The annual FILEX fitness convention and Fitness & Health Expo were held last weekend, 10 to 12 April, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
FILEX is owned and organised by Australian Fitness Network (Network). Network’s CEO Ryan Hogan, says, “The event was fantastic, with 120+ presenters delivering more than 250 sessions over three days. It’s no wonder the 2,000+ delegates who attended over the weekend delivered such rave reviews in response to their experience!”
Meredith Littlefair is one such “rave reviewer”. She says:
“FILEX truly is first class! The collective experiences and knowledge obtained at FILEX, all create such a positive industry vibe and you can feel this resonating among the conference delegates. It is this inspiration that we all take back to our clubs, which will ultimately flow through to our staff and our members.”
OH! Magazine was one of the many valuable sponsors at the Business Summit and within the main program. OH! Magazine‘s publisher and editor Analee Matthews reported an exceptional response to her involvement. She says:
“As a direct response to my sponsorship offering at FILEX, I conducted almost 40 meetings over four days, equating to a 17% immediate response rate. And we received more than half those leads before I even left the stage after presenting my special offer! I could not be happier with the almost immediate return on investment, and I cannot wait to be involved again next year.”
Justin Tamsett from Active Management is a perpetual FILEX presenter, supporter and sponsor, and the organiser behind the #Connections event that enables attendees to kick off their FILEX weekend in a social and relaxed environment. He had this to say:
“I’ve been speaking at FILEX every year since 2002,” he says. “And that’s because it’s good for my business. It’s good for me to be involved, it’s good for me to be present, to share with others all that I’ve learned, and to learn from what others share! I haven’t missed a FILEX and I don’t plan to. It really is the pinnacle of the Australian fitness industry calendar.”
Di Galea was one of the almost 200 volunteers required to ensure the event’s success. Says Di of her first experience as a FILEX volunteer:
“I’m a relatively new personal trainer and I thought volunteering at FILEX would help me gain an even better understanding of the fitness industry. I was right! The passion, the inspiration, the energy – it all exceeded my expectations and confirmed that I am in exactly the right place for right now. I had a great time, learned heaps, made new friends and can’t wait to be back again next year to do it all over!”
Network’s Executive Director, Nigel Champion adds:
“FILEX 2015 was an amazing culmination of fitness education, which saw the convergence of all aspects of fitness into one memorable and massive weekend. The weekend brings together three key industry events: FILEX; Les Mills Reebok ONE LIVE, which is attended by more than 2,000 instructors; and the Fitness & Health Expo, which has tens of thousands of visitors over the three days.”
In 2016, FILEX and the Fitness & Health Expo will be once again held in Melbourne, from 29 April to 1 May. To find out more enquire below.
Photos courtesy of Gareth Christian Photography.