Did you know that over 2000 fitness expo events and trade shows take place every year? With so much choice, it can be hard to know which ones are worth attending. Are they worth the cost of your conference pass? Will the seminars be worth your time?
With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide to the best health, gym, and wellness events for 2020. It includes a detailed fitness expo list, all the best live workshops, plus tips on choosing the best one for your needs…
Why Attend a Fitness Expo?
Attending a fitness trade show, convention, or expo can be a great way to expand your knowledge and get new ideas for your business.
There’s an educational aspect to most events, whether it’s seminars or practical workshops. So, they’re an ideal way to learn about new fitness training techniques, scientific research, or business skills.
⇒ Want to run your own event locally? Then check out this article on awesome gym event ideas.
If you sell fitness-related products or services, then events are a fantastic way to find new customers. You can set up a booth to demo your products or sponsor seminars to educate audiences about the benefits.
Fitness conferences are also a great place to network and build relationships with potential collaborators, sponsors, or employers. It’s also just fun to hang out with like-minded people who are into the same stuff as you are!
Choosing the Best Fitness Event For Your Needs
Although the events industry has declined in other sectors, fitness conventions remain extremely popular. Perhaps it’s the physical nature of fitness that makes live events such a good match.
Whilst the theoretical principles behind fitness are important, there’s no substitute for trying something practically. Especially when it’s a workout or exercise, that requires precise form.
Choosing the best fitness expo or event will depend on your specific needs. If you’re interested in buying equipment for your facility, then a trade show is your best bet. If your goal is educational, then a seminar or conference may be more suitable.
For practical training, a workshop will enable you to learn in a hands-on way. If networking is your objective, then any event format can work as long as you take the opportunities to mingle with others.
⇒ For tips on networking, check out this article on being successful as an introvert.
Fitness Expo List 2020
There are a huge number of fitness events that take place around the world, each with their own unique style, content, and setup. So as you’re planning your 2020, you may want to include a visit to one that’ll help you drive your business forward.
To help you do just that, we’ve put together the ultimate list of 50+ events, conferences, and trade shows globally. Find a fitness expo near you by sorting the list by location (keep scrolling to find out which is our favourite).
|Jan 11-13||India - Mumbai||BodyPower||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Jan 14-16 (2021)||UAE - Dubai||Dubai Active||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Jan 26-29||Germany - Munich||ISPO||Trade show|
|Feb 18-19||Israel - Tel Aviv||Gym & Pools Israel||Trade show|
|Feb 20||UK - London||SWEAT||Conference|
|Feb 29 - Mar 3||China - Shanghai||IWF Shanghai||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Mar 1||India - Chandigarh||International Health, Sports & Fitness Festival||Expo|
|Mar 18-21||USA - San Diego||IHRSA||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Mar 13-15||France - Paris||Les Mills Convention||Convention|
|Mar 15-16||China - Chengdu||ChinaFit Convention||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Mar TBC||Finland - Tampere||Gymtec||Trade show & educational seminars - Next in 2021|
|Mar 27-29||Riga - Latvia||Fitness Riga||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Apr 1-2||China - Guangzhou||ChinaFit Convention||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Apr 2-5||Germany - Cologne||FIBO||Trade show|
|Apr 3-5||Poland - Poznan||Poznan Sport Expo||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Apr 23-26||Russia - Moscow||Global Fitness Forum||Trade show|
|Apr 25-26||China - Shanghai||ChinaFit Convention||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Apr 30 - May 3||USA - Irvine||SUCCEED!||Expo & convention|
|May 1-3||Australia - Sydney||FILEX||Trade show & educational seminars|
|May 15-17||UK - Birmingham||BodyPower||Expo|
|May TBC||Poland - Poznan||FitExpo||Trade show & educational seminars|
|May 28-31||Italy - Rimini||Rimini Wellness||Trade show|
|May - TBC||Spain - Madrid||Feria Gym Factory||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Jun 4||UK - London||UK Active Awards||Conference|
|Jun 17-18||UK - London||Elevate||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Jun 17-19||Japan - Tokyo||Sportec||Trade show|
|Jul 8-12||USA - San Diego||IDEA World Fitness Convention||Traditional convention & blogger stream|
|Jul 12-13||China - Beijing||ChinaFit Convention||Convention|
|Aug TBC||USA - Syracuse||FIT Boss||Conference & expo|
|Aug 11-16||Canada - Toronto||CAN Fit Pro||Expo|
|Aug 22-23||China - Xi'An||ChinaFit Convention||Convention|
|Aug 27-29||Brazil - Sao Paulo||IHRSA / Fitness Brazil Latin American Conference & Trade Show||Conference & trade show|
|Sep 6-7||China - Zhengzhou||ChinaFit Convention||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Sep 18-20||Poland - Warsaw||FIWE - International Fitness and Wellness Fair||Trade show|
|Sept TBC||Australia - Melbourne||Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Conference||Conference|
|Sep - TBC||Switzerland - Lausanne||Fit 'n' Move||Trade show|
|Oct 10-11||Finland - Lahti||Nordic Fitness Expo||Expo|
|Oct 14-16||USA - St Louis||Club Industry||Conference|
|Oct 10-11||China - Beijing||ChinaFit Convention||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Oct 9-10||Germany - Mannheim||Aufstiegskongress||Convention|
|Oct TBC||Thailand - Bangkok||Asia Fitness Conference & Expo||Trade show & educational seminars|
|Oct 19-22||Germany - Berlin||IHRSA European Congress||Convention|
|Nov 14-16||Japan - Osaka||Sportec West|
|Dec 4-6||Sweden - Stockholm||Fitness Festival||Trade show|
|Dec 9-10||China - Shanghai||ChinaFit / IHRSA China Management Forum||Convention|
So there you have it, our ultimate list of fitness conventions, trade shows, and industry events.
Whilst IHRSA and FIBO are probably the biggest events, our absolute favourite is Filex in Australia. The quality of its educational seminars is unmatched by any other event globally. The content is of an incredibly high standard, and we always leave with loads of practical ideas (plus a renewed motivation for fitness).
Whichever event you decide to attend, you can make it more productive by setting a few goals. This will help you stay focused when faced with hundreds of seminars and booth displays to choose from.
We find it helpful to list three things we want to achieve at an event, whether it’s learning about a particular topic, or making new acquaintances. We usually attend around 10-12 a year, so be sure to say hi if you’re attending one!
Do you know about a fitness event that’s missing from the list? Or have you got questions about running your own one? Then get in touch via our contact form to send us the details…