AEA E-News November 2012
AEA E-News is the news you need to know
• Weekend Events: Five super events left to attend in 2012
• Desert Hot Springs: Flashback to an amazing event
• IAFC 2013: Explore an all new IAFC experience
• Winners: Who won the drawings from weekend evaluations?
• AKWA Magazine: What’s coming in the next issue?
• Happy Thanksgiving: Making the case for gratitude
All this and more in this edition of AEA E-News!
AEA WEEKEND EVENTS
Where are the remaining FIVE 2012 events?
Looking for some inspiration to start your 2013 classes off with fresh new ideas and cool new moves? There are FIVE remaining events in 2012 for you to attend. Each event is jam-packed with a variety of creative aquatic fitness programming that will keep your students motivated this winter.
Hubbard, OH – 11/10 & 11/11: This event features FOUR AEA workshops – yes that is 12 AEA CECs – with a line up of diverse programming that includes aquatic kickboxing, deep water formats, resistance programming, upper body, core and more. AEA Trainer, Lori Sherlock – the triathlon girl - will be putting you through the moves. If you live in Eastern OH or Western PA, this event is ideal for you.
Cranford, NJ – 11/16 & 11/17: Wow, get ready for another event featuring FOUR AEA workshops and 12 AEA CECs. This New Jersey event features programming that includes aquatic boot camp, kickboxing, cardio programming and deep water formats. One of AEA’s newest trainers, Jackie Lebeau Anderson, will be leading the action and delivering top-notch education.
Minneapolis, MN – 12/1 & 12/2: Get ready Minnesota! We have FOUR AEA workshops and 12 AEA CECS heading your way! There is also a fun master class on the schedule. AEA Trainer, Monique Acton and new AEA Trainer, Lindsay Mondick – Minneapolis/St. Paul hometown girl - will be co-teaching the perfect line-up of programming that includes cardio programming, interval training, successful senior strategies and core and stretching techniques.
Roscoe, IL – 12/1 & 12/2: Heads up Illinois and Wisconsin! – we are coming your way, too. AEA Trainer, Terri Mitchell and Exercise Elements presenter, Laurie Denomme, team up to teach the AquaStretch ™ Foundations course. Other aquatic fitness programs being offered include boot camp and resistance training. If you are looking to expand your aquatic horizons, this event is for you.
Timonium, MD – 12/1 & 12/2: I am very excited to be coming back to the Maryland Athletic Club. I think this is my fifth time working with Pam Bennett and her MAC staff. This event includes both the AEA certification course as well as a full day of action-packed workshops, led by myself - AEA Trainer, Mark Grevelding, assisted by our new DC area Trainers, Erica Wilson & Linda Grymes. These are my own workshops and they include ideas and programming for boot camp/circuit, shallow choreography and a simultaneous deep and shallow class format. Come on Baltimore and D.C. – you just KNOW this is going to be fun!
Where is the first event of 2013?
Bookmark the Calendar page and check frequently for 2013 events across the US We are excited to introduce the first event for the new year – Kansas City, KS scheduled for January 19-20 offering the AEA Certification course and a full day of AEA Education focusing on cardio programming and resistance formats. AEA Trainer, Stephanie Thielen, will wrap up the event with her dynamic workout, Triple Play the Aqua Way, as a KPH Master Class.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS
How did it go?
The AEA California Regional Conference in Desert Hot Springs is now just a memory – a very pleasant and sunny memory. Wow! What a location! The Miracle Springs Resort played host to the conference and I think all the attendees would agree that they did a fantastic job. Attendees enjoyed special $79/$89 room rates in a resort setting that was surrounded by scenic mountains and nestled in palm trees. The onsite restaurant, Capri, had exceptional and reasonably priced food and they also catered our lunches and a continental breakfast.
The pools were warm and beautiful and the conference rooms were just right. Attendees got a chance to experience some IAFC international flair with sessions taught by dynamo Italian presenter, Silvia Senati, as well as some of IAFC’s top rated American presenters. SCW’s Manuel Velasquez heated up the pools with the latest WATERinMOTION ® releases and two California presenters, Katina Brock and Mel Sparks, made their AEA debut.
Based on the response of the attendees and the overall success of the event, it is clear that this will become an ongoing regional location. In a perfect world, it would be ideal to do alternate years with a location in Northern California. Anyone know of a location in Northern CA? It would need to be either a hotel with large and usable pool(s) and meeting and movement rooms or a facility that is next to a hotel. If you have any ideas, please feel free to contact Angie Proctor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any sites you feel would work!
