IDEA Health & Fitness Association Names Maureen Hagan Fitness Instructor of the Year

IDEA Health & Fitness Association Names Maureen Hagan Fitness Instructor of the Year for her Commitment to Innovative Class Offerings

Creator of ‘Newbody,’ ‘Women on Weights’ and ‘No Sweat Workout’ Has Given Thousands of Women the Kind of Inspiration They Needed to Stay Fit and Active

San Diego – July 26, 2006 – IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the leading membership organization of health and fitness professionals worldwide with more than 20,000 members in over 80 countries, has presented Maureen Hagan, PT, with its prestigious Fitness Instructor of the Year award during the 24th annual IDEA World Fitness Convention®, held July 25th – 29th in Las Vegas. This coveted award recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership, professional commitment as well as community and industry involvement have inspired both active and under active people to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Hagan, of London, Ontario, is vice president of operations for GoodLife Fitness and VitaVie Clubs. She also teaches group fitness, inspiring 200 participants per week in her classes. In addition, Hagan travels to 20 new club openings a year, introducing hundreds of new members to group fitness programs each year.

Fifteen years ago, Hagan created the “Newbody” workout, which combines low-impact with functional weight bearing exercise and the use of light, handheld weights. Hagan also leads BodyPump®, BodyFlow, BodyAttack®, group aquatics, group cycling, core conditioning, Gravity group training, yoga-inspired stretch classes, golf conditioning and functional fitness workouts. She also created “Women on Weights,” a small-group program, and the “No Sweat Workout,” a home-based introductory workout to help new members feel more comfortable as they start their exercise program.

“Maureen Hagan is completely committed to her group class participants and comes up with new and innovative ways to encourage people to embrace regular fitness programs through intriguing and consistently effective classes,” says Kathie Davis, co-founder and executive director of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. “Her unwavering commitment to give students viable options to squeeze physical activity into each day is an inspiration to all of us.”

As the 2006 IDEA Fitness Instructor of