IHRSA 2013 Wrap Up: The Trade Show and Random Happenings

As my final wrap up of the 2013 IHRSA Convention, I wanted to share some of the great photos from the trade show, plus a few random stories from my visit to Las Vegas.

I don’t think that I mentioned that I drove alone, because my husband couldn’t make it and my coworker was driving up the day before. It’s a long drive, over four hours, and I chose to take what we call the long way, as opposed to the back way, which cuts through the desert, but is a lot more isolated. It takes about a half hour longer, but since it is up Interstate 15 it is a lot safer for a solo driver. Not to mention the Starbucks in Barstow and the rest stop about an hour outside of Vegas.

After checking in to my hotel, I needed to get to the Mandalay Bay before 6:00, because that is when registration would close for the day. Since I planned on attending the opening reception at 7:00, I needed to have my pass first. I took the time to unpack, then left about 5:15 to drive the two and a half miles. I actually used my GPS, even though I knew where I was going, and it insisted that I take Las Vegas Blvd., the Strip. My instinct was to avoid it, but I soon found that all roads were packed with bumper to bumper rush hour traffic, and the Strip was as good as any.

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My only time on the Strip was spent in my car.

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Ah, Vegas

It took me a half hour to navigate that short distance. Once there, parking was easy, though it was a long walk from the parking garage to the convention center (I estimated about a half mile, based on it taking me about 10 minutes, walking briskly).

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The only gambling I did was while waiting to meet my coworker on Tuesday evening. I lost $5.

Fast forward to Wednesday evening. I had invitations to two dinners. As I wrote in a previous post, my company, WTS International, was hosting a dinner at the Yard House, which is about a mile south of the Mandalay Bay. At the same time, FitFluential, for which I am an Ambassador, was hosting a dinner at the Mandalay Bay. I felt obligated for the company dinner, but I really, really wanted to meet some of my fellow Ambassadors. I had what I thought was a great idea.

I would leave my hotel early enough (the last session was finished by 3:00, so I had time to go back and change), drive to the Mandalay Bay, pop up and meet some FitFluential peeps, then dash off and drive the one mile or so to my company dinner. Great plan. But you know what they say about best laid plans.

My plan started to go awry as soon as I started my drive from my hotel. I planned to take a half hour, as it had the night before. I planned to take the Strip, since that was the best choice from the day before. So much for plans. After driving for 20 minutes, I found myself less than a mile from my hotel. I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I could finally see ahead of me that all the southbound lanes of Las Vegas Blvd. (my side) were closed. It looked like there was some kind of protest in progress (I found out later it was the culinary workers on strike). They were making all the southbound traffic U-turn and head back the way we came. So, after 35 minutes on the road I was right back at my hotel. Not good.

By the time I maneuvered through some side streets and made it to the Mandalay Bay, it was already 6:00, so I decided I had to skip my FitFluential meet-up. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time with co-workers, but I was disappointed that I missed out meeting some bloggers that I admire.

Enough talking about Las Vegas traffic. Let’s get to the fun. The trade show started on Wednesday. As I’ve written before, it is always an amazing experience. Just imaging this huge room, filled with every kind of fitness toy that you can imagine (and some you’d never imagine). All the big equipment manufacturers, the supply companies, anything you could possibly need to manage a health club or fitness center. Treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weights, functional exercise equipment, software, locker room supplies, saunas and steam rooms, Zumba, Les Mills, Anti-Gravity Yoga, Spinning, Kettlebells, TRX, and much, much more. It’s like a toy store for fitness people. Plus the place is crowded with people, music playing, classes going on all around. Here are some pictures so you can imagine you’re there.

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Before we even entered the trade show. A sample of what was to come.

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The Matrix booth. Some of the companies had floor space larger than the fitness center that I manage.

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Lots of people!

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So much has changed in a few years. This type of frame, used to attach TRX and other functional exercise aids were rare four years ago, common now.

