I've used IDEA for many moons. Always up to date and makes my job easier! Absolutely love the World Conventions. Only thing that keeps me from attending all is how expensive the hotels are. I never had the luxury of having a significant other who pays my bills and I get to play in fitness. I'm a retired USAF veteran. My USAF career field was sports and fitness. I have managed to stay in this field for 30+ years. A little break (financially) would be awesome but it's never happened. Thank you and keep doing good things for the Health & Fitness Arena!!
Review by Philomene1 year ago
I attended what will probably be my last convention for IDEA in awhile primarily because I think the organization has lost any emphathy it has for it's basic demographic (personal trainers and group exercise instructors). As I walked down the hallways during this year's World Convention in San Diego, I saw a variety of signs with the motto "Inspire the world to fitness" and "let's make it epic!". In addition, part of its mission statement is to reach as many health and fitness professionals as possible" and to create value to its members.I thought to myself, "catch phrases" might be fun, but IDEA has lost it's way if it truly thinks it is capturing the younger, future trainers of the fitness world.
Prior to the conference, I actually sent an email to the organization asking them what went through the minds of its event planners when they decided to pick one of the priciest venues in the country to hold its conference. To make matters worse, they negotiated with the highest priced hotels in the area to get the incredible, discounted price of between $300 to $350 a night (note sarcasm). I have to wonder who thought it made sense knowing the median salaries of personal trainers and group exercise instructors, to expect them to pay upwards of $2k for a fitness conference (which is what you are talking about if you use the hotels they partnered with, the registration, airfare, and food). Also keep in mind that these conferences are rarely paid by a trainer's organization. Instead, they pay out of their own pockets and also miss work in the process.
The reply I received from IDEA was a rather defensive one from a gentleman named Calvin La. In the reply, Calvin in no way addressed my main concerns (especially the hotel costs which was the lion's share of the expense). Instead, he went on to list where the next 5 years of conventions would be and explain that a cheaper venue like Vegas (site of the 2017 convention) would not take place again for 10 years. He also went on to talk about an installment payment plan for their registration fee (yeah, he truly doesn't get it). It was pretty apparent that Calvin's only concern was to use some regurgitated talking points he was spoon fed that didn't apply to what I asked him (not "where"..."why").
Ironically, prior to the first class, I sat down at a table and the couple sitting there were complaining about how insanely expensive things were (I guess it wasn't just me).
The fact of the matter is, if IDEA had any concern for it's members it could have simply negotiated with hotels that were less costly (maybe get the rooms discounted down to somewhere in the $150 range..very doable) and if they happened to be a little further away, I'm sure no one would have minded taking Lyft for a $10 ride to save between $150-$200 a night (again, I have to wonder what goes through the minds of their event coordinators to pick the priciest hotel). This is a business trip...not a vacation. Unfortunately, two of my peers couldn't attend due to the prohibited pricing. In my case, this was merely a reunion of sorts (I have enough CECs to recertify for the next 6 years if they carried them over). I can afford it but can think of better ways to spend my money then to attend an overpriced conference package and am bothered by the lack of concern for younger trainers just starting out.
Instead of inspiring the world to fitness, what IDEA has done is simply made its conferences a cash grab of people that can barely afford to pay those costs.
With that said, there are plenty of way to get CECs at a more affordable cost. PT on the Net is a good avenue and there are many other online sources. Should you like the convenience and ability to network at a fitness conference, Perform Better also offers one that is typically only 3 days and spans from a Friday through Sunday, so you won't have to miss as much work. And if anyone needs any advice on other sources, feel free to message me. I've been training for 18 years and have been around the block, so to speak.
If anyone from IDEA reads this, I really hope you will take this comment to heart and not be as defensive as Calvin was.
Review by Greengo1 year ago
Idea is the outlet of all fitness and wellbeing information globally. It is a place to begin and a place to end up like a master Pro. I recommend this company to anyone who is looking for complex wide spectrum and sound knowledge of continuing education and current fitness express know how. This company makes you feel that you are a partner of it. Customer services are amazing on site, via email or by phone. There crush the odds concept of we are a family regardless of your colour, race or ethnic background makes this company a must be part of it. Thanks to Kathy & Peter Davis who has maintained there high quality standard of running such a unique organization which is capable of serving lots of countries. I hope that They revisit there earlier concept of Idea conventions going Global as it started in Brighton in the UK in the 90s.
Review by DilysM Vallström1 year ago
Fast and stress free courses. Great specials. :)
Review by Churchfields1 year ago
Love everything about IDEA. The website is helpful with great articles, videos, and hosting some amazing conferences around the U.S.
Review by Anett1 year ago
So easy to get CEC's and there are many interesting subjects offered.
Review by Chandran1 year ago
Love being part of the association!
Review by CBlossom Taherbhoy1 year ago
I've assisted for about 27 events so it must be an agreeable experience for me.
Review by Pontewhites1 year ago
Excellent conferences & tremendous resource
Review by Starwin Doeq1 year ago
I've been a member over 20 yrs and have always had professional, prompt, respectful, funny, congenial service on the phone, in person, email or text.
Thx for all the years IDEA!
Review by Kitebs1 year ago
Enjoy and appreciate all the work that is going on to assist us in helping others lead healthier lives
Review by Josdark1 year ago
Great platform for reaching clients on the internet. Minimal work on my part to get my credentials out there for clients to see. Thanks idea fit.
Review by OtherUser Dogar1 year ago
I rely on IDEA for information and education. It is exemplary.
Review by LadyL Seasman1 year ago
I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with IDEA and am looking forward to once again volunteering at this year's Convention. The high quality staff and education you provide is outstanding!
Review by Inka1 year ago
The most helpful and educational community in fitness industry!!
Review by AdaP1 year ago
This is a great source of fitness education.
Review by Filecha1 year ago
Best Health and Fitness Association!
Review by Kruthi1 year ago
IDEA's comprehensive website and services offer tremendous support to health and wellness professionals. I have two ACE fitness certifications, and receive discounts on certification renewals through my IDEA membership. I also enjoy attending IDEA's annual conferences.
Review by AndrewL Lapsinskis1 year ago
Lots of education and excitement
Review by Possidento1 year ago
An excellent organization that provides a number of educational opportunities for the fitness professional.
Review by ChristyW Derrow1 year ago
Great training options and courses, keeps us connected to and in the fitness industry
Review by FrankW1 year ago
Excellent web-site, conferences, & courses. Only improvement is to keep adding more exercises to the Workout Builder
Review by Dubuc1 year ago
A wonderful organization that unites fitness professionals with one of the last remaining international conventions and printed magazines. Due to recent changes, they are finding their way in an ever-changing fitness market and evaluating their values and staff, and this effect always filters down, usually in a positive way.
Review by Bernike1 year ago
I have been able to refer people out of the area to Idea Fit.com for trainers and I LOVE the FB posts I can buy and post. Makes my life much easier.
Review by Murrayms1 year ago
IDEA is the Gold Standard for all fitness and wellness professionals.