born and raised in Germany, studied Human Movement Sciences at the “Gymnastics Seminar Loheland” near Fulda and began her dance training in 1986 at Czurda Dance Theater in Nuremberg. In summer 1988, she moved to New York, where she lived and worked for over 23 years. She first discovered Pilates in the spring of 1989 and from that day there was no looking back for her. She initially studied Pilates with Cary Regan and Phoebe Higgins, who had both studied with Romana. In 1995 she received her first certificate from Elyse McNergney and IM = X, a fitness method based on Pilates and including elements of Alexander Technique.
In 2000 she obtained her Master Teacher Certificate in IM = X and continuously educated herself in the following years. She taught Pilates in various fitness centers, such as Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, but also in the Hospital for Joint Diseases, where she worked with women with disabilities. She trained with Gail Accardi, Teri Steele and Kelly Kane and in 2011, she earned additional certificates (Kinected, Kelly Kane and PMA Pilates Method Alliance) in preparation for her return to Germany. Besides her work as a Pilates teacher, Isabel is a dancer and choreographer. In New York, she directed Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends for 13 years, and here in Berlin she founded the Compagnie Isabel & Jon with her husband, Jon Zimmerman in the summer of 2012 and the Crossover Projekt, a dance project to support young dance talent, in the fall of 2013.
Isabel is a member of the German Pilates Association (Deutscher Pilates Verband) and she holds the internationally recognized PMA (Pilates Method Alliance, since 2011) and Body Arts and Science International (BASI®, since 2017) certificates. Isabel joined the faculty of the BASI® Pilates Certification Program in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries in 2020.