2012 Can Fit Pro Impressions
This year, I missed the early registration to the Toronto Can Fit Pro Conference even, though they extended it a couple of times. At the same time, I was asked by the C.H.E.K Institute if I could help out at their booth. I cleared my schedule around the time slots when they needed volunteers and happily made myself available.
I remembered when I first heard about Paul Chek and the C.H.E.K Institute and how I wanted to find out more information about them but at the time (we’re going back to 2002) they had no booth at the Can Fit Pro Conference. I had a million questions about all the programs offered but no one to ask and now I got to be in the position to answer people’s questions who happened to just hear one of Paul’s lectures or participated in one of his workshops.
When I first entered the convention, I was blown away by the number of exhibitors. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger. This year, I missed the Fitness Source booth for the first time. After a bit of research, it seems they’re closing their doors, some say due to a merger with Sport Chek. I have bought fitness equipment from them from the mid 90s on! I loved driving up to their Langstaff location on a Saturday and just browse through everything they had. Sad to see them go. I was happy to see National Fitness having a booth this year, showing off their Atlantis line along with other pieces. A solid line of equipment still manufactured in Canada! I bought my prized functional trainer and Poliquin Rack from them when I opened up my studio. Both pieces have been invaluable in helping me correctly rehab a countless number of people. Rehab exercises maybe far from “fun” yet they’re immensely valuable in balancing out someone and getting them out of pain.
Tommy Europe was at the trade show signing autographs as well as Trish Stratus. Tommy was in the Sketchers booth just behind the CHEK booth. I regularly saw long lines of young and old waiting to get his autograph.
Tosca Reno was also there although this time without her husband Robert Kennedy who passed away earlier this year on April 12th of cancer. He was 73. I missed him this year. My whole health and fitness path was very much due to his MuscleMag International publication that I “accidentally” got instead of Muscle & Fitness. That’s where I got introduced to the Iron Guru, Vince Gironda.
I was glad to be able to answer questions and help people who came to the CHEK booth. Some came who heard Paul speak for the first time and were blown away. I remembered being in that exact position when I first walked into one of his lectures “by chance”.
When the delegates were in sessions, the convention was a little slower so Paul Jackson, Dax Wilcox, Penny Crozier, Michael Reuter and I could have some great chats about what’s been going on with us in the last little while. Penny’s been a busy with the Institute, working 7 days a week! Paul found an extremely dedicated lady to marry. He’s a lucky guy! Friday, Tricia Snider from Embodied Energy Studio came by and filled in at the booth answering questions while Paul Jackson and Michael Reuter attended Paul and Dan Hellman’s lectures. Thanks Tricia!
I’m glad I made it to the convention and saw old friends while making new ones. Looking forward to next year’s conference again, hopefully I’ll remember to register on time!
If you attended can fit pro this year, I’d love to hear your impressions of it, especially of the latest equipment and even gimmicks. Please share below.