So how is the new venue going to be different?
The 2013 International Aquatic Fitness Conference (IAFC), being held at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida, promises to be a unique conference experience, wholly different from the previous six IAFC’s at the Wyndham Resort in Orlando. If you are new to AEA and/or unfamiliar with this conference, IAFC in a nutshell is 700-800 attendees from around. Enjoy over 150 aquatic fitness sessions taught in outdoor pools and led by over 75 presenters from around the world.
So how is the IAFC 2013 experience going to be different? Below are FIVE compelling reasons.
REASON NUMBER ONE: Location, location, location. We’ll be pulling out of the hubbub of Orlando and setting up camp in a secluded resort in the Tampa Bay area. The Innisbrook Golf Resort is simply beautiful – features four gorgeously landscaped golf courses, several pools, a nature walk and much more. Prepare to truly unwind in a sun bathed Florida retreat – while winding up for a week of aquatic fitness excitement and education.
REASON NUMBER TWO: Several pools equals flexible programming opportunities. One popular scheduling feature that will be available in 2013 is REPEAT programming. If you are an IAFC veteran, you have probably experienced the frustration in the past of choosing between two popular sessions. The IAFC 2013 session grid will offer a REPEAT option for a select few of the most likely to sell-out sessions. The 2013 sessions will also be smaller in size, thus ensuring a more intimate educational experience.
REASON NUMBER THREE: Expanded educational opportunities. The conference center at Innisbrook is really big and really beautiful. That means we have lots of big rooms that can be filled. At IAFC 2013, we are striving to bring more land oriented programming into our aquatic fitness conference. We hope to provide programming opportunities that will allow aquatic fitness professionals to expand their horizons and explore land programming that would be suitable for the populations we teach. Stay tuned for more details on this.
REASON NUMBER FOUR: We are family! The retreat-like setting of Innisbrook will lend itself to a whole new level of professional networking. AEA Executive Director, Angie Proctor, is already hard at work planning the social agenda for 2013. This location features one large gathering center where we will converge daily for meals, social functions and entertainment. IAFC 2013 is an ideal year to bring along students and expose them to an aquatic fitness retreat. Coming alone? No worries, we will help you connect with others for meal and social functions. Anyone want to apply for IAFC Social Concierge? Stephanie?
REASON NUMBER FIVE: Let’s talk about the rooms. Okay, so if you have been an IAFC attendee in the past six years and stayed at the Wyndham, you probably have had your own “room hell” experience or know of someone who did. At Innisbrook, you are in for a big surprise! And, since it is a surprise we will talk more about the rooms later, but just stay tuned and be ready to book when the IAFC block of rooms becomes available in January.
So…are you ready for a change and new L’attitude?
SAVE THE DATE
IAFC 2013 May 14-18
Innisbrook Golf Resort, Palm Harbor, Florida
WEEKEND EVENT DRAWINGS
Did you attend an AEA event this year? If so, you may have won a prize IF you filled out your online evaluation. Yes, we value your opinion so much that we reward you for providing your feedback. Completed event evaluations allow AEA to assess the outcome of an event and the feedback allows us to improve our programming and procedures as needed.
So please, continue completing your post-event evaluations and we will continue to reward you! Check out the winners below!
Grand Prize Winners – Grand prize drawings are selected from all weekend events per quarter, as well as IAFC. The people listed below have won a free registration for IAFC 2013. That is a $400 to $500 dollar value!
1st Quarter Weekend Event: Martha Lankford Weekend Event Prize Winners – The weekend event winners are drawn from each event. The people listed below have won prizes courtesy of AEA and select sponsors and affiliates. The location of the AEA weekend event they attended is listed before their name.
2nd Quarter Weekend Event: Nadyne Weissman
IAFC 2012: Jane Baker
3rd Quarter Weekend Event: Jackie Votava
4th Quarter – Could it be you?
Chula Vista, CA: Berta Mowery
Bellevue, WA: Deanna Ziegler
Lake Forest, IL: Holly Bolhouse
Greensburg, NC: Rachel Carloni
Owensboro, KY: James Chalk
Kerrville, TX: Jessica Casaday
Rolesville, NC: Cristina Sigmon
Charlottesville, VA: Heather Wolfgang
April Winners for the 4th quarter grand prize and for the weekend events from late October until end of year will be listed in the January/February E-News.
