By the time I began working with Erik, I was at a loss as how to get the body I wanted. Since I can remember, I’ve always been active. Swimming, running, attending a gym were activities I performed daily. And I never completely disliked my figure until recently. I remember taking a picture of my back in a bathing suit and my butt looked absolutely atrocious. I had been weight training and eating what I thought was OK but I obviously wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I deleted that picture and decided to work with Erik. After two weeks on his program, my pants fit better. After one month, others could see results. At the end of our training period I’d lost seven pounds, gained strength and competed in my first figure competition. The information that Erik imparts is absolutely invaluable and the results speak for themselves. I can’t wait to work with him again next year.
– Romina Dal Poggetto, Anaheim, CA
I have often said that no one has a perfect body but we all have our own best body. Three months ago I was still looking for mine. After years of running circles around training and nutrition I finally found the one component missing from achieving my best body … Erik Ledin. As a 38 year old mother of 4, I thought that dream was far behind me. I can honestly say that preparing for the Mrs. America competition took focus and discipline but Erik completely took the guesswork out of my training and nutrition. Upon arrival at the Mrs. America national competition I knew the work had paid off. I received compliments daily about my conditioning, especially regarding my arms and back. My legs look better than they ever have in my life. My rear has always been a problem area for me and during our group swimsuit photo shoot several other contestants commented that my butt looked flawless. Wow! I finally did it! Thank you Erik for changing me forever.
– Jody Bernhardt ‚Ä®Mrs. Michigan America 2006 ‚Ä®Mrs. America Fitness Award Winner
In just five weeks, working with Erik turned my ‘so so’ size 6 into a fabulous size 4. Not only did Erik teach me that it’s not ‘how much’ you work out, but also ‘how’ you work out that makes a difference. With a feasible work out plan and an easy to follow diet, I was amazed at how much lean muscle I developed in so little time. I didn’t even look this good before I had children! I have six pack abs, muscular arms and I even managed to tighten up problem areas under my buttocks and above my knees. Not only am I amazed at the transformation, but my family and friends are too. I am the envy of everyone at the gym. I am not just lean, but feminine and I am thrilled with my new look!
– Billie Jo Anderson ‚Ä®Mrs. Connecticut America 2006
A great coach goes beyond just basic knowledge and program design. A great coach is a positive mentor and leader who has a great passion for helping others. They never stop learning and evolving as a professional. They serve as a role model in mind, body and action.
I am a competitor at heart. I could not put my prep into the hands of someone I didn’t respect and trust. Our health and well being priorities match, health first, smart diet and training. For me it’s essential to be a positive influence and example to others wishing to change their physiques, level of fitness and overall health. I believe a coach and athlete are a team. Together their attitude and approaches to the defeat of each challenge (competition in this case) must complement one another to truly reach and conquer the set goals to my best ability.
Erik encourages me to ultimately draw my own conclusions and then advises the direction ideal to reach my goals. He is honest, sincere, as some would call “tough love”. That is important to me, as often times being it human nature (and a woman) we don’t always perceive things as they truly are. In regards to progress and competitive potential I know I can rely on Erik to guide me along a rewarding path.
I have known Erik since my passionate pursuit in health and fitness first ignited in my teens. Over the years he has been a positive influence in my life and continues to be. I competed in five figure competitions in 2006, winning my class at the Mississippi State Championships and all with the guidance of Erik each step. The next goal was National level in hopes of earning my pro card one day. I placed 4th at the 2008 IFBB North American Championships bringing my best package to stage ever. I have an ever thankful heart for all Erik has helped me achieve. Together, as a team, we continue to work towards that goal, Pro Card. If you are one who believes in your dreams, then rest assured you will find everything in great coach you desire in Erik.
