When Leanne Zdebiak-Eni returned to the Comox Valley with her family in 2002, she was looking for a place where she could turn her love of fitness into something that would inspire others.
A certified pilates and fitness instructor, Zdebiak-Eni quickly opened her first studio in the Manor in Comox. Classes quickly filled and she gained a solid clientele through the studio and her fitness classes at Comox Rec. After a few years she realized she needed a larger space.
”This coincided with my interest in being able to offer other group fitness classes like bosu workouts, core fusion, bellyfit as well as yoga,” Zdebiak-Eni said. “I am personally inspired by so many ways of connecting to my inner and outer health. I wanted to make that experience accessible to my clients as well.”
In 2007, Island Pilates and Fitness was born when she moved to the upper floor of the building she now occupies at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and 13th Street in Courtenay. Classes include all of Zdebiak-Eni’s wish list and more: yin yoga, sculpt and IPF barre are a few. The Corporate Fit Challenge and the 35 Day Challenge encourage new and returning clients to further explore their potential for transformation.
Integral to the evolution of IPF has been Zdebiak-Eni’s personal goal of supporting the community where she lives on another level. She now hosts an ongoing series of fundraisers called Bellyfit Live Community Celebrations. These popular, well-attended afternoons feature a live DJ, a bellyfit workout, prizes and guests. Proceeds benefit community groups such as Y.A.N.A., the Comox Valley Food Bank and Girls On The Move.
”I started IPF with a focus on helping people transform through health and fitness,” Zdebiak-Eni said. “Over the years the IPF staff and clients have become like a family who have helped me transform. I’m truly inspired by this community and so blessed to be celebrating a decade in the Comox Valley.”
Studio IPF: Inner Pursuit Fitness hosts its 10-year party Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2 –4 p.m. Come meet the IPF instructors. DJ em ash will provide the beats, a few special IPF members will be acknowledged and the new IPF logo designed by Adil Amani will be unveiled.
The studio is located at 303b 13th St.
For more information call 250-703-CORE.