Correspondent Feature: Isabelle Dominique Kroeh, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Isabelle Kroeh
26/10/2012

Name: Isabelle Dominique Kroeh

Location: Montreal (Quebec, Canada)

Class Formats You Teach: Jukari Fit To Fly, Zumba, QiDANCE, Cardio-Dance, Ballet Bootcamp, BodySculp, Fusion Stretch, and Step.

Total number of years teaching:  12

What is your earliest fitness memory? 

I've danced all my life, but my earliest fitness memory is watching Quebec fitness star Josée Lavigueur do her fitness show En forme avec Josée Lavigueur that was filmed in beautiful Barbados. I remember wishing that I was a part of the cast. Fond memories! I also remember seeing David Snively and Sharon Mann on CFCF 12 (which is now CTV.ca). 

Who is your fitness inspiration, and why?

Carole Woodstock is number one on my list. She’s a fitness presenter that I discovered 10 years ago, at one of my first fitness conventions here in Canada (canfitpro). She blew me away with her style, her personality, her charisma and her all around talent. I remember looking up to the girls she would bring up on stage with her, thinking how amazing it would be to do such a thing. My wish came true when I got the chance to be up there with her a few years later.

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?

I have a few accomplishments I am particularly proud of:

  • Getting to present for the first time at the Canadian conference canfitpro in 2007, after winning the “So You Wanna Be a Presenter” contest in 2006.
  • Making my own short videos for my fitness and wellness website www.isabelledominiquekroeh.com.
  • Learning how to partner dance with a colleague I adore and admire, Uriel Arreguin.
  • And most recently, having clips and articles on Mlle.ca, a website related to a French TV station in Quebec, and becoming the spokesperson for Gym du Plateau .

If you could go back in time to your first year of teaching and give yourself advice, what would you say?

I would say trust yourself and take the time to figure out the crowd in front of you before giving them too much choreography. It’s not about the content; it’s more about the delivery and how the participants feel while they do your class. Make it about them, not about you. And also, give them the chance to get to know you.

What’s your go-to motivational cue?

I don’t have a go-to cue except maybe remind my participants that they should do what feels right for them. I often say to the people in my classes, listen to your body but also, make sure to get out of your comfort zone, too.

What fitness goals would you like to pursue?

I would love to be a spokesperson for healthy lifestyles.

What legacy would you like to leave on this industry?

I’d like people to keep in mind that looks are really not as important as we make them out to be.  First and foremost, it’s how you feel about yourself that counts. Being healthy and feeling good inside and out is what is really important.  And YOU are the only one that can make that happen. If you believe it , you can achieve it! Owning it makes you beautiful, inside and out!

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