– Jennifer Hamilton, Jackson, MS
…and then there was Erik!! I had the privilege of working with Erik Ledin while preparing for the Mrs. America Pageant 2006 and I can truly say, without hesitation, that as a result of his guidance, support and motivational abilities together with his diet and exercise program, I was in the absolute best shape of my life for the pageant! I am a 41 year old mother of 3 and for years I was unable to lose those “extra few pounds” and that “little layer” that covered my body after giving birth to my children … and then there was Erik! Following his program enabled me to achieve my goal of looking and feeling fabulous…and I even made it to the Semi-Finals!! I competed with 51 spectacular women, some of whom were almost half my age, and I always felt fit and confident certainly at least in part due to Erik’s contributions.
Bravo to you Erik!! Thank you for assisting me with my diet and exercise program prior to my participation in Mrs. America Pageant 2006. I appreciate all of your time and energy. You are truly an inspirational and gifted individual!
– Lidia Szczepanowski ‚Ä®Mrs. New York America 2006
When I began working with Erik I had just recovered from a broken ankle, and I’d gotten pretty out of shape. After seeing some of his previous clients’ results I I felt that hiring Erik would get me back on track as quickly as possible. After 12 weeks I was not only ‘back on track’ I was in better shape than I’d ever been! Erik’s program was very thorough, all of my meals and training sessions were planned to the last detail, making things incredibly easy to follow. Erik was an amazing coach, and was always available to answer my questions and make adjustments to my program as I progressed. I highly recommend him to anyone, if you stick to his program you’ll achieve amazing results.
– Adam Matthews, Surrey, England
My biggest fear of working with an online coach was that I was going to get lost in the shuffle in a cookie-cutter program. In fact, in my first e-mail to Erik I asked him how many people he had working for him. I was surprised that he did all this own programs with such success, and decided to try it for a month or so.
That was a year ago, and I’m still working with him. Erik has always been prompt and thorough in answering all my questions about my programs, and even about training and nutrition in general. More than anything, my time working with Erik has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life – not only have I learned about scientifically grounded principles of training and dieting, but I’ve learned through different programs what works for me as an individual and what doesn’t. Erik has been encouraging when I’ve need it and the kick in the butt when I’ve needed it, too.
I consider the money I spent working with Erik the best money I’ve ever spent. I’ve learned more about myself, both in the gym and out of the gym, through training with him than I ever have with the many other personal trainers I’ve worked with.
– Michelle Bick, Spokane, WA
First of all, let me say that I’ve been in fairly good shape for most of my life. I’ve always had some sort of fitness in my life, but for the last year or so, I’ve had competing in the back of my mind … never really knowing if I would actually do it, or if I could get lean enough to step on stage. I had tried several times to get that “look” of a figure contestant, and I came close, but never really got to the point that I felt I would be comfortable on stage. I knew that if I ever decided to take that jump, that I’d hire Erik to take me through those final weeks.
Well, I did it!! And it was an amazing experience all the way around. I needed something concrete that I could follow and KNOW that it would take me to the point I needed to be. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. My plan left out nothing … I had everything I needed in order to complete my goal. And most importantly, I loved my look when we were done. To me, that was what the whole journey was about, and in that respect, it could not have turned out better. I would recommend Erik to absolutely everyone, whether it be someone that wants to drop a few pounds and feel better about themselves, to the highest level competitor. I trust him wholeheartedly. He is not only kind and encouraging, but also has more knowledge in this field than anyone I’ve run across.
Originally, this was going to be a one shot deal, but I enjoyed training with Erik so much, that I’ve decided to continue through the winter and then enter another show in the spring. I can’t wait to see what the results will bring. Thank you, Erik.
– Ali Swanson, Ravenna, MI
So I have spent the last ten years dieting in some way. Even when I achieved a weight I was happy with it was torture trying to maintain it. I had come to believe that the only way to lose weight and then maintain it was by eating very few calories and doing hours of cardio. Last year I hit a plateau at my highest weight and no matter what I tried nothing seemed to work. I came across information about Erik on the internet and decided to try working with him. I was extremely impressed when I got my program. He really listened to my goals and every detail regarding nutrition and exercise was outlined and explained thoroughly. In one month of working with Erik I saw changes to my figure I had never thought possible without starving myself. I became stronger, leaner, had more energy, and just felt better about myself. Because of Erik I now understand what it means to train effectively. Erik was a great coach, always professional, motivating, and extremely knowledgeable. He never made me feel like any of my questions or concerns were stupid and they were always addressed promptly. I would gladly work with him again in the future and would recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their physique; it really can be a life changing opportunity!