Chico, CA: Julie Lacy
Portland, OR: Cathy Hume
Urbandale, IA: Lisa Johnson
Missoula, MT: Wendy Patten
Scottsdale, AZ: Leah Gregg
Macon, GA: Diane Hutchison
Indianapolis, IN: Karen Wiles
Avon, OH: Tammy Rice
Visalia, CA: Nancy Lerma
Philadelphia, PA: Darlene McIlvee
New Orleans, LA: Deborah Turton
San Diego, CA: Sheryl Necochea
Wyckoff, NJ: Jewel Smith
Austin, TX: Maria Knisely
Albuquerque, NM: Rebecca Huhn
Ft. Wayne, IN: Hannah Picotte
Landisville, PA: Karen Mason
Fairfield, OH: Donna Paull
Springfield, MO: Shawn Hartley
Arcata, CA: Sally Carlson-Mircetich
Arlington Heights, IL: Elaine Burns
Waipahu, HI: Lauren Murata
Bonita Springs, FL: Cheri Schulert
Birmingham, AL: Deborah Huff
Bountiful, UT: Sally Lindsay
What is coming in the next issue?
December 2012/January 2013 In Fitness and In Health
Transitioning into a new year allows us to look back at our past in order to move forward into a successful future in aquatic programming. Explore various aquatic options for sharing both health and fitness benefits with your students, members and clients. Programming ideas include how to utilize backyard pools for small group exercise, the importance of learning styles to achieve purposeful exercise instruction, continuing progress through cross training, and beating stress through aquatic exercise.
New Year, New You Action Plan is an in-depth article that provides nutritional and activity goals for each month of 2013! Designed to introduce a behavior change or focus, you can use this plan as an education tool or as a group-based activity to bring your class together as they work towards a common goal. You will also be able to access a participant handout of this article on the AEA Website under AKWA Extra.
The article, AquaStretch Guidelines for Fitness Trainers, will discuss the fundamentals of this highly popular training format. Although, licensed therapists are taking a strong interest in its therapeutic application, AquaStretch™ was primarily created for fitness and wellness, to be provided by certified fitness trainers, athletic trainers, yoga instructors and others who provide fitness training.
Rounding out the issue are articles on mentoring, paying it forward, welcoming new members, practical ideas for maintaining exercise during busy times and nutritional ideas for eating healthy & being happy.
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Are you grateful?
It’s that time of year again – family gatherings, high dysfunction, over-eating and unwanted stress. Is that what Thanksgiving is all about? Maybe it is time to rewind, refocus and rethink the meaning of Thanksgiving.
What is Thanksgiving all about? As the story goes, or at least the short version we learn in grade school, the first white settlers, later called the “pilgrims,” landed near the tip of Cape Cod after crossing the Atlantic from Plymouth, England, on a small ship called the Mayflower. The first year after arriving on the new continent proved to be disastrous and only half of the pilgrims made it through the winter. A year later, in November 1621, the pilgrims had their first bountiful harvest and dictated by their faith in God and their belief in sharing, they invited their native neighbors for a festive meal that is now regarded as the first Thanksgiving.
Yes, the tradition continues today but it has been sullied by consumerism and materialism. Thanksgiving is now known as much for Black Friday as it is for sharing and gratitude. The encroachment of holiday shopping on what should be a time of thanksgiving leaves some feeling stressed and depressed. Holiday shopping requires money and there are many in these hard economic times that are struggling with serious financial situations. Rather than enjoying a holiday that is supposed to be about abundance, many are instead focused on lack.
Perhaps it is time to take a collective step back and train our thoughts on abundance. This is especially appropriate in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, as we are once again witnessing the suffering of others and being reminded of what we should be grateful for. And so we give thanks to our abilities and our health, our family and friends, the roof over our head, the car that we drive, the clothes on our back, the food in our cupboards, the lights that turn on, the bills that get paid, the heat that comes from the vents, the bed we sleep in and so much more.
As aquatic fitness professionals we give thanks to our students who show up for every class, especially our senior and special needs participants who go through extraordinary measures just to make it out of the house and to the pool. We give thanks to our own health and vitality and the leadership gifts that allow us to bring health, fitness and joy to others.
Spending time focusing on the simple things we take for granted can make our lives happier. Focusing on lack generates fear of what we feel has been denied to us. Focusing on abundance and all that we take for granted creates positive feelings of fulfillment. We make a choice every day to focus on lack or abundance. In other words, we choose to feel fearful or to feel happy.
If you need some tips to help you get refocused on gratitude and feelings of abundance, the article below is a short and sweet reminder on the true meaning of Thanksgiving and gratitude.
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at AEA!