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Big Ass Fans

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More frames and functional equipment

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This was the Balanced Body booth. I loved this piece of equipment (and it’s inventor). Simple, elegant, functional.

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Life Fitness, with more functional equipment.

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Zumba!

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I did finally get to meet fellow FitFluential Ambassador Lindsay, of Lindsay’s List. She was working the Technogym booth.

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The very cute Exercise Lab girls.

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Ready for spin class?

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Yet more functional equipment. I love the bright colors!

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More indoor cycling.

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In this spin class you can imagine you’re outside climbing steep mountains.

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My husband Alan used to surf with Laird Hamilton’s dad. I told Laird this, but he didn’t seem impressed.

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If you’ve ever used the eSpinner, you will recognize master trainer Josh.

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I did want to share a picture of my co-worker. I hope she agrees that this is a great photo!

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In case you forgot, I got do experience the Anti Gravity Yoga too.

Altogether a pretty amazing experience. I can’t wait until next year. IHRSA 2014 in San Diego!

I hope you enjoyed my recap. If you missed any of the previous IHRSA posts, here they are:

Back from IHRSA: The Teaser Post

Weekly Training Recap: Includes Vegas Workouts!

Vegan in Vegas: IHRSA 2013 Dining Options

IHRSA 2013: The Sessions, Part 1

IHRSA 2013: The Sessions, Part 2

Now that you’ve read all that, wouldn’t you like to come visit me next year and attend IHRSA 2014? Hope to see you there!

IHRSA 2013: The Sessions, Part 2

As promised, I’m back to discuss the two most intriguing sessions that I attended at the IHRSA Convention. If you missed part one, click here.

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Strength Training for Baby Boomers and Beyond

Did you know that 75% of adults over age 60 are overweight or obese (JAMA, 2010)? Without resistance training, we lose about six pounds of muscle per decade. That translates to a metabolic rate reduction of 3% per decade and a fat gain of 16 pounds in a decade. Once we hit 50, the muscle loss increases to 10 pounds per decade (Nelson, JAMA 1994). Muscle loss increases risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (Strasser, J. Obesity, 2011). According to fitness expert and researcher Wayne Westcott, Ph.D, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

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However, Dr. Westcott, with numerous studies to back up his claims, stated that a simple program of resistance training, 10-20 total exercise sets, can reverse muscle loss in adults of all ages. For example, a large study (1,644 subjects), using ACSM strength training guidelines (1 set of 8-12 repetitions of 12 exercises two-three days per week), resulted in a three pound increase of  lean (muscle) weight in 10 weeks of training (Westcott, Physician and Sports Medicine, 2009). That muscle gain can help to increase resting metabolism and reduce body fat.

It doesn’t stop there. A similar resistance training program has been proven to facilitate physical function, resist and control Type 2 Diabetes, improve cardiovascular health, increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind) while reducing LDL and triglycerides, increase bone mineral density, enhance mental health, and reverse aging factors.

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Ignore the title of this session for a moment. This information is relevant to all age groups. Obesity is at an all-time high, young children are getting Type 2 Diabetes, low back pain is afflicting adults of all ages. This next screen will scare the hell out of you.

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The study above took 5,000 participants and used accelerometers to measure their activity. The percentage of the population of various ages that attained a bare minimum of physical activity is listed above. That activity is equal to walking 30 minutes pretty slowly (about 2.5 mph), five days a week.

Dr. Westcott went on to discuss strength training principles, and the benefits of a higher protein diet (1.5 grams per kilogram of ideal body weight-note that it is ideal weight, not actual), along with high fruit, vegetable, and water intake, moderate calories (low fat, low starch), in conjunction with the resistance training.

The Future of Fitness

I saved this session review until last because it was the one that most interested me. I’ve even discussed it with some of my students and they were eager to get in on the conversation. I hope that you will to.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this session was led by a panel of experts representing ACE, the American Council on Exercise. The speakers were Scott Goudeseune, CEO of ACE, Janet Frenkel, COO, and Cedric Bryant, Ph.D,  CSO. The title, the Future of Fitness refers to ACE Vision 2035, their vision to eliminate obesity by 2035. Quite a lofty goal.

