Before I started working with Erik I was so frustrated with my body, my weight and my diet. I spent more time in the gym than anyone I knew and I always would try to eat “healthy”, but I wasn’t seeing any improvements and I felt so stuck. Looking back at my struggles from what I know now, I was doing a lot of things wrong by focusing too much on cardio and not eating enough during the day, which would cause me to eat too much at night. Working with Erik has not only taught me a much more effective way of working out but I have also learned a lot about proper nutrition and how to set up a nutritional plan for fat loss. The plans from Erik were very detailed and were tailored to my goals and lifestyle. Basically Erik gives you all the tools you need for success – all you need to do is make sure you are following the plans. I never would have thought that my body would react so quickly, in the first month I lost 10 inches, something I had been trying to achieve for years. Overall, I have seen more results working with Erik for 5 months than I have ever gotten on my own and I feel that I now have the knowledge and confidence to reach my goals. I would definitely recommend working with Erik to anyone who is struggling to reach their goals or anyone who wants to take their physique to the next level. Thanks Erik!
– Ashley R, Brooklyn Center, MN
Well, I am your average professional working mother just trying to get the best out of life and feel good about myself. When I first consulted Erik Ledin I felt somewhat uncomfortable with my body and just needed some help to achieve my goal of fat loss whilst maintaining as much muscle mass as possible.
Erik’s plan was professional, balanced, and easy to follow. Above all, it considered my individual needs and catered to my numerous food allergies and intolerances. My training program was such that my strength has increased in some lifts as much as 110%. I am the strongest I have ever been in my entire life and I have been lifting weights for years. I learned new exercises in training and was reminded of others that I thought were not that effective, much to my surprise how wrong I could be. The way my program was structured taught me how to get the most out of these new exercises and helped me to implement my own program for the future.
My cardiovascular fitness is incredible even considering my severe asthma and the little cardio training I have been doing on my plan.
My nutrition plan was easy to follow and included all the foods I like and could eat. I learned how to effectively incorporate cheat meals, cheat days and re-feeds into my diet. Concepts that I was familiar with but never really sure of how to implement.
I am now at a body fat level that I feel very comfortable with, even with little change in my scale weight. I feel confident in the gym, in my clothes and generally within myself.
I want to thank you for your experience, your expertise and your professionalism. I have learned a lot and hopefully can take what I have gained and maintain my results.
I highly recommend Lean Bodies Consulting to help you get to the next level with your training and fitness goals.
– Lisa Vaughan, Tasmania, Australia
I found Erik Ledin after being directed to a fitness forum, which I found was run by him. I thought I had a solid base of knowledge on program tailoring and dieting, but after many forum discussions, and lots of reading, I was intrigued by the wealth of cutting edge information and techniques that Erik employs and recommends. I could see and talk to the people whose bodies were Erik’s works of art, and the ideas and concepts just made sense. So as I chose my date for my first figure competition, I also chose to have Erik as my coach.
I had the privilege of spending three intensive months training with Erik, and I truly began to feel like an athlete. I pushed myself to the limits, and strove to achieve 100% dietary compliance. Although I was officially in a leaning out phase, I felt my body begin to grow stronger and more efficient in various exercises. My program addressed everything from warming up properly and weight training, to cardiovascular health, weight loss, and nutrition. You may not be able to see Erik face to face but I still feel like he was there coaching me the whole time. If I had questions, comments, or concerns, he was available.
I fully recommend Erik of Lean Bodies Consulting to you if you are willing to work a serious program and follow the guidelines as he lays out. You too, will see your body morphing with every check in and update.
– Rebecca, Springfield, IL
I started working with Erik Ledin to prep for my first two figure competitions. I learned so much about nutrition and how it is a vital part of creating the physique that you want. The eating plans were very straight forward and simple to understand. If you do what the plan lays out, you will see results. However, no plan will work if you aren’t willing to follow the program. If you are committed to change, you will have success and Erik’s guidance will get you there in a healthy way. I was very nervous about the final few weeks of contest prep, but Erik’s plan made it easier because I wasn’t starving and I wasn’t doing hours and hours of cardio. My schedule is too busy to fit in two plus hours of cardio a day like I have seen some girls do. My workouts were built around the time of day that worked for me … no schedule upheaval. When I look at pictures of myself I really have a hard time believing that it is me. At age 38, with two kids, I am truly in the best shape of my life and I look better than I ever imagined and I was rewarded with a 2nd place finish in my second figure show.
