Presenter Wows Attendees by Walking on His Hands

Friday, July 11, 2008
Presenters, be warned: if you make a claim of prowess to IDEA attendees, you risk being called on to prove it! Phil Block found that out this morning. He told us he'd learned to walk on his hands as a kid after his mother challenged him to do it for a dollar--"and 30 years later," he added, "I can still do it." Well, he wasn't getting away with that. The cheer went up for a demo, and Phil--a trifle bashful now ("okay, it's been awhile")--found himself promising to try after class. What a sport: Phil came through with flying colors, truly "walking his talk" and earning roaring applause from the floor. What's more, the lesson in there was as good as the fun: if we can get our kids moving when they are still kids, their bodies won't forget. Challenge a child to move in a new way today--and plant a seed. When we lay down exercise at the cellular level, we give our children a gift that will last a lifetime. This is my last day on-site, and the impressions of my time here are swarming around in my head. I think of Charles, from Kenya, whom I bumped into on the first morning. We walked together just long enough to locate a room--and by the time we got there, we were fast friends. Charles had traveled for 2.5 days, covering 22,000 miles, to attend this event--and he had the biggest smile on his face that I've seen in a long time. Charles, come back soon--we love you! I also think of all the languages I hear as I walk the corridors--Russian, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean--and it warms my heart to feel part of something that unites people from such different places. The industry feels like it's thriving. There is so much variety out there in the way of programs and equipment; veteran presenters have got so much experience to draw on as they teach the younger attendees; and the public's need for the skills and knowledge of fitness professionals has never been greater. So keep up the good work, everyone, and have a great year. Keep connected with each other--and let the IDEA editors know how you are and what you're up to. Bye for now.