The plan to achieve this goal is comprehensive and involves the health care community, local leaders, the fitness community, schools, and employers. As part of the fitness community, I focused on what I personally can do as a personal trainer and fitness director.

One of the things that was mentioned, is that we must change the way we talk about fitness. Currently, most health clubs market themselves to fit people. Think of the advertising that you’ve seen. Usually a picture of a young, fit, muscular person, in relatively skimpy clothing, looking happy and healthy. Is that motivating? Or intimidating? Think about what an obese person feels when they walk through the doors of our fitness centers. What do they see when they walk in the door? What does the salesman talk about? How about the personal trainer with the introductory training session? Are those experiences designed to help an un-fit, overweight person begin their health journey? Or is it an overwhelmingly embarrassing experience that leaves that person in deeper despair that before? What can we do to make fitness accessible to everyone?

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Some of the things discussed that the fitness community can do is to make sure that they are hiring qualified, certified trainers. We also need to assume a degree of accountability. Because if are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

This is just a partial report on the big plans that ACE has to eliminate obesity by 2035. You can read the full 2012 Impact Report, which includes Vision 2035, here.

I know that many of my readers are active and fit, and that a lot of you are involved in the fitness industry. What do you think? How do we make fitness accessible? How do we get the inactive to move? How do we educate the population about the real dangers of obesity, and encourage them to change their behavior? Please discuss.

IHRSA 2013: The Sessions, Part 1

Now that I’ve been home from Vegas for a few days, caught up at work, seen a movie (Argo, for the second time), run a 5k, I am ready to look back through my notes and review the sessions that I attended at IHRSA 2013 last week.

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Create a Successful Personal Training Team

The first session I attended was led by Mark Nutting, CSCS, NSCA-CPT-AR, Fitness Director/Master Trainer at Saco Sports and Fitness. I tend to go to the sessions focused on personal training (though I skipped the other two I’d planned for this convention). The advice pretty much comes down to the same thing: Hire the Right People (and keep hiring). I always take something new with me though. This time it was a suggestion to bring in the potential new hires and have them interact out on the floor with your members and your personal trainers. I love this idea, and have already incorporated it into the second interviews I’m conducting this week.

Other topics in this sessions included making the most of your people, giving them the right tools, be clear about their role and make sure they understand your core values. Since this was about team building, Mark suggested taking a look at your current trainers, re-interviewing them to be sure of their commitment. He also discussed how to keep your people once you have built your team. Yes, money is important, but there are other key things such as autonomy, mastery, working for the greater good, and personal and professional fulfillment.

Mark then discussed team building activities that will help your staff get to know and trust each other better. Some of his suggestions included have them writing each other bios, create and/or participate in a charity event, even have them debate the pros and cons of a fitness or health topic that they feel strongly about. A friendly competition among trainers can help build a team, and your sales at the same time.

Position Your Club For Success

The main reason I attended this session (instead of another personal training/team one) was because it was led by Roberta Kruse-Fordham. She works for my company, WTS International, as a Corporate Fitness Specialist and as General Manager of Ashburn Village Sports Pavillion in Virginia. We met on Wednesday evening at our team dinner, and I really enjoyed speaking with her. She is also a vegetarian, which makes her a winner in my book. She told me that her topic was really a guide to operating a club and was designed for new owners, managers, or anyone who wants to improve the success of their club.

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 A little off topic, but Roberta started her session by talking to the audience. After telling us that this year’s IHRSA Convention had 10,471 attendees from 80 countries, she did a quick quiz. In a relatively small crowd, there were health club owners and managers from Qatar, India, Canada, Germany, Australia, China, Turkey, Dubai, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Finland (and she asked only about that many people!).

