All posts tagged Lawrence Biscontini

Ambassadrice du congrès ECA

Voici un billet qui a été publié sur le site ECA expliquant mon rôle d’ambassadrice ECA (le texte est en anglais)

In this month’s ECA blog, I’m turning the tables, opening up about myself as ECA Ambassador, fitness Writer and Blogger. ECA Isabelle et Carol Scott (ECA logo in background)

1. How did fitness become a career? I danced all my life, and started teaching fitness while I was studying to get my degree in Communications. Still today, performing (dancing and singing) is my number one passion, but I was always interested by the media. In fact, I knew at a very young age that I wanted to work in television. I could already picture myself being on screen, with my name appearing below me. Internet being a wonderful platform, I soon started to shine on the web by sharing exercise and health tips through articles and fitness clips in French and English. This eventually prepared me for my regular appearances on local and national television shows in Canada.

2. How does one become an ECA Ambassador? I became a fitness ambassador for ECA last November, after attending a decade of ECA events. As an ambassador, I promote the organization and interview incredibly talented presenters for the E News and ECA blog. So far, I’ve had the honor of connecting with Carol Scott, Lashaun Dale, Lisa Wheeler, Ben Bidlack, Petra Kolber, and most recently, Stacey Lei Krauss. What I love about getting presenters to confide in me is that it allows us all to get to know them better. I also wanted them to have a voice so they could open up about their struggles, their lessons learnt, and the people who inspire them.

3. Who or what inspires me? So many people inspire me. Lashaun Dale, Carol Scott, Geoff Bagshaw, John Shehan Lisa Wheeler, Abby Goldenberg, Calvin Wiley, Carole Woodstock, Lawrence Biscontini, and many more! These lovely human beings have helped me become a better version of myself on both a personal and a professional level. I truly thank them for that.

4. What are my upcoming projects? I will continue to pursue my work as a spokesperson for healthy living, (finally) finish my Masters in Communication and Health, and devote time to helping animals live a better life.

5. What makes me happy? Good coffee, great company, red wine, NYC, and amazing people. I’m also at my happiest when I am achieving something and moving forward.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for ECA, please contact Carol Scott. Share your love for fitness and wellbeing with the world!

Ten Years of canfitpro

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Attending canfitpro last month inspired me to write this blog. As a fitness instructor and presenter, for me canfitpro is associated with many firsts: first time attending a fitness conference, first time being on stage as a dancer for a presenter, first time winning a contest (So You Wanna be A Presenter 2006), and of course,  first time presenting. This is the reason I felt like sharing a few memories of my time spent at this amazing conference over the past 10 years, and I hope you get a chance to discover if for yourself one day.

My first conference

In 2003, Toronto went through a major black out the night before the beginning of the conference. And of course, the electricity wasn’t back when the first session kicked off. My first session of the weekend was with the lovely Carole Woodstock, someone I truly love and admire. She had no electricity, no mic, yet she did remarkably well considering she was teaching a Ballet Bootcamp with no music, little lighting, and as she says herself, she can’t sing to save her life. I love that girl!

My first time on stage

Many people have inspired me over the last decade, and I’ve had the honor to step up on stage with many of them (Joelle Ménard, Shelly McDonald, Arnaud Cior, Lawrence Biscontini, to name a few). The first person I had the honor to perform with onstage, for a dance workshop, was Carole Woodstock. I will always treasure that moment.

My first time winning a contest

In the summer of 2006, my friend Nadège St-Philippe, and I, took a chance and sent in our portfolio for the canfitpro contest So You Wanna Be A Presenter, thinking, let’s give it a try and see what happens. We both had attended a fair share of conferences, had a lot of experience teaching, and had our share of followers. We were under the impression that we would present as first-timers at canfitpro, in Montreal, where we were better known. Imagine our surprise when we were informed we would be presenting at the canfitpro Toronto, the biggest of the canfitpro conferences!


Those are the memories… In fact those are just a few of the many wonderful moments I cherish from attending canfitpro events. Thank you, canfit, for the last 10 years of good times, and inspiring moments. Cheers to the memories, and to many many more!

Tips for Instructors to Shine

Over the past 12 years of teaching, I’ve learned a lot… Here is what I’d like to share about my personal experience in the fitness industry. 

1. Be kind. You don’t have to be mean or competitive to get ahead. You just have to believe in yourself, and be passionate about what you are doing. 

