ERIK LEDIN, PRESIDENT
LEAN BODIES CONSULTING, INC.
Erik Ledin has been helping fitness enthusiasts, athletes and physique competitors achieve their fitness goals for the better part of ten years. He has taken his passion for bodybuilding, fitness and especially nutrition to a new level with Lean Bodies Consulting by providing hundreds of clients from Canada all the way to Australia with individualized programs tailored to their goals.
“I began Lean Bodies Consulting with the goal to provide clients with individually tailored training and nutrition programs in order to help them realize their physique goals. To me it’s more about fitting people with a program that fits their lifestyle, dietary preferences and goals; more so than having an expensive personal trainer at a gym that counts off the repetitions to everyone in the same way,” says Ledin.
Erik began his career consulting for local bodybuilding competitors while at McMaster University. After completing his degrees, he worked for MuscleTech Research & Development/Iovate Health Sciences as their head nutritionist and strength and conditioning specialist. His entrepreneurial spirit kept him consulting on his own where the seeds were planted for Lean Bodies Consulting. In addition he was the official Mrs. America State Pageant trainer, training nearly 20 state pageant winners for the national Mrs. America pageant in 2006.
When asked what he finds most rewarding in his work, Ledin replies, “I really enjoy seeing people realize their fitness goals and learn how to take control of their bodies. When you know you’ve been a part of someone achieving a goal they’ve been wanting for a long time, it’s very rewarding.” He goes on to say that what makes his work so much fun for him is the application of science to real life situations, problem solving, successfully troubleshooting plateaus and paving the way to success.
Erik holds numerous degrees and certifications in his chosen field. He holds a Bachelors of Kinesiology (Hons) from McMaster University, as well as a Bachelors of Education from the University of Windsor. Erik is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), both from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and a Certified Kinesiologist from the Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA). He is a regular attendee to the national NSCA and ISSN conferences, as well as to smaller symposiums put on by those organizations.
Amy came to Lean Bodies Consulting after owning and operating Curls & Whey Training, an online little sister company to LBC.
Her passion in the fitness industry stems from struggling with weight for all of her teen and young adult life. If the diet had a name, chances are she had tried it. Latest fat burner? Tried it. Phen Phen? Tried it.
Finally adopting a sustainable way to lose weight, Amy went on to lose 90 pounds and keep it off. This is also when she was introduced to the gym, where she fell in love with it and taught boot camps for the U.S. Navy for several years.
Amy then went on to start her own online training company, Curls & Whey Training, birthed from Lean Bodies Consulting. But after years of having two separate companies, husband (Lean Bodies Consulting and wife (Curls and Whey Training) became one at Lean Bodies Consulting.
Amy has always had a passion for the kitchen. With all the diets she had tried over the years, one thing missing was good food! So while working as a client with LBC back in 2009, she started a recipe blog that soon became well received by fellow dieters as people really enjoyed the creativity, and more importantly, the way it tasted.
Her mentorship under Erik Ledin, along with her struggles with her own weight for many years, and a desire to have good food in her diet, has really helped mold her into the coach she is today.
Outside of coaching, Amy loves to spend time with her 5 children, and having lots of date nights with her husband. Amy and Erik travel a lot, and show that you can have a busy life and still be in great shape.
Beth comes to Lean Bodies Consulting after spending over a decade of her life heavily immersed in the health and fitness industry. As a former tw0-sport collegiate athlete, Beth found physique competitions as a fun and challenging way to satisfy her competitive nature. After a few local and national-level figure competitions, Beth sought out the expertise of Erik and Lean Bodies Consulting in order to take her training and her physique to the next level.
Shortly after retiring her heels, Beth was talked into CrossFit by a friend, and she has found her true athletic passion. Beth has found the best success actually comes from combining the best of many worlds: bodybuilding/isolation/accessory work, powerlifting, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning. Truly leaving no stone unturned results in being a very well-rounded athlete.
Beth has enjoyed competing at the local level and was a Regional team qualifying athlete in 2016. In her free time, Beth enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and dog, reading, and searching Instagram for funny memes.
Shortly before turning 40, nearly two years after the birth of her fifth son, Ileen started her journey out of shape and overweight, on a mission to get healthy and fit. That mission turned into a passion for health, fitness, and hormones research. Her personal struggles with Graves’s and Hashimoto’s diseases and the hormonal upheavals of menopause led to researching how hormones can interfere with not only with one’s well being but also with one’s success with fat loss and fitness. Ileen has utilized that gathered knowledge to assist countless others on how to educate and advocate for themselves and be proactive in their thyroid and hormone-related health issues.