She then went on to say that in order to be successful, you must first know who you are. Is your club a small boutique facility or  a large facility with an assortment of products and services? What is your target age group? Will your audience be mostly women? What are the demographics of your area? Knowing these things will help create a vision of where you want to go. She quoted Steve Jobs, “don’t tell your customers what you do, tell them what you do for them. ” For example, don’t tell them that your club has 20,000 square feet of state of the art equipment, sauna, massage, free towels, etc. Instead, say, “we can improve the quality of your life, make you feel better, and live longer.” She also referred to the quote below, also from Jobs (click it for a larger view).

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Roberta then discussed building an organizational structure for your business. Create organizational charts and job descriptions, so that everyone has a clear idea of their responsibilities. Create a culture for your business with good leaders, your vision, and a team that knows exactly what is expected. Define your core values.

Leadership is key. Good leaders bring out the best in their team. When they know your expectations, you can empower them, and then hold them accountable. A good leader should have a positive attitude, build teamwork, and not ask their team to do anything that they wouldn’t do themselves.

I enjoyed Roberta’s session and really feel like I learned something that will help me manage my fitness facility.

Tomorrow I am going to discuss the two most meaningful sessions that I attended at IHRSA. The first, conducted by longtime fitness educator and researcher Wayne Westcott, PHD, discussed the importance of resistance training for baby boomers and beyond. It was loaded with research about the amazing benefits that even a basic strength training program can provide. Don’t let the title fool you, in this era of obesity in the majority of Americans, when even children are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, there is information that applies to all ages.

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I will also discuss a session presented by a panel of experts from ACE, the American Council on Exercise. The topic was the Future of Fitness. They discussed Ace’s Vision 2035, their plan to eliminate obesity by 2035. It is a fascinating topic, one to which I hope that you will add your opinions. Stay tuned!

Vegan in Vegas: IHRSA 2013 Dining Options

I originally planned today’s post to discuss the sessions that I attended at the IHRSA Convention. I attended some great classes, which discussed a variety of topics from building your personal training team, to the future of fitness, to a guide to club management, to the importance of strength training for baby boomers, to integrating physical therapy into the health club setting.

Then I realized that I left my notes at work. So instead, I get to write a post about vegan food, which is one of my favorite topics. I don’t get to Las Vegas very often (though somehow I’ve been there three times in the last nine months), but I’ve been there enough to know that as recently as two years ago, there weren’t a lot of plant based options available in Sin City. Then, about the time that Steve Wynn went vegan and decided that all of the restaurants in his hotels would have vegan options, things began to change.

These days it is not uncommon to find at least one vegan option on a Las Vegas hotel menu. Some restaurants offer a whole separate menu of plant based options.

My first meal was at the Welcome Reception for IHRSA 2013 at Mandalay Bay. I was very pleased to see that there were a variety of vegetarian options available, clearly marked (though one had to ask the right questions to insure that the food was vegan). I first tried a pasta dish, but after looking at the sauce thought that it looked  a little too creamy. Instead, I chose from a variety of Asian dishes, which were quite tasty. The room was dark and my pictures didn’t come out very good, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

On my way back to my hotel, I stopped at Whole Foods to stock up on a few essentials. I hate to eat breakfast out each morning, so I picked up some soy yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit, plus some coconut creamer for my coffee. I also grabbed the last piece of vegan pizza from the hot food section. And some snacks, most of which I ended up taking home with me because I wasn’t in my room enough to eat them.

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That stash got my Wednesday morning off to a great start. Which was a good thing, because between my sessions and walking the floor at the trade show, I didn’t get a chance to eat lunch until pretty late. Fortunately, thanks to a tweet from a fellow vegan at the convention, I knew exactly where I was going.

