“Wow. Just wow. At 14 years in the fitness industry, I wasn’t expecting to come to IHRSA and find a new role model but Dr. Kenneth Cooper is astounding.”
“Incredible and awesome!”
“Dr. Cooper is an inspiration...What a great figure to have leading the industry and promoting exercise.”
These are a few of the comments received about industry legend, Kenneth Cooper, M.D., MPH, during his IHRSA 2021 keynote presentation, Preventive Medicine: It's More Beneficial & Cost-Effective to Prevent Disease Than it is to Find a Cure, which was sponsored by MXMetrics.
Whether attendees joined IHRSA live in-person in Dallas or connected online, there is no doubt Dr. Cooper left a lasting impression on everyone who tuned in.
If you are not familiar with the “father of aerobics,” IHRSA encourages you to study the history of Dr. Cooper, Tyler Cooper, M.D., MPH, and Cooper Clinic and Cooper Aerobics in Dallas, TX.
At 90-years-old, Dr. Cooper offers more than 50 years of preventive medicine in the fitness industry. During his keynote presentation, he mentioned the naysayers in the early days who said aerobic activity would be just a fad—and he proved them wrong.
The Key to Long-term Well-being
Now, it’s common knowledge in the fitness industry that regular physical activity—and particularly aerobics—positively impacts long-term health. In fact, the positive health impact of daily exercise is even more critical since the start of the pandemic.
Data has shown that physical inactivity is directly linked to severe COVID-19. Dr. Cooper’s session took all this information further and created an atmosphere where fitness club staff were placed at the center of an intersection of long-term well-being for their members, reminding them of the crucial role that they can play in changing and improving lives.