The 2014 SNEWS fitness trade show guide

Plan out your fitness trade show season with our handy wish list and guide.

Trade shows are one of the perks of working in any industry. Going to a trade show in our industry means you get some time away from the office try out new fitness products while torching some major calories.


The new year means it’s time to start planning what shows and conferences you want to attend. We put together a list of the events on our radar and wish list.

Trade shows, even if they target commercial facilities and personal trainers, are a great place for retailers to connect with manufacturers and to see what they’d like to carry in their stores.

Tony Estrada, co-founder of online store, said he attends IHRSA and Idea to “find new equipment for the New Year, find out what types of things people are coming out with and network with other people.”

International Consumer Electronics Show
Jan. 7-10, 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
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This past October we reported that the CES show held annually in Las Vegas was set to increase its number of fitness exhibitors. While it’s obviously too late to exhibit this year — as the show starts tomorrow — manufacturers might want to put this show on their radar for next year. We’ll bring you some updates over the next week about what CES is offering in the fitness gadget category. If you happen to be in the Vegas area, or are spontaneous enough to register for events last minute, you can register here. Attendee registration is now $200.

Midwest Fit Fest
Feb. 21-23, 2014
The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
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For fitness professionals in the Midwest, this is quite a deal. This event costs only $55 if you register before Jan. 31, 2014, and $10 more thereafter. This event has a plethora of information and seminars given by fitness trainers and group instructors from college campuses across the Midwest. It’s also a good place to connect with students in the field as it’s a good setting to make connections for light commercial business.

ECA /OBOW 2014 NYC Show
March 6-9, 2014
Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, N.Y.
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With more specialty fitness retail showrooms offering personal training as part of their business plans, this show and convention for personal trainers is a good one. The deadline to register is Feb. 20, 2014, and there is ample opportunity to earn continuing education credits from all the big organizations like the American Council on Exercise. Event registration prices range from $99 to $359.

IHRSA 2014, 33rd Annual International Convention and Trade Show
March 12-15, 2014
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.
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IHRSA is always a blast no matter what city it’s in. Though we are happy to know that this year it’s in sunny San Diego. IHRSA is a perfect mix to learn about new fitness trends while also seeing what’s innovative in fitness equipment. Attendee event registration prices range from $60 to $1,050. The higher end is for non-IHRSA members registering for all events and seminars, all four days. For less expensive prices, register before Jan. 24, 2014.

April 3-6, 2014
Exhibition Center Cologne
Koeln, Germany
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It might be a dream to travel abroad to hit this international trade show. In case you might have the spare cash and time it’s definitely one to put on your trade show bucket list. Registration prices range from $94 to $448.

Idea World Fitness Convention
Aug. 13-17, 2014
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.
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Early bird attendee registration costs $489 before April 19, 2014. Prices increase $70 after. Conference registration includes a one-year Idea membership. The conference has a ton of educational programming, networking opportunities and information on business, marketing, training and more. If you’re a personal trainer, there are several opportunities to earn CECs.

Health and Fitness Business Expo
Sept. 10-11, 2014
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
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Early bird pricing for HFB and Interbike exhibitors ends Jan. 18, so register here if you want to get a booth. Remember that the two trade shows are split up now with Interbike being upstairs in the Mandalay Bay’s main exhibit hall and HFB being downstairs in its own ballroom, so some exhibitors are getting booths in both. Attendee registration isn’t open yet, but if you’d like to get more information and email updates, click here to fill out an inquiry form.

Club Industry
Oct. 22-24, 2014
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Ill.
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Club Industry is back home in Chicago much to the delight of fitness industry professionals in the Midwest. For the second year the show, which caters to commercial facilities and personal trainers, is back at McCormick Place. Click here to send a registration inquiry.

Athletic Business Conference
Nov. 13-15, 2014
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
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Conference registration fees range from $199 to $449 for this event that caters to government, Jewish Community Center and school fitness facilities. There is a free trade-show only registration available, though, if you just want to check out the show floor for the day.