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More than 25 Years of Fitness, Yoga & Personal Training
My name is Deb Leblanc and I’m a 25+ Year Personal Trainer and Certified Senior Fitness Specialist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have more than two decades of experience in helping people get fit and healthy.
My fitness career beginning at the prestigious Toronto Fitness Institute, but before long the West Coast mountains beckoned and I made the move to Vancouver BC, where DEBFIT® came to be.
Workplace Wellness, Lululemon & Women’s Fitness
Vancouver kept me busy! Not only training my clients but also teaching corporate fitness and Yoga classes. As well, I spent a wonderful year as Lululemon Brand Ambassador. I had fun in this coveted position, not the least of which was creating and launching the Lululemon Run Club.
I also started up Diva Bootcamp, the first of many Weight Loss Challenges that I would lead. This popular women’s program joined my interest in healthy weight management together with a love of the great outdoors. Additionally, I was a ‘FitList‘ YouTube exercise model and ‘Body Image Answer’ spokesperson.
I spent a year as Head Trainer & Yoga Teacher at the private celebrity resort Como Shambhala, in Turks & Caicos. I also spent time traveling SE Asia including the Malaysian highlands to study Tao head & neck massage. As well as Thailand where I learned Thai massage principles. The same Assisted Stretch Therapy principles that I provide still to this day in my Personal Training and outdoor Yoga classes.
Hot Yoga Studio & Weight Loss Retreat
Further specializing in weight management, I moved to Salt Spring Island, BC where I created and launched the Salt Spring Weight Loss Retreat. To be sure this wait-listed program attracted guests from all over the world. And I wrote a short-but-sweet ebook based on tips and tricks from the retreat, “The Salt Spring Skinny On Weight Loss”. Moreover, the wonderful people I met as well as being part of their weight loss success, this holds a special place in my heart.
Yoga is my first first love, and an enchanted forest ashram in Quebec was home to my teacher training. Then in 2010, I opened Salt Spring’s premier Hot Yoga Studio. This unique space 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.
Living Fit in Halifax
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 an outdoorsy gal like me. 😎
When I’m not training or teaching, I love running and cycling. My perfect day is a sunrise run or ride followed by chai latte and Yoga with a friend, in one of our pretty parks. I will never, ever tire of Halifax sunrises. I’m an avid walker (don’t drive, by choice). And one of my favourite things is exploring cool neighbourhoods, ending up at Chocolate Beach, or a farmers market or downtown and the waterfront.
Personal Trainer Certifications
. Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) National Academy of Sports Medicine (2001)
. Medical Exercise Specialist (METI-MES) Medical Exercise Training Institute (2004)
. Senior Fitness Specialist (ISSA-SFS) International Sports Sciences Association (2021)
. Nutritionist (ISSA) International Sports Sciences Association (2022)
. 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Instructor International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Headquarters (1990)
. Core Strength Yoga Instructor (2011)
. Qualified TRX Suspension Coach (2015)
. Boxing Coach Level II (1998)
. Thai Massages Basics & Tao Head & Neck Massage (1997)
. Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner Level One (2006)