– Sherry McKinstrey, Pella, IA
I was a high-level gymnast for 15 years, and now I’m a personal trainer / fitness professional. So, of course, fitness is important to me, working out is a big part of my life, and I’ve spent a good deal of time learning and studying effective fat loss techniques. But, when I decided to do my very first figure competition, I could only get myself so far.
I found Erik and was immediately impressed by his scientific-based knowledge. I could completely understand the reasons for his training and nutritional strategies – and I was grateful to find someone who didn’t employ the same old, prehistoric, unnecessary fat loss techniques for figure/bodybuilding competitors (and fat loss in general). I was also very impressed by his arsenal of transformations on the Lean Bodies Consulting website. It was obvious that this guy knew what he was doing.
I needed someone to take me to the next level – to be involved with every detail of my diet and training program – and I decided that Erik would be perfect as that person. And he was. He told me what to do and when to do it. He answered all my endless questions. He made sure that I maintained a healthy attitude about dieting. He gave me honest, positive feedback about my progress and my potential. He called and texted me constantly throughout my contest day, to make sure my first time on stage went smoothly. And over the three months of dieting, as calories were taken away through the weeks of contest prep, his method of only removing a small bit from each meal was brilliant. I hardly noticed that I was eating less food!
It was very easy to simply eat my meals and do my workouts. As long as I just followed my plan and did what Erik suggested, I progressed forward. And since I was investing my money into his help, I made sure to follow my plan. And, boy, did it lead to an incredible transformation! I constantly increased my strength, put on lean muscle (even while in caloric deficit), and reached a level of leanness that still takes my breath away.
I may have already been healthy, fit, and lean. And my transformation may not have been as dramatic as other clients – but to me, it was a huge change and a huge accomplishment. And I have to thank Erik for giving me all of the tools in which to get there. As well as the endless support and communication.
I wouldn’t have been able to make it to the stage without Erik’s help!
– Kim Ball, Long Beach, CA
I can’t thank you enough for your guidance and help over the past four months. You’ve helped me change my body in ways I know I never would have been able to do on my own. Not only that, but you’ve given me the tools and knowledge to come to terms with my eating problems and find ways to correct them. I feel better than I ever have, I’m thrilled with the changes in my body and I look forward to leaning down even more. Most importantly you’ve taught me a new lifestyle and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I appreciate all your knowledge and guidance. Thank you.
– Brenda Myers, Mount Airy, Maryland
For most women (or all women!), gaining weight/mass is a very frightening thought. After my last figure competition in November, I decided that I wanted to take my physique a little further and taking into account the judges’ feedback, I decided to gain some more lean mass. I had attempted creating lean mass gain programs in the past for myself, but I had always fell short of meeting my goals. I would end up gaining too much fat, without seeing any improvements physically in terms of mass gains or in the gym in terms of strength gains.
Erik’s programs were very detailed and definitely tailored to my particular needs (contrary to some trainers who provide cookie cutter programs). More importantly, I had a lot of fun in the gym during my whole time training with Erik. His programs are based mainly around heavy, basic movements such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, military press. During those 12 weeks training with him, I increased my lifts on almost all the core exercises, all the while feeling great energy-wise.
Physically, I felt great! Most importantly, having seen the testimonials and pictures on the Lean Bodies Consulting website, I felt very confident in Erik’s ability to help me reach my goals. He was always available to answer my questions and a great resource of information. Not only did I improve my physique, but I also learned more during the whole time about both nutrition and effective training.
During that 12-week time frame, I gained about 5 lbs. My waist only increased 5/8 of an inch; however, the biggest change was in my upper body (which was the area I wanted to improve the most): I gained a bit more than an inch in the chest/lats area, which was confirmed by my sports bras getting tighter in the back. My shoulders also looked bigger. I feel very pleased with my results and would definitely recommend Erik to anyone looking to make visible improvements in their physique.
