Fitness education for fitness professionals

The fifth annual Fitness Fraser Valley conference takes place in Hope this weekend

The fifth annual Fitness Fraser Valley conference in being held in Hope this weekend at the rec centre.

The fifth annual Fitness Fraser Valley conference is coming to Hope this weekend.

This is the first time the two-day event is being held here, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest conference yet with the largest presenter lineup and variety of topics. There will be 13 presenters leading workshops on nutrition, yoga, and rehabilitation, as well as an indoor bootcamp, indoor cycling, and inspirational/motivational lectures.

“It’s definitely designed to help bring new education and science to fitness instructors teaching in the Fraser Valley area so that they’re not having to struggle to get to downtown Vancouver,” said event organizer Jaimee Stokes, of Jaimee Stokes Fitness & Yoga. “It’s geared towards inspiring fitness leaders with new ideas or sometimes just providing inspiration. They’re not necessary learning something brand new but they’re getting inspired to stay in the industry. It’s really to preserve their enthusiasm.”

There are about 40 participants, including several local instructors, taking part in this weekend’s conference. Stokes said they’ve managed to reach a broad audience this year, despite being in a smaller community. Last year the event took place in Mission.

“It also brings money into the Hope community because they’re staying at the motels and they’re going to the restaurants,” she added. “That’s important for me too, to feed the smaller communities that keep our people active.”

The conference runs Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in the rec centre conference room.

For more information about the event, visit www.jaimeestokes.ca