IDEA Personal Trainer Institute - Bethesda, MD

I believe this is the seventh year that I have photographed the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute that is held every year in the Washington, DC area. 

Personal trainers, fitness professionals, owners and managers: learn what it takes to truly take their business and training skills to new heights. IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is where industry leaders show how they secure client and business success. From fitness assessment and program design to social media marketing and staff management.

This year it was held at the Marriott Conference Center in Bethesda, MD.  It was nice to photograph the event in a new facility.  

We setup a small studio in one of the hotel conference rooms every year to produce images that we hope will end up on the cover of next year's brochure and also to to be used for other marketing purposes.  Most of the time during the two days that I am photographing the event I am in live sessions capturing the action as it happens. 

IDEA Personal Trainer Event / Conference Alexandria, VA Feb 2015

This year's IDEA personal Trainer Institute was held in February at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA.  This was the fifth year that I have photographed the conference and it never gets old.  It never fails to amaze me how I go into these poorly lit, vanilla hotel conference rooms and see activities and exercises that I have never seen before.  The teachers/instructors do a great job of bringing new ideas (no pun intended) every year to help the trainers keep their programs for their clients interesting and fun.

You can see below the cover for this year's brochure.  The photograph of the young man in the blue shirt was taken by me at last year's conference. 

One of my favorite photographs that I took was of a tall muscular man holding a "Surge."  In the original photograph was a plain hotel conference room background, and lifted him out of that photograph and put him in a park in New York City.  

Photographed by Washington, DC and VA Event / Conference Photographer - Len Spoden

 

IDEA Trainer Institute - Alexandria, VA | VA Photographer

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is a diverse and cutting-edge educational program / conference exclusively for personal trainers. They held it this year at the Hilton in Alexandria, VA.  This is the third IDEA conference that I have photographed, and there is never a dull moment. 

There are a number of classroom setting sessions, but the majority of the sessions are very interactive and are lead by some of the top training instructors in the world such as Todd Durkin who trains professional athletes like Aaron Rogers (QB of the Green Bay Packers) and Drew Brees (QB of the New Orleans Saints).  We also setup a little studio onsite and bring in some of the attendees to demonstrate various exercises and routines.

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

photograph portrait of Todd Durkin

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

VA Event and Meeting Photographer in Washington, DC

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute - Alexandria, VA Hilton | VA Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute at the Alexandria, VA Hilton this past weekend.  The event brings a limited number of personal trainers together with world-class presenters and industry experts for an intense, hands-on, interactive experience. Every session is designed to go beyond the usual workshop with an extended time length (most sessions are 2–3 hours), in-depth information, and small class size focusing on the best and latest ideas and techniques that will create more success for the trainers' training programs.

Topics included: specific training techniques to improve agility, speed and explosiveness; standardized performance assessment systems; the science behind proper recovery; improving biomechanics in golfers; nutrition for energy; and enhanced performance and tips for training triathletes.

I try to work out at the gym three times a week.  I use the good old fashioned weights, machines, and ellipticals. It was interesting to see that almost all the programs do NOT involve weights or machines, they call it Body Leverage Training. This hot training area focuses on planar training, the science of suspension training, and new tools and techniques for using body weight as resistance.

I tried to pick up a few tips while photographing the various sessions.  The one thing that seemed to underline the entire event / conference was the inspiration and motivation that the trainers get while attending this power packed conference.  The had some well know trainers' as instructors: Todd Durkin, Sherri McMillan, Fraser Quelch, Gary Gray, and Fabio Comana.

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