– Audrey Segaud, San Francisco CA
For years I tried on my own to lose the same 20lbs with no success. Failed diet attempts and hours of mindless exercise had left me frustrated, exhausted and no closer to my physique goals. When I decided to work with Erik, I promised myself I would stick with it until I reached my goal, and I’m so glad I did! It was by far the best thing I have done for myself. By working with Erik, I have completely changed my lifestyle and I am grateful for everything I have learned from him.
– Leslie Trujillo, Boulder, CO
I have worked out for years, but it wasn’t until I hired Erik Ledin that I learned just how ineffective my workouts actually were. I hired Erik because I wanted to lose a few pounds, but I got so much more out of the time I was with him. I learned what kinds of foods I should be eating, and when I should be eating them based on my workouts. I started working out in an entirely new way, using much heavier weights, and most importantly, not focusing on cardio. I came to Erik as someone who did an average of an hour of cardio 7 days a week, but I now know that this is not necessary, even when trying to lose weight. For the first time in my life I got leaner without spending hours in the gym. Erik is great about answering questions and working with clients to design programs that are not only effective, but that the client is able to stick to. I have a completely new outlook on working out, and Erik got my body to a point that it had never been. I would recommend Erik to anyone who wants to change their body composition or just wants to learn how to have a more effective workout and diet program.
– Elizabeth Lebold, Memphis, TN
Now that I have had a chance to work with Erik on a long term basis, I definitely have a better understanding of how critical nutrition and exercise planning are to seeing your body change. The first time I used Erik was for the week prior to my first Figure competition. The differences in that week alone were awesome and I would have never been able to achieve those changes without his guidance. BUT – the changes I have seen over the past 11 months are truly amazing.
Before I began working with Erik, I worked out nearly every day and did more cardio than any human being should. One of the first lessons I learned once I began working with Erik was the importance and value of training efficiently. With Erik, every second I spend in the gym maximizes time and effort. This is especially important since I am a mother to three young girls and cannot devote countless hours each week to training.
The second lesson learned from working with Erik is that nutrition is the key. Erik provides detailed, easy to follow plans – again, a very good thing for a busy mom. Nothing is left to guess work. Not only has he taught me what to eat, but also the critical importance of when to< eat – nutrient timing. And here is where the really dramatic changes are made with Erik – training and nutrition do not work independently from one another, but rather act as complementary pieces to the body transformation puzzle. Training that isn’t supported by appropriate nutrition is wasted, but when training and nutrition work hand in hand, results are not only achievable but also dramatic. They certainly have been for me.
Through him, I have been able to achieve physique goals that I never even imagined possible. With less than a year of training, and only two figure competitions to my credit, Erik was able to prepare me to step onto the national stage. I could never have achieved the changes< necessary to make that possible without Erik’s guidance and I know that he can continue to help me improve with every show and continue to produce dramatic changes in my physique.
– Noel Clark, Marietta, GA
I had been working out and eating healthy for several years, but I was still struggling to lose weight and get down to my goal weight. I was frustrated and began considering liposuction. Then I discovered Erik Ledin and my life changed. I started training with Erik and I began losing the pounds and inches immediately. I passed my goal weight and found my abs! I went from a size 6 to a muscular size 2. My body has never looked like this, even in high school when I played sports. I have walked away from training with Erik with the knowledge I need to maintain my newly transformed body and so much more. Erik has taught me a new lifestyle. My mother was so impressed with my progress that she began training with him also.
– Dawn Schweers, Omaha, NE
I’ve been competing for a while now. I had always designed my own programs, which made me fairly hesitant about hiring a trainer. I figured I knew what I was doing, so why hire someone to tell me what to do?
But the prospect of hitting the national stages again really started to wear on me. I started to wonder if my methods were really the best way to go about things. I realized that maybe it would be beneficial to look for some outside help after all.
After seeing the results that Erik’s clients were getting, and reading about how happy they were with his programs, I knew that it would be stupid not to hire him myself.
Just his initial paperwork impressed me. It was very thorough, ensuring that he could construct a program that would suit my schedule and incorporating the things that I prefer to eat into my diet.
I’ve got to admit, awaiting that first program made me a little anxious; wondering what he was going to have me do. But once I got it, I was amazed. There were things in my diet program that I didn’t expect. And that was a good thing! There was a variety of foods in my plan that I didