Cher Obediah is the winner of canfitpro’s Got Talent 2020
Why did you choose canfitpro?
I chose canfitpro because it offers a comprehensive program and supportive path for industry professionals. As an intimidated novice new to the field, I wanted to feel confident in my leadership role as a fitness instructor. The mechanics and methodology was exactly what I needed to ensure I’m offering classes that are well planned, fun, and safe.
What is your WHY?
I strongly believe this profession chose me. I made my entrance in an unconventional way, after learning Woman’s Fancy Shawl, which is a powwow dance. I grew up culturally disconnected, due to Canadian assimilation policies, and I’m not alone. I was determined to get certified to create my aerobics class series, Cultural Cardio, Shawl Shape and Fancy Fit, to help others reconnect in a non-intimidating way and to invite people of all backgrounds to celebrate unity, diversity, and inclusion. Winning canfitpro’s Got Talent has really opened the door for me on a larger scale, and for me that’s the real win!
What gets you excited to go to work each day?
Purpose is a pillar rooted deeply in our human experience that can catapult us from happiness into pure joy. Doing something that’s bigger than myself offers me an intrinsic reward that’s difficult to put into words. I know I’m doing something pretty special when it scares me, challenges me, and freaks me out. I’m not just instructing an aerobics class and promoting a healthier lifestyle, I’m filling a gap and offering hope, motivation, and inspiration.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
There is nothing but payoff in what I do. I really view exercise from a holistic perspective. It has a long list of physical benefits, but it’s also a mindfulness practice that causes me to be present and focused. It’s also an extraordinary tool for regulating emotions, which leaves me feeling mentally refreshed to tackle what ever comes my way. Exercise is a beautifully balanced way to show up for myself and fill my tank mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.