The Slice of Vegas was in the Mandalay Bay and when I arrived I found they had a full vegan menu! Not only did they serve a variety of pizza and pasta, there were sandwiches, paninis, salads, and appetizers from which to choose. I settled on the Back East Buffalo pizza. It was delicious, with a very thin crust, vegan “chicken,” spicy Buffalo sauce, plus vegan cheese and ranch dressing. There was a little mix up and they tried to serve me a barbecue pizza, but when my pizza arrived it was worth the wait. The beer was good too.

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I ate about half (I was pretty hungry) then ended up saving the rest and eating it on my drive home on Friday. Even vegan Buffalo pizza is good cold.

Only a few hours later, I was meeting a group of folks that I work with for dinner. My company, WTS International, hosted a dinner for the staff that were attending the convention at the Yard House. Now the Yard House has a vegetarian menu, but the preparation methods can vary wildly throughout the chain. A couple years ago, when eating at the other Yard House in Vegas, near Red Rock, I was told that the vegetarian food was prepared on the same grill as the meat. Um, sorry, that is not vegetarian, let alone vegan. At this particular Yard House, though, at Town Square, I was assured that the vegetarian food was prepared separately. In fact, our server was very helpful, and made sure that she checked the list of vegan dressings for me. I ordered the Orange Chicken, which was pretty tasty.

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On Thursday I was determined not to skip lunch (or have it within two hours of dinner), so I pulled myself away from the trade show in time to head to Border Grill at the Mandalay Bay.  While they did not have a vegetarian or vegan menu, after reading the ingredients in the Avocado Tacos (and talking to the server), I was pretty sure that they were a good choice. I know that they tasted pretty good. I did put aside the creamy looking sauce that came with the dish and used salsa instead.

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Later that evening, I went to dinner with a co-worker who manages a fitness center in Palm Desert. She and I had traveled together last summer for a meeting in Las Vegas. While we were there we had dinner one night at the Bar+Bistro at the Art Factory. We’d been told that it had a vegan menu, eclectic atmosphere, and great Latin Fusion food. It totally lived up to the reviews, and we were anxious to go again during this trip.

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We sat at the bar again. It was early, so it was pretty quiet and as we waited for our food we watched the funny, 50s era videos that they play (instead of SportsCenter). My friend, who is not vegan, had enjoyed her food so much last time that she again ordered the Vega Margherita Pizza. I ordered the Roasted Vega Club, which was definitely not just an imitation club sandwich. It is made with lettuce, tomato, avocado, vegan cheddar cheese, balsamic glaze roasted pequillo pepper hummus, and served with sweet potato fries. It was excellent. We again started our meal by sharing the Vega Tempura Alcachofa, crispy long-stemmed artichoke hearts.

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One of the things that I truly enjoy about the Bar+Bistro is that their vegan menu is not just imitation meat. Chef Beni Velaszuez uses an imaginative  variety of vegetables, spices, fruits, and sauces to create original, Latin-infused dishes. He jokes that you can’t find any food like it because he makes everything up.

As you can see, I was very well fed while I was in Vegas. The only thing I missed (again) was a visit to Ronald’s Donuts, a vegan must-do, because yes, they have vegan doughnuts. Someday, I guess.

Do you have a favorite restaurant (vegan or not) in Las Vegas?

Weekly Training Recap: Week 9. Including Las Vegas Workouts and a 5k!

Well, from Las Vegas to a 5k race, my training has been, well, interesting this week. I always know that traveling can be challenging to workout plans, but, as I was heading to a fitness conference I thought that gave me an edge. While the IHRSA Convention does offers a multitude of workout options, several of which I had hoped to attend, instead I opted for a few shorter, at-the-hotel sessions. I finished the week with a 5k. As I wrote over a month ago, I was excited to run this race in week nine of my program because it was on a similar course to the 5k at the Palm Springs Half Marathon, which I ran in week three. Here is my week nine training recap.

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Strength Training

I only did one strength training session, a Fast and Furious class on Monday before I left for Las Vegas. It was challenging though, and I’m okay with missing my other classes during the week. I’m back to work on Monday, so I’ll be back on track with my classes. Still haven’t made it to the gym for any “real” training, though.