Having been a client of Lean Bodies Consulting since 2006 (one of LBC’s longest standing clients), Ileen was mentored into the ways and methodologies of Lean Bodies Consulting regarding nutrition and fitness. Not only has she reached above and beyond her dreams in both fitness and physique goals under Erik’s coaching, she remains immersed as a contributing member of numerous online discussion groups related to health, fitness, diet, and thyroid-related matters including being a contributor and the main moderator of LBC’s Lean Bodies Fitness Forum. (replace that text with hyperlink to http://www.leanbodiesfitness.com/) Even before Ileen became an LBC coach, she has been Erik’s “go to” resource for client issues related to various female hormone issues and struggles by reviewing blood work results, suggesting resources for alternative help, etc.
Outside of coaching LBC clients, Ileen exercises her love for children as a preschool teacher. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, reading, and relaxing on the beach in Destin, Florida with her family.
Ileen’s own before-and-after is highlighted on the LBC client page here – https://www.leanbodiesconsulting.com/clients/ilene-natic/
Megan’s passion for fitness stems from her early background in athletics. Since childhood, she was always been heavily involved in competitive sports. In college, Megan played fast-pitch softball for Kansas State University. Shortly after her college softball career ended, she began to experiment with weight training and soon found it to be a new passion of hers. During this time, while working in hospitals and studying to be a nurse, Megan witnessed first hand what the potential side effects that long-term poor nutritional choices, combined with a lack of exercise, can play on the human body. Through this experience, Megan discovered her true calling was helping individuals learn how to find balance in life through nutrition and exercise. She went on to become a certified personal trainer, as well as a national-level figure athlete, and still actively competes today.
Nicola first started bodybuilding at the age of 14, entering his first competition in 1995 at the age of 15 becoming the youngest competitor in the O.A.B.B.A. history. The next year he won his class as Jr. Mr. Hamilton in 1996 and then placed 3rd in the Jr. Ontario Championships in 1998.
After a 13 year absence from the bodybuilding stage he came back to compete at age 32 at the 2011 UFE Halloween Mayhem taking the light heavy weight class, the overall championship and earning his UFE Pro card in my very first attempt. He went on to compete twice as a professional with the UFE. In November of 2014 he decided to try the IDFA stage at the London Championships. He again won his class, the overall championships and his IDFA Pro card in his first attempt. Three weeks later he placed 3rd at the IDFA Pro Universe held in Toronto.
Although he loves the competitive stage he gets an equal amount of satisfaction from helping others reach their personal fitness goals. He works hard to dispel common myths about exercise and nutrition and strive to show people that it does not have to be an overcomplicated process.
Nic has known Erik since he was about 15 years old and have always considered him one of his earliest mentors. Erik instilled in Nicola some of the most important fundamental principles regarding training and nutrition that he still carries with him to this day.
P. J. got bit by the fitness bug at age 10 when he got a Hulk Hogan dumbbell set and weightlifting belt for Christmas and never looked backed. From that point forward, he immersed himself in fitness.
P. J. holds a BS in Health & Sports Studies (emphasis in exercise science) from Miami University and is certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT). He is also the 17-year owner of Live Fit Cincinnati LLC, a boutique semi-private personal training business located in Cincinnati, OH.
In addition to his expertise as a “hands on” trainer, he is also a talented and accomplished writer and educator in the fitness industry. He has been featured by and written for numerous publications including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, LiveStrong.com, Women’s Health, Shape, & Vanity Fair. He also was a contributing author to the New York Times bestselling books The Women’s Health Big Book of Abs and The Women’s Health Big Book of 15-Min Workouts, and is the sole author of The 60-Second Sweat.
P. J. is passionate about the online coaching/distance training model for delivering superior results to the client. He looks forward to applying all the knowledge he’s acquired through 17 years “in the trenches” to Lean Bodies Consulting, helping LBC clients reach their fitness, fat loss, and performance goals in the safest, sanest, and most effective manner possible.
After years of yo-yo dieting and following diet fads to lose weight, Steph had all but given up on trying to get in shape and stay that way. Shortly after that time her husband came home with a copy of a fitness magazine that featured muscular and not skinny women. Everything changed. It was a complete shift in mindset. The fads ended, and weight training in the gym became a priority. Still unable to reach her goals, she started searching online for more answers. That is where she found the Lean Bodies Fitness forum and the Lean Bodies Consulting Facebook page, which led her to hiring Amy. After working with Amy for a year, her goals of getting in shape finally became a reality.
Unfortunately physique goals had to be shelved when she found herself struggling with thyroid problems, and could not get proper treatment. Because of the health issues that came with poor treatment, training and physique took a big hit. Finding herself weak and tired was unacceptable, so she began to research everything she could about hormones and learned a lot of valuable information in the process that she shares with her clients.
Because of her mentor Amy’s support while struggling to find the right doctor and the right information; she now coaches others having similar issues by offering the support they need to stay on top of their own health, while aiming to reach their fitness and physique goals.
Steph holds a Sports Nutrition Specialist certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She is always pursuing new information to become the best possible coach and teacher in her health-first approach to a lasting transformation.
Steph resides in Texas with her husband Nefi, and their 4 sons.