Spring is the perfect season to get out there and start networking with other leaders in the fitness industry while freshening up your approach for a solid second quarter. Fitness conferences and summits can be a great way to do just that over the course of a few days with curated sessions that let you learn insider tips from the gamechangers in your field. Most everyone in the industry knows about IHRSA, one of the largest fitness industry conferences which took place in early March this year, but there are a ton of other opportunities around the world to meet and learn from other industry professionals. We’ve put together a list of fitness and health conferences taking place from March through June 2017 that you may want to consider!
1. Fitness Business Summit
March 24 – March 26, San Diego, CA
Registration closed for this year
The Fitness Business Summit is geared towards studio/gym owners who are looking to increase their revenue and expand their business, or as the website states, for those looking to, “crush the competition.” Taking place from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, all three days are packed with 30 speakers covering topics like marketing strategies; gaining and retaining members; how to achieve a work-life balance as a fitness professional; becoming a better coach; leveraging media and many other topics!
This is a great networking event for those in the fitness industry and can be revitalizing if you feel like the end of first quarter has you craving a boost of energy and inspiration. Unfortunately, the event has sold old since we began compiling this conference list, but we wanted to include this one anyway for you to mark on your calendar for next year! If you have questions, you can also email their support team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. IDEA Personal Trainer Institute (West)
March 31 – April 2, Seattle, WA
Register Here, full conference cost – $489
The IDEA Personal Trainer Institute (IDEAPTI) is a great conference because it offers a variety of benefits for attendees including: the ability to earn up to 29 CECs to get recertified in one go; access to presentations from successful fitness leaders; the chance to shop the newest gear and equipment; and the opportunity to network with other fitness gurus from all over the country. Conveniently the event is hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, which is just across from the airport. The conference takes place from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 and is the west coast counterpart to IDEAPTI East, which happens in early March. With over 100 sessions happening over the course of three days, it’s a jam-packed event that will definitely have a little something for everyone whether you want to gain some marketing techniques, learn about exercise science and research, or how to be a better coach for your clients—you should be covered at IDEAPTI!
The world-renowned Yoga Magazine is hosting its annual four-day yoga conference that is a must for yoga teachers and dedicated students alike. This year Deepak Chopra, one of the most influential voices on mind-body-spirit wellbeing and integrative medicine, is headlining the event along with dozens of the top teachers and leaders in the yoga industry. Yoga Journal LIVE has been running for over twenty years and gathers yoga masters and legendary spiritual teachers from all genres of yoga in one place for an immersive and transformative weekend of classes, workshops offering CE units, the latest trends in yoga at the Yoga Marketplace, and many inspirational talks that will leave you feeling invigorated and ready to imbue to your students and staff with fresh perspective and energy.
This is one of the top events of the year for yogis, teachers, and studio owners who are looking to deepen their practice and teaching. It will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan with special room rates for those who choose to book their stay at the hotel.
FILEX is one of the biggest events in the Australian fitness industry that unites over 2,000 fitness professionals with the top health and fitness leaders in the world for three days of conferences, workshops, and networking opportunities. Hosted at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, the conference runs from Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 and is packed with opportunities and educational talks for those in the fitness industry. The breakdown on the website shows that attendees can look forward to a conference made up of workshops (28%), lectures (37%), master classes (26%), interactive lectures (10%), and networking opportunities (100%). The topics of these workshops, classes, and lectures includes business tips, personal training, group fitness and training, mind-body connection, nutrition and weight loss, coaching and behavior change, and exercise medicine among many other thought-provoking subjects that will send you home with a head full of new ideas for your business as well as a list of new contacts!
If the Paleo Movement, or clean eating/living in general, is more than just a passing trend for you, look no further than the Paleo f(x) summit, which gathers the top authors, nutritionists and health experts in one place for three, immersive days of learning about ancestral health. This summit is meant for those new to the Paleo movement as well as those with more experience who are in search of more in-depth knowledge from experts. Sessions are ranked as beginner, intermediate, and advanced to guide attendees to the right level for their experience. Some of the notable speakers include Mark Sisson (a renowned authority in the low-carb movement), Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (author of The Paleo Approach Cookbook), Dr. David Perlmutter (author of Grain Brain) and many other leaders in the field.
The conference will be hosted from Friday, May 21 to Sunday, May 23 at the Palmer Events Center in Butler Park just outside of Austin’s bustling downtown. The three-day event promises cooking demonstrations, workshops, talks on the latest in nutrition and fitness science, book signings, and many opportunities to connect with a diverse tribe of other passionate and driven health buffs!
6. Pilates Empowerment Summit
June 1 – 2, Miami, FL
Registration starts soon, full conference cost – $299
The Pilates Empowerment Summit is happening for the fourth year in a row, and this year promises to be one of the best yet with Mary Bowen signed on as this year’s keynote speaker—and for those who don’t know her, Mary is one of only a handful of teachers remaining who studied with founders Joseph and Clara Pilates! This event will take place in Miami over the course of two, intensive days with over 50 sessions that offer 14 Peak Pilates® CECs and PMA credits with some of the top Pilates instructors in the industry, plus access to the best new equipment and gear at discounted prices at the Pilates Shop. Classes and workshops range from advanced reformer classes, to pre-natal Pilates, to tower classes, and sessions that focus on working with special populations like older clients and those who are overweight. This summit is perfect for any teachers or studio owners looking to refresh their skills and increase their knowledge of the latest trends and fundamentals in Pilates! Registration begins at the start of spring with discounted pricing the sooner you register.
The Barbell Business Workshop is new on the scene of fitness conferences, but it packs a major punch in meaningful and inclusive conversations and learning opportunities geared towards gym owners, specifically those running CrossFit gyms or “boxes.” However, even if your gym is not exclusively dedicated to CrossFit, this intensive weekend can offer amazing insights about growing, improving, and automating aspects of your business, so that you can strike that sweet, often elusive, balance between chasing your dreams and enjoying your life! Under the guidance of the founders of Barbell Business, Mike Bledsoe and Doug Larson, you will have a chance to learn their insights into marketing, client experience, sustainable business models, new versus old ways of thinking, and how to maintain your wellbeing while running your gym. Sound good? Early registration means discounts, so if this peaks your interest, sign up now! The conference will happen from Saturday June 3 through Sunday June 4 and will coincide with the more mainstream Strong Summit happening nearby in Toronto!