About Deb Leblanc
email@example.com | 902-580-1828 | Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
25+ Years of Fitness, Yoga & Personal Training
HELLO! AND WELCOME, I’M DEB
Living fit is more than my what I do, it’s an extension of who I am. More than two decades ago the drive to share my fitness passion led to becoming a certified Personal Trainer. And so began my fitness career at the prestigious Toronto Fitness Institute. Before long the West Coast mountains beckoned and I made the exciting move to Vancouver BC where DEBFIT® came to be.
WORKPLACE WELLNESS, LULULEMON & WOMEN’S PROGRAMS
Vancouver kept me busy! Enjoyably full days with Personal Training and teaching corporate fitness & Yoga classes. As well, I spent a wonderful year as Lululemon Brand Ambassador. I had fun in this coveted position, not least of which was the opportunity to design and launch the first Lululemon Run Club.
Along the gorgeous Vancouver seawall I created Diva Bootcamp. This popular women’s workout was a way to combine focus on women‘s weight loss fitness together with a love of the great outdoors. Further specializing in weight management, I moved to Salt Spring Island and opened Salt Spring Weight Loss Retreat & Fitness Vacations. This lovely retreat attracted some very memorable guests from all over the world.
Living the fit life doesn’t end with my business life. For example, a year gig as Head Trainer & Yoga Teacher at Parrot Cay COMO Shambhala was an interesting way to take a hiatus. Secluded and remarkably small, this Turks & Caicos island is also a private celebrity resort. It was an intriguing experience to say the least. I also spent time in the Malaysian highlands studying Tao head & neck massage. As well as Thailand learning Thai massage basics. These Thai massage principles that I practice still to this day in my assisted stretch therapy.
HOT YOGA STUDIO & WEIGHT LOSS RETREAT
Yoga is my first first love. But beyond (some of the typical) gym Yoga we know of today. It’s that of ashrams led by divine Swamis in orange robes and celestial chanting. An enchanted forest ashram in Quebec was home to my teacher training.
I opened Salt Spring’s premier Hot Yoga Studio in 2010. This studio was nestled in the historic and charming Ganges Village Church House. I loved teaching Yoga under those soaring cathedral ceilings by the majestic wood burning stove and lovely harbour views. The DEBFIT® Personal Training & Hot Yoga Studio holds a special place in my heart.
My desire to educate lead to becoming an Exercise Model in 2009. We shot around a hundred how-to videos for FitList YouTube. And in the same year I found the time to write a short-but-sweet fitness e-book, “The Salt Spring Skinny On Weight Loss”.
FRESH AIR FITNESS & SENIOR PERSONAL TRAINING
Captivated by the East Coast I now live in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s abundance of green space, serene trails and ocean vistas is perfect for this outdoorsy gal. Likewise appreciating time with my quirky Mexican rescue dog, Taco Bella and exploring this uber cool city.
From my decades of experience, and now at 56 I’m enjoying an older adult and elder exercise focus. Moreover, by specializing in senior personal training and teaching 60+ fresh air fitness & yoga classes.
If yourself or a loved one are interested in personal training or outdoor fitness programs, I’m happy to answer any of your questions!
CERTIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer (2001)
- TRX Suspension Training
Qualified TRX Trainer (2015)
- American Academy of Health And Fitness
Medical Exercise Specialist (2004)
- International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Headquarters
200 Hour Yoga Instructor (1990)
- Thai Massages Basics & Tao Head & Neck Massage (Assisted Stretch Therapy) (1997)
- Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner Level I (2006)
- Boxing Coach Level II (1998)