2. Always stay one step ahead of the game. Weather it be by attending other instructors classes, fitness conferences, getting new ideas on YouTube, or reading and being inspired by a motivational speaker or new theory, ongoing education is crucial. You must keep on learning and keep on becoming a better version of yourself. 

3. Think business. Become an ambassador, contract with a company, ask and you shall receive. 

4. Watch and learn. Observe and get inspired by the ones who have already made it in the field. Watch and learn without replicating identically… be yourself. 

5. Stand up for yourself. Don’t let anyone make you believe you are a puppet or just a small player in the game of fitness. 

6. Be a team player, not a diva. Start and finish class on time, help colleagues out with subbing when you can, and stay humble. Also, create a nice working ambiance and truly be happy for the success of others. Team work serves everyone, and it doesn’t take anything away from you, 

7. Sub a lot. It is such good practice to work with different types of crowds, and more importantly, it’s a great “ego check”. You want to be the best you can be, but you don’t want to be full of yourself. 

8. Work for facilities whose values reflect your own. Also, work for many different companies. Exclusivity towards one company should not be imposed on you, unless the said company is willing to pay you the big bucks to justify your lack of freedom. Plus, encouraging studios and independent gyms is a great way to help new companies and make dreams happen for entrepreneurs. Opening your own facility may be something you too may want to do one day. 

9. Appreciate the journey. I struggle with this one myself. I’m so eager to succeed that I am often too goal-oriented, and forget to enjoy the process. Remember, it doesn’t always happen as fast as we would like it to, but it doesn’t matter. It’s not a sprint, it’s a long and steady race. 

10. Take care of your body. As you know, it’s your work too. And contrary to popular beliefs, we are not machines! We need to apply what we teach our students. 

11. Make it happen for yourself. Being a fitness instructor can be and, in my opinion, is a profession. Don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise. You can explain that in a nice way to anyone who asks something along these lines: so what do you do besides teaching? In other words, what’s your real job? 

12. Last, but by no means least, keep doing “freestyle." As instructors, we are stronger and more powerful (and less dispensable) when we create our own class content. 

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ECA NYC: un congrès à ne pas manquer

Depuis plusieurs années maintenant, je me rends à New York en mars pour le fabuleux congrès ECA NYC. J'y suis allée pour la première fois en 2005 et maintenant je ne peux m'en passer. La liste des conférenciers est incroyable et le nombre d'ateliers et de conférences qu'on y présente sur quatre jours est phénoménal. De sorte que de procéder à la sélection des ateliers qu'on souhaite prendre est un réel casse-tête puisqu'il y a tellement de bons ateliers qui se déroulent en même temps.  Cette année encore, j'aurai la chance d'y être non seulement comme déléguée mais aussi à titre d'assistante au conférencier Lawrence Biscontini. Inutile de vous dire que j'ai bien hâte! Départ officiel ce jeudi en pm. Les détails sur la suite de cette aventure sont à venir. I LOVE NYC ;o)

Les cd SuperStar MegaMeddley

Connaissez-vous les cd SuperStar MegaMeddley? Produite par la compagnie de musique fitness Dynamix, cette collection de cd est sympathique puisqu'on y retrouve plusieurs chansons d'un même artiste, pour un total de cinq artistes par cd. J'ai en main le SuperStarMeddley 5 ainsi que le SuperStarMeddley 4 et j'attends avec impatience la sortie du SuperStarMeddley 6.  Lorsque j'aime un groupe ou un artiste,  j'adore entendre plusieurs chansons en ligne ce dernier. 

À titre d'exemple, voici la playlist du SuperStarMeddley 5:


1. Tik Tok

2. We R Who We R

3. Blah Blah Blah

4. Your Love Is a Drug

5. Take It Off

The Pussycat Dolls

6. Buttons

7. Don't Cha

8. Beep

9. Hush Hush

10. I Hate This Part

Flo Rida

11. Turnaround (5,4,3,2,1)

12. Club Can't Handle Me

13. Sugar

14. In The Ayer

15. Right Round


16. Get This Party Started

17. Sober

18. Funhouse

19. Heartbeat Down

20. Raise Your Glass

Justin Timberlake

21. Sexy Back

22. Rock Your Body

23. My love

24. Love Stoned

25. Cry Me A River

Notez qu'il existe aussi le SuperStar MegaMeddley 3 mais le concept de celui-ci est différent puisqu'il a été conçu en collaboration avec le présentateur international Lawrence Biscontini.