IHRSA 2018 Day 1 in Photos & Videos

    IHRSA 2018 kicked off Wednesday in San Diego, CA. Here's a taste of the day's events.

    The 37th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show began bright and early in San Diego on Wednesday. Attendees gathered before the sunrise for the Fitness Business Podcast #FBPFamily Meet Up, learned the ropes at the "Making Connections Orientation," and got inspired by Lisa Bodell's Myzone-sponsored keynote presentation.

    And that was just before noon.

    Here are those highlights and more from IHRSA 2018 day 1!

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    Fitness Business Podcast #FBPFamily Meet Up

    Early risers got a jumpstart on the day by attending the Fitness Business Podcast #FBPFamily Meet Up for a walk along the coast at sunrise.

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    ‘Making Connections’ Orientation

    The convention kicked off Wednesday morning with the "Making Connections" Orientation, where about 100 first-time attendees—hailing from as far away as Australia and South Africa—learned how to make the most out of their IHRSA 2018 experience.

    A Distinguished Award for an Industry Veteran

    During his opening remarks, IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore awarded Art Curtis, Ph.D., president of Curtis Club Advisors, LLC, with the Dale S. Dibble Distinguished Service Award.

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    Starting an Innovation Revolution

    Lisa Bodell, author and founder and CEO of futurethink, explained how to create space for true innovation during her Myzone-sponsored keynote presentation, “Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution.”

    "Most of the complexity you have at work is self-imposed and unnecessary," Bodell said. "You multitask, when science shows us that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do…and we always make everything the same level of urgency."

    One of her solutions: ask your employees what "stupid rules" your company should kill. Doing so will help your business run more efficiently and give you some quick wins in the eyes of your stuff.

    (Did you miss Lisa Bodel's keynote? Order a digital video of her presentation.)

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    9th Annual IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit

    It was a packed house for this year’s IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, sponsored by Daxko. Denise Ryan, professional trainer and author, kept the crowd on their toes with activities, assessments, and networking exercises.

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    Action in the IHRSA Live Studio

    We caught up with Derek Gallup, executive vice president of Fitness & Retail at New Evolution Ventures and IHRSA board chair, at the IHRSA Live Studio. Our film crew will be interviewing fitness industry experts all week, so stay tuned for more!

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    Gearing Up for the Trade Show

    The Trade Show floor is nearly ready for attendees to check out state-of-the-art equipment, products, and services from more than 400 exhibitors. The IHRSA 2018 Trade Show hours are Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Day 1 Video Recap

    For an even better taste of today’s happenings, watch our quick video recap!

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    IHRSA Staff @IHRSA

    This article was a team effort by several IHRSA experts.