IHRSA 2013: We want to know what and who are new

In just over a month, the fitness industry will invade Las Vegas for the 32nd annual IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show. It's from March 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay. We want to know what and who are new to the show.
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After a successful 2012 show in Los Angeles, IHRSA will take Las Vegas for a spin in 2013.

In just over a month, the fitness industry will invade Las Vegas for the 32nd annual IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show from March 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay.

“I know there will be some amazing stuff on the trade show floor,” said IHRSA Spokesperson Meredith Poppler. “I just don't know what it will be.”

We want to know what that amazing stuff is, so we’re calling on all exhibitors to email us about products that will be brand new to IHRSA. We also want to hear from new exhibitors.

IHRSA spokesperson Meredith Poppler said that the show already has booked more space than last year — and that’s because so many companies have signed on to exhibit for the first time.

Though Poppler didn’t yet have exact numbers on how many exhibitors would be fresh to IHRSA, she said she suspects that they, and many industry veterans, will bring some interesting products.

The last time IHRSA took place in Las Vegas was 2006, and Poppler said there were several reasons for the return.

“Being under one roof and all in one general area will be so much easier for the attendees and the exhibitors,” Poppler said. “The Mandalay Bay offers so much in terms of dining and nightlife, as well as awesome convention facilities.”

But as we’ve found in the past, IHRSA is just as much about the group workouts and the seminars as it is about the new equipment. This year attendees can participate in a variety of fitness classes, and in addition to the regular seminars, this year brings a new forum called the Ignite Forum, which will happen on Friday, March 22. Multiple speakers will have five minutes to show no more than 20 slides to share something on their topic of choice. Topics will range from entrepreneurial advice to inspiring stories to business tips, Poppler said.

“We're really looking forward to this new format and brand new faces,” Poppler said.

Also new this year is the IHRSA app, which is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The app offers the latest news from IHRSA’s magazine CBI, updates its users of job openings in the fitness industry and gives them access to the IHRSA Buyer’s Guide.

Poppler said, “Exhibitors are definitely gearing up for a good show.”

--Ana Trujillo

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