This was the seventh IDEA World Conference that I have photographed and the second in San Diego. The San Diego Convention Center is the best convention center in the country, in my opinion. The weather, the close proximity to the water, the hotels, and being a block away from downtown San Diego, make this a wonderful location for a conference. The weather has a huge impact on the conference itself. Because the temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees everyday, and it rarely rains, you can plan activities outside with a high confidence that you will not be rained out, or sweat to death.
I was able to photograph a half dozen events outside, two of which were on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier (which is just a few blocks from the Convention Center).
Over 14,000 people attended this years convention. During any time period there are dozens of events / sessions going on, and of course, there is the huge Expo Hall with hundreds of vendors and activities. Trying to decide which events to photograph can be a challenge. Outside sessions get very high priority. You can't beat the fresh air, open space, and, of course, the great light. There are a lot of great sessions on nutrition and the science of exercise and diet ... so often I am in a workshop and am totally engrossed in the presentation, but I have to leave to photograph another session ... I would love to go as a participant someday ... even for people who are not Personal Trainers, I think the conference would be extremely valuable if you are interested in nutrition, exercise, and health.
A new addition to the conference was Les Mills Live. WOW, their workouts were packed and the energy was amazing. They started on Saturday morning at 8AM on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. See the photos below, but photographing 800 people going through high energy workouts on the Midway was incredible. Les Mills Live moved to the convention center and the high energy workouts continued but now with an amazing light show to help pump up the attendees.
Chris and Heidi Powell from ABC's Extreme Weight Loss were the recipients of the prestigious IDEA Jack LaLanne Award. They were so appreciative of the award, and afterwards they led a workout session and lectures. They were very kind and genuine people, and made themselves available to the attendees for pictures and discussion. I even got a photograph with them!