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.
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.
Nathan Hinks is a natural, bodybuilding champion and one of the original Lean Bodies Consulting clients. In fact, Nathan and Erik have a long history of working with each other; not only for contest prep, but also in the health and fitness industry.Nathan and Erik worked together at MuscleTech (Iovate). During this time, Erik was paired with Nathan to mentor him. This collaboration would stand the test of time and last years even after both of them left the company. While Erik left to focus on Lean Bodies Consulting, Nathan pursued multiple career paths in the health and fitness industry.
Over the last fourteen years, Nathan has been an executive at many of the top supplement companies in the industry. This includes Ultimate Nutrition, PharmaFreak, NxLabs, SlimQuick and, as mentioned, MuscleTech (Iovate).
A researcher at heart, Nathan spends most of his day reading research papers on all aspects on health and fitness. He has also written for bodybuilding magazines, such as MuscleMag and has been Editor-In-Chief of two publications: Muscle News and Muscle Insider. He has worked directly with many of the biggest names in the contest prep arena and has helped countless people reach their physique goals.
Nathan brings with him a wealth of knowledge on nutrition, training and supplementation. His passion for knowledge and strong work ethic has not only lead him to be successful in competitive bodybuilding, but also in the health and fitness industry and makes him a valued addition to the Lean Bodies Consulting Team.
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.
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.