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Yoga

While I didn’t make it to a “regular” yoga class, I did two short workouts in my hotel room in Las Vegas. I had a huge room, at the Tuscany Suites (an awesome deal, by the way), with plenty of room to lay down my yoga mat. I used a couple YogaDownload.com audios, so I could choose the length, level, style, etc. By the way, I chose short, intermediate, vinyassa.

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My other yoga-style workout was at the trade show. While I was wandering with a couple friends, who manage fitness facilities near me, we got to the Anti-Gravity Yoga booth just as the class was starting. I’ve wanted to try aerial yoga for a while, missed the classes at last year’s convention, so I was on it.

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Sorry for so many pictures, but I loved this so much. It was challenging, especially because I felt kind of awkward and tended to get caught up in my hammock. The core work was amazing, imagine doing a crunch as you hang upside down. The handstand, something I am nowhere near to doing in regular yoga, left me feeling elongated, like I’d grown an inch. I haven’t had a chance to check to see if Anti-Gravity Yoga is available in my desert area, but I truly hope so. I’m hooked!

Running

While my mileage was down for the week, I was happy that I did at least get in one run in Las Vegas. As you know, I’ve written about running on the strip, and I love the experience. But I found that it was just a little too dark in the morning for me to feel comfortable running outside. So, on my one run in Vegas, I took to the treadmill. The Tuscany Suites had a nicely set up gym, which is always a nice find at any hotel. I managed four miles on the treadmill (a miracle for me), and added four 1/4 mile intervals at an 8:00 minute pace. Not much, but better than nothing.

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I was so happy to be home for my Saturday run, and back outside where I belong. Alan and I took Penny and Buddy out on the trails for our run. It was so good to be out there with my favorite running partners. We ran about 5.3 miles, then dropped off those two dogs. While Alan took Sydney and Goldie for a walk, I took our other two little dogs, Lily and Olivia, for another mile and a half run. Everybody was happy and well-exercised!

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So finally, on Sunday, I had the Women Running Wild 5k. Alan was announcing, as he has done for about 10 years. I was excited to see what changes my training had brought. It is so funny. I know that the training makes a difference, obviously, but I didn’t feel like I was faster. I guess it is partly because as you adapt, increase your V02 Max and your lactate threshold, you keep pushing yourself, so the workouts are always hard. I was afraid that after all my talk, my time would be the same or even slower that my last race.

I needn’t have worried, as it turned out. I felt great through the race, though I worried a little at the start of mile three that I wouldn’t be able to sustain my pace. I finished the race in 25:07 (my official time), which is an average of 8:04 per mile. Compare that to my time six weeks ago of 26:55, and you can see why I’m feeling pretty good tonight. Any time you take off almost two minutes feels pretty good. I may not have any PRs in my future (don’t think I’ll get back under 20 minutes), but I am happy to have a new PR as a 55 year old.

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Women Running Wild raises money through the Jody Klein Memorial Breast Cancer fund for the City of Hope. I have been involved with the event for years, either as a participant, volunteer, or, for five years, as the volunteer coordinator. It is a wonderful event, run my my friend Greg Klein (Jody’s sister). The women’s race is separate from the men, which is fun, and has many divisions, including walkers, baby joggers, big and small dogs, and pregnant women. I was excited to finish second in my division (and 40th overall, not too shabby!).

It is also quite an emotional event. Greg lost his sister to breast cancer about seven years ago, his mother is a 10 year survivor, and this year was the first without his step-dad, Cy, an amazing man who raised thousands of dollars for the event and died last year at the age of 100. There is always a balloon release before the awards ceremony, where people write the names of loved ones they have lost on the balloons before the release. This year they had a special gold balloon in honor of Cy. My sister Susan died of another type of cancer, but I always send up a balloon in her honor.

