Every year I attend the fantastic Fitpro Convention and over the years I have done workshops with Charles Poloquin, Paul Chek , Matt Roberts an endless list of fitness specialists who have influenced the fitness industry .
When I worked as freelance trainer for a club I would start asking my fitness manager if they have any complimentary tickets for the Fitpro convention . A glazed look would appear and they would ask . What is the Fitpro convention? I would be hopping up and down OMG I can’t believe you don’t know.
So for those who don’t know or who have overlooked this event.
If I had to describe Fitpro as a book
It would be a compelling powerful read that will set fireworks of ideas exploding in your head so mesmerizingly addictive you can’t wait for the sequel.
This year was exceptional in the professionalism of both the presenters and attendees.
Fitpro is an individual journey and I always attend alone or go my own direction when I arrive. So I can absorb everything.
I kicked day 2 off with a brilliant Power Yoga session with Anne See Yeoh a yoga flow which I can take back to my Yoga group and gave me a super stretch to prepare my body to sit for the intense vast info I was about to gorge on.
My fitness career has dominantly been of a Personal Trainer back ground and I choose workshops around my specialised areas of weight loss ,management and running. In other words stuff that I can educate my clients with and then some solid business advice and ideas how I can progress forward in this evolving world fitness.
This year I found myself strongly influenced by Dr. John Berardi and his lectures on the future of nutrition and body transformation which presented facts and benefits of fasting and how trainers can do science experimentation and measurement in the real world. His presentations were so engrossing I actually missed some planned ones as I couldn’t miss out on his!
All information that we as fitpro’s need to know. Clients hear all things new almost as fast as us these days and we need to have all the research backed up for the right answers.
I attended a Barefoot running workshop with Stacey Lei Krauss and found a new spin for my running courses. The press has been so confusing of late where to land on the foot when running and I have read so many conflicting articles in the glossy fit mags so to meet a runner and specialist who has been following the barefoot practice for 10 years was great and convinced me to have a go and ditch my Asics. I can’t believe how much I have ignored my feet ( I know it’s a rude word ) and what lazy toes I have, are you exercising your toes?!
I got down to business with
Paul Mort’s entertaining Bootcamp manifesto which gave me some real gold nuggets to implement in my SoSpa fitness holiday business and a chat with him sorted out the healthy shots of his new Lean Greens for my new fast food nutrition venture.
Jon Lipsey editor of Men’s Health shared some enlightening advice on media. Why not look at spreading your knowledge and opinions to masses if you are passionate about them?
Between all that I had a 35 minute window to move between lectures or workshops and it’s the opportunity to find out more and everyone wants to share their excitement of what they have just learnt with you and how they will apply it to their business which sets off thought bubbles again in your own head!
Whoo what a rollercoaster. The above accounted for about half a day. With 2 days can you imagine how much I learned?
Value for money? This is I consider a hugely valuable investments in both myself personally and my business that I make all year.
If you wish to hunt with the hounds and run with the hare’s . You really can’t afford to miss it.