– Heather Meadows, Jefferson, GA
Over the years I have tried to quite smoking too many times to count. On the few occasions that I actually quit for an extended period of time I always started to gain weight again. I finally got it in my head that if I gained weight after quitting smoking then I would find someone to help me take the weight off. Well that person was Erik Ledin. I hired Erik in May of 2006 but wasn’t seeing the results that I wanted. Not by any fault of Erik’s but of my own. I wasn’t following his program and it was showing in my bi-weekly reports. I decided that I needed a goal to help keep me accountable. That goal was a figure competition. I knew once I decided to compete that I would stick to the plan. So two months prior to my first show I buckled down and ended up losing 20 pounds and looked better than I ever had.
Erik’s plans are very easy to follow. He tells you everything from diet and training to supplements and stretching exercises. Nothing is left uncovered in Erik’s plans. And if I ever had a question he would respond with an answer that day. I plan on competing again next year and will definitely be using Erik as my coach! And as of today I have been a nonsmoker for 15 months and weigh less than before I quit smoking!
– Terri Bracali, Waterford, MI
Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, why did I hope that the same diet and exercise program that I had been using was going to miraculously give me results that I had never achieved? I was preparing to compete in Mrs. America. Let me tell you, there are precious few stronger motivators than having to stand on a stage to be judged in a swimsuit! Getting in shape is a physical process tied to strong emotions. That is why it is so important to have someone who understands, but is not ruled by your emotions to help you with the process – someone who has superior knowledge about the physical process who understands the emotional ties that accompany that process. Erik Ledin is that someone. He provided me with a plan that gave me incredible results. He took so much into account when creating my plan: my likes/dislikes, my schedule, my abilities. In addition, he drastically REDUCED my workout time! I was spending less time working out and getting better results! He did all this via e-mail, which I found incredibly convenient. In addition, when I spent time off of Erik’s plan after the pageant, I noticed that I didn’t gain weight as fast as I have in the past. I am happy to say that I am back on Erik’s plan and LOVING the results! Erik, thank you for helping me deal with a lifelong issue for me and enabling me to feel my best at Mrs. America!!
– Jill Putzier
Mrs. Kansas America 2006
I have always loved to workout and tried to always make healthy decisions but I still was not getting the body I wanted. I knew I needed to step it up a notch and I started by just reading everything by Erik I could get my hands on. I did make improvements but I kept changing things and second guessing myself and I needed to make sure I was doing it right since I made the goal to compete in 2006. I started working with Erik and I felt more confident in what I was doing and saw results right away. I had more energy because I was eating so well and not wasting so much time trying to decide what I should be eating. I love his programs because I knew exactly what to eat since everything is spelled out so clearly for you. I also felt like I had to workout less then what I had been doing because his workouts were more efficient. This is very helpful considering I work full time and have a 2 year old. If you are competing, Erik helps you know if you are ready for the show and really is there for you that last week to make sure everything comes together. I was thrilled with my results and how I came in for my shows and know that I would have not been able to get there without Erik’s knowledge and guidance.
– Amanda Landrum, Roseville, MI
I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to work with Erik. I thought I knew quite a bit about fitness, but Erik has taught me so much about nutrition and working out. He is a great teacher and his knowledge is endless. When I had questions or concerns, he was always prompt to answer them and steer me in the right direction. In the last six months, I have gained a lot more strength and muscle. I used to be so weak in the upper body. His plans are very easy to follow and I like that you know what to eat and when. It is a no brainer! The information I have learned will help me continue to achieve my goals in the future.
– Cinnamon Goodrich, Houston, Texas