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Also present (and participating in the race), were Jeff and Amy. Remember them from the post I wrote in December. Jeff was diagnosed with brain cancer last November, given basically no hope of surviving the surgery that removed the tumor, and yet here they were.

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Alan was there of course. There is nothing like hearing him announcing my name as I finish. He always says, “Here comes my favorite person in the whole world!” Here he is with another fried of ours, after the race.

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All in all, a successful week and a great event.

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If you are interested, here are the details of my weekly training:

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So, how was your training week? Did you participate in any events? Go anywhere fun (though it’s hard to beat Vegas, isn’t it?)?

Off To IHRSA!

I am so excited that I am headed to the IHRSA Convention this week. IHRSA stands for the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association. It is the trade association representing health and fitness club industry. I’ve been to the convention several times (twice since I started blogging–read about 2010 here and here (this one tells the amazing story of Kristina Ripatti, the LAPD police officer shot in the line of duty, left a T2 paraplegic..so compelling and inspiring.), and 2012 here, here, here, and here (yes there was that much to write about). This year, the convention is at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

IHRSA always has some excellent speakers. This year, they include Chip Conley, author and founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels; Bert Jacobs, co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of Life is good!; and Peter Sheahan, author and Founder and CEO of Change Labs Australia. There are also some great sessions, which focus on all aspects of the fitness business. Some of the sessions that I have marked to attend are “Create a Successful Personal Training Team,” “Personal Training Management: Building a Foundation for Success,” “A New Medical Model: Integrating the Health Club Professional with the Health Care Team,” “Physical Therapy in the Health Club Setting,” “Manage by Example: Creating a Culture of Service Excellence,” and several others. I still working on my agenda. I’ll miss most of Tuesday’s sessions because I can’t leave the desert until Tuesday mid-morning, but I will make to Vegas in time for the Opening Welcome Reception.

One of the most interesting parts of the IHRSA Convention is the Trade Show. Here is my post about it from 2012.  This is what I wrote about it last year, and it is still appropriate:

Just imagine a whole convention center floor filled with all the latest equipment, technology, accessories, clothing, then add hundreds of fit and fabulous exhibitors, demonstrating, exercising, motivating, talking and teaching. To that mix add thousands of spectator/participants testing out the equipment, taking the exercise classes, measuring, planning, dreaming about how it would all fit in their perfect fitness center. Lot’s of color, music, noise, it’s all there, and it all adds up to quite an experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The photos are all from IHRSA 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

There are a few other things going on during IHRSA week. The company that I work for, WTS International will be hosting a dinner for the staff that are coming to the convention. WTS is a leisure management company that offers services that include conceptual and strategic planning, needs assessment, design consultation, operational consulting, and spa, fitness, and activity management. We operate worldwide, so it will be fun to get together with old friends and meet new ones.

There is another meet-up planned. As you may know, I am a FitFluential Ambassador. Since many of us are in the fitness business, there will be several other Ambassadors attending IHRSA, plus the CEO of FitFluential, Kelly Olexa will be there too. Unfortunately, the get together is scheduled for the same time as my WTS dinner. I hope to scoot in either before or after because I really look forward to meeting Kelly and other blogging friends.

Since I will be in week nine of my La Jolla Half Marathon training program, I will have a couple runs scheduled during the week. A run in Las Vegas, especially on the strip, can be very, um, interesting. Check out my video from my last visit to Vegas:

I’m also bringing my yoga mat (my iphone is loaded with lots of YogaDownload.com classes), plus there are some great workouts offered at the convention.

So a busy week ahead. My blogging may be spotty, but I will have my computer and will be reporting in. Plus, you can check out #IHRSA2013 on Twitter to get updates on all the goings-on. And of course, I will follow up with reports on everything. And pictures. Lots of pictures.

What does your upcoming week look like? Fitness people..anyone going to the IHRSA Convention?

 

Disclosure: I received a full registration to the IHRSA convention as a member of the media. Plus I am an affiliate for Yoga Download and earn a few cents if you purchase using the link.