Every year before I head over to speak at IDEA World, I whip up a summary of my picks for the convention. Choosing your sessions is always the most difficult part of going to any convention.
And since IDEA World is the largest fitness convention in the entire United States and they bring in the best presenters in the industry, this could potentially be the hardest one to pick your sessions. Although the Perform Better summits are always extremely difficult too!
NOTE: This are my personal preferences, and does not mean that other sessions are not worth going to. These would just be my choices.
So this is the 2015 version of “Handicapping the IDEA World Fitness Convention”.
Wednesday – Preconference Sessions
If you’re going to start IDEA World early, then I’d either attend the TRX Functional Training Course or Book Yourself Solid.
After Fraser tell me at FILEX all about the massive revamp that they have been working on for the TRX Course, I know this would be a day well spent! That, and the fact that my boy Michael Piercy is teaching it, you can’t go wrong.
Although I was not able to listen to Shannon’s session at IDEA PTI West (I had a session in the same time slot) I was lucky enough to spend a little bit of time with Michael Port (the author of Book Yourself Solid) at FILEX last year. His information is great, and is very applicable to fitness. Something most people don’t realise is he actually worked in fitness centers for a number of years!
Block C (7-7:45am)
If you’re going to start early and get a workout in I’d either be headed to Dan McDonogh’s TRX Flow session, Shannon Fable & Brett Klika’s Rookie Rumble or check out Jeremy Shore & Aimee Nicotera’s D-Max POWER session. Dan is an awesome presenter, and with his new position at Under Armour who knows how many chances you’ll get to attend a session run by him. If this is your first time going to IDEA World, then make sure you attend the Rookie Rumble.
Block D (8:10-10am)
This time block has two huge leader in the fitness industry, so it’s a tough call between Mark Verstegen and John Berardi. I can guarantee I’ll be in Mark’s EXOS: Every Day is Game Day session because he’s one of my favourite presenters to listen to. So when I get a chance, I jump on the opportunity to listen to him speak. But John’s Precision Nutrition: How to Fix a Broken Diet is a great session as well, and will be filled with excellent information no doubt.
Block F (2-3:50pm)
There are 3 presentations that stand out to me in this session, but it will really come down to what will serve your clients the best to which one you choose here. Lenny Parracino’s 3-D Flexibility and Strength and Cassidy Phillips Myosfascial Compression Techniques sessions will both be outstanding choices if you’re trying to get your clients to move better. And I know from experience they are both extremely knowledgeable presenters who always share great information.
But if you’re training baby boomers then make sure to get to Cody Sipe’s Functional Power for the Older Adult session. I’m actually off to speak Cody’s Functional Aging Summit this weekend and can tell you first hand that when it comes to this demographic he really knows his stuff!
Block G (4:10-5:40pm)
After a full day of learning you might find you need a little pick me up and you’ve got 3 great choices if you want to move.
TRX Obstacle Race Training with Fraser Quelch
LTS: LeBOOT with Marc Lebert
Coaching Chaos – The Multidirectional Athlete with John Sinclair
But if you feel like getting your learn on a little bit more, you can either check out John Berardi’s The Complete Fitness Professional: Use Your Passion for Fitness to Create a Successful Career or Brett Klika’s Small-Group Training- What’s Next? I had the chance to sit through Brett’s talk at IDEA PTI West and if you’re training in groups you will get a lot of great info from this session. I’ll be sitting in on John’s talk because I heard a lot of great feedback after he did this same talk at IDEA PTI East this year.
Block H (8-9:50am)
After a full day one you’ll get a bit of a sleep in, but Friday starts with a couple great options. Perry Nickleston is someone who I’ve been following for a few years and never had the chance to see him in person so I’m looking forward to checking out his Performance Movement Taping session. But if this isn’t you’re thing Cody Sipe has another session, but this time it’s on the business side of attracting boomers (Explode Your Business with Mature Clients).
Block I (10:10-12pm)
Back in February I was able to sit in and participate in Brett Klika & Craig Valency’s Reshaping Youth Fitness session and they have a wealth of knowledge to share! If you train children or have any desire to then this is a must attend session because mark my words, Brett & Craig will be the go to experts when it comes to youth training in the next few years.
Since I’ve been to their session I’m going to check out Brent Gallagher’s Think Inside the Box lecture. I was lucky enough to hear Brent speak at Club Industry in Chicago last year and he definitely has some unique approaches worth listening to. We’ve since become friends, so getting to know him even better I know he’s got a boat load to share.
Block J (2:15-4:05pm)
This time slot has one of the first people I followed when I became a personal trainer, Peter Twist and his How to Safely Introduce Plyometrics into Your Clients Routines. Whenever I can get to see one of Twister’s session I will always jump in. But you’ve also got Sue Hitzmann’s Strategies to Stop Joint Pain workshop in this time slot you could check out. Sue’s an extremely smart woman, so if you’ve got clients (or you personally) struggle with joint pain, this might be your best choice.
You’ve also got a lecture by Amanda Vogel called Social Media Tips for Your Fitness Career that would be well worth going to. No doubt she’ll be sharing some great, easy to implement tips that will help you present yourself the right way via your social media.
Block K (4:30-5:51pm)
You’re either going to get hit with a massive hit of energy or copious amounts of knowledge bombs in this time slot. If you’re feeling like being motivated and energized you can hit the Sweat It Out with the Masters session with Julie Arney, Amy Dixon & Todd Durkin for three times the energy. Maybe you’d rather do some booty and core, so you’ll want to join Marc Lebert for his LTS: Metabolic Shape Shifter session. Or check out Brett Klika’s fast and furious session 5 Minute Body Weight Super Circuits. But no matter which of these you choose, be prepared to sweat!
If you’d prefer to exercise your brain, then you’ve got two great speakers to choose from. Either jump into Rachel Cosgrove’s How To Be The CEO of Your Career in the Fitness Industry or Chris Mohr’s 10 Eating Strategies to Get Even Your Most Stubborn Clients Out of Their Rut. Go with your gut here, because one of these will speak to you more than the other I’m sure.
Block L (7:30-9:20am)
Bright and early I finally have my first session, Become a Booty Builder, so hopefully I see a few of you in that one (I know it’s almost full at the time of writing this). If you’re not in my session and you’ve never seen Greg Roskopf speak before, do yourself a favour and go check out his An In-Depth Look at Corrective Exercise session.
Two other great options in this time slot are Michael Piercy’s TRX: Multimodality Circuits or Michelle Felzmann’s Functional Fascia for Group Exercise session.
Block M (9:40-11:30am)
This time slot is an easy choice for me because I’ll be sitting in on Todd Durkin’s Explode Your Sales to Record Levels lecture. Even though TD is known for his high energy workouts, what most don’t realise is what a tremendously successful businessman he is. So when TD talks business I listen.
But if you’re feeling like getting active go check out the dynamic duo of Amy Dixon and Douglas Brooks in BOSU Plyo Power. But if you haven’t used the TRX RIP much then Fraser’s TRX Secret’s for Successful RIP Training will be well worth your time.
Block N (1:45-3:35pm)
This would be the hardest time slot of the weekend for me to pick if it wasn’t for one small thing…that I’m part of a panel called Social Media: Money Maker or Time Waster with Amanda Vogel, Amanda Patterson & Katy Widrick.
To say I was devastated to see that Greg Roskopf’s other session was here is an understatement. That makes it 2 conferences this year we’re both at and we speak in the same time slots. Needless to say, his session Isolation vs. Integration is well worth going to.
Another session I was bummed out to see was here is TRX Advanced Suspension Training with Dan McDonogh & Chris Frankel. I’ve seen Chris once before and he is smarter than most in the industry, so always great to learn from, let alone teaming up with Dan.
A couple other sessions I would go to if I weren’t speaking at the same time:
Fascia Gone Wild with Bill & Valorie Sonnemaker
Insights Into Functional Training with Chuck Wolf
The Benefits of Ground to Standing Exercises with Pete McCall
Constructing a Personal Training Business with Troy Fontana
Nutrition in the News – The Truth Behind the Media Headlines with Chris Mohr
See, I told you there are a lot of great sessions in this time slot!
Block O (4-5:30pm)
What better way to end Saturday then with a high energy, motivating session with Todd Durkin in his appropriately titled Energy Explosion! session. One other session that interests me is with Brent Brookbush called Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunction. I’ve never heard Brent speak, but have read a number of articles which are really good.
Block P (7:30-9:20am)
If you didn’t hit the LA night life too hard the night before then maybe I’ll see you in my session Good to Great: Personal Training 2.0. This is my favourite workshop this year at IDEA World with what I think is a lot of essential information that most trainers don’t know (or use).
But if I wasn’t speaking, I would most definitely be in Pat Rigsby’s Building the Ultimate Training Business session. Pat is not only a great guy, he’s very bright when it comes to business. So if you need to work on your business, get to Pat’s session.
Block Q (9:40-11:30am)
I know, I know…IDEA World 2015 is almost over but you can end it on a high with me in my The Ultimate Body Weight Workout session. This was a hit at the FILEX fitness convention in Australia, so what better way to end here in LA.
You’ve also got Chuck Wolf’s Regression Before Progression session, which is a concept that I think most fit pros could get better at. It’s easy to advance exercises, but not also so easy to regress them. So if you feel you want to improve in this area, Chuck is one of the best!
Or you could go see the pocket rocket Amanda Mittleman’s Sedentary to Superhero: Unleash Success lecture that I know will be great! So you really can’t lose in this time slot.
And there you have it, my rundown of the IDEA World 2015 Fitness Convention! If you’re going to be there, make sure to come up and say hi, I absolutely love meeting new people!