5 Fitness Expos Worth Checking Out

By Anita Mirchandani 

Whether you are already firmly grounded in the workout world or a curious consumer, the fitness industry is full of opportunities to learn and explore. Trainers, group fitness instructors, studio owners/managers and, yes, even avid gym-goers have the opportunity to interact with like-minded people, experience new exercise offerings, update their credentials with continuing education, and learn about the latest in health technology at conferences and expos around the country. Here are 5 fitness expos worth checking out…

1. ECA World Fitness, March 6-9 2014, New York City

ECA World Fitness Alliance is a three-day fitness extravaganza featuring world renown top fitness instructors and classes from Thursday evening through Sunday, taking place at the Marriot Marquis. You’ll get a sneak peek at new programs before the public has a chance!

Highlights this year include…
– The Fitist Fitness Mash-up Class: led by Kara Liotta of FlyBarre, Noah Nieman of Barry’s Bootcamp, Layla Luciano of SLT and Barry’s Bootcamp, and Natalie Uhling of SLT and Nufit.
– Instructors Holly Rillinger, Patricia Moreno, Lisa Wheeler, Carmen Diges, Tracey Mallett, Ilaria Montagnani, and more.
– Innovative class offerings including Plyoga, Jillian Michaels Body Shred and more!

2. IHRSA, March 12-15 2014, San Diego

IHRSA is the trade association serving the health and fitness club industry. Not only is there an opportunity to experience exciting exercise classes, but also an opportunity to learn through the variety of panel discussions or workshops offered. In addition, take advantage of exploring the Trade Show. Vendors such as Cross Rope, Green Series Fitness, Jacobs Ladder, Lebert Fitness Inc, and more!

Highlights this year include…
– How to convert empty studio space into all day profit centers with virtual classes
– Panel on group fitness: solutions to operating profitable programs

3. ACSM Health & Fitness Summit, April 1-4,2014, Atlanta

This interdisciplinary conference offers innovative and heart-pumping group workouts, hands-on workshops, an expo hall, and networking opportunities. The Summit is the one place health and fitness professionals explore the full spectrum of the industry – from science to practical application with the ability to earn up to 16.5 Continuing Education Credits by attending the educational sessions.

Highlights this year include…
– Multiple programming tracks i.e Social Media & Tech, Nutrition, Work site Health Promotion
– Workout featuring the Kamagon ball (HIT workout)
– Exhibitors include Human Kinetics

4.  FitBloggin’, June 26-29, 2014, Savannah

FitBloggin’ is a community oriented initiative to bring together health-conscious bloggers for a weekend of education, networking and friendship. Learn about the business of blogging, social media tips, and wellness programming.

Highlights this year include…
– Amazing life stories by a hand selected group of speakers
– Tech talks including one on Google+ by Anita Mirchandani
– Small group discussions on blogging

5.  IDEA World Fitness Conference, August 13-17, 2014, Anaheim

The IDEA conference includes some of the best opportunities in the fitness industry. It is also an efficient way to obtain continuing education credits, network with the most well respected experts in the field, and receive exposure to the latest programs, products and equipment.

Highlights this year include…
– Opening ceremony keynote speech by Diana Nyad
– A HIIT workout: Bosu Metabolic Challenge
– New for 2014: Technology focus (apps, tips and more!)

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