A poor kid who loved to run and grew up to create a worldwide fitness community. A contestant on "The Biggest Loser" who now changes lives of people of size. A successful club operator who spent a harrowing night flying his plane blind. These are our three Inspired Insights speakers at this year's Club Industry Show Oct. 7-9 in Chicago.
If you are looking to be inspired to be a better person, reach higher and move your business to a new level, I invited you to attend this new offering at our show, starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Jeremy Strom, founder of Playgrounz and Fitness Beyond Borders, is the latest Inspired Insights speaker to be added. Strom grew up without a father and so poor that his family did not have a car, a TV or a toaster, but he loved to run outside. That love for fitness led him to a career coaching sports and then working for health clubs and some equipment manufacturers.
During a trip to Sweden for one of the manufacturers, Strom found himself sitting with other fitness professionals from warring countries. The impact of their conversation changed Strom's life. He'll share with you what came of that meeting and how you, too, can change your life.
Fans of "The Biggest Loser" are likely familiar with Marty Wolff, a former contestant on the show, who met and eventually married fellow season three contestant Amy Hildreth. The two now own a club in Omaha, Nebraska, for people of size. In his Inspired Insights presentation, Wolff will share what goes on inside the head of an obese person and how you can reach out to this population that desperately needs the industry's help.
After the three Inspired Insights presentations are over, Wolff will be in the Club LIVE area of the exhibit hall from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a meet and greet if you'd like to get your picture taken with him.
The last Inspired Insights from Joe Cirulli, owner of Gainesville Health and Fitness Centers and winner of Club Industry's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, sounds more like an action movie. Cirulli will recount the harrowing experience he had one stormy night when he was flying his plane alone and experienced the failure of his plane's instruments and communication system. Cirulli had to fly with a flashlight in his mouth and a compass to land safely. The experience taught him some lessons that he will share with the audience.
Also as part of the morning's activities, PFP will present its Personal Trainer of the Year Award. You'll want to be there to congratulate the winner and see what moved the judges to select him or her for the award.
Programming note: The originally scheduled Inspired Insights presentation by Gabby Reece, former professional volleyball player, has been moved to Thursday afternoon in Club LIVE due to a scheduling conflict for her on Oct. 9. We apologize for any inconvenience this change might cause you.
Sign up for the Club Industry Show by 11:59 p.m. today (Sept. 16) for free exhibit hall access, which also gets you into these Inspired Insights presentations, the keynote address, the welcome reception and the Networking NIghtcap events for free. Exhibit hall access will cost $35 starting tomorrow. Conference session prices also increase after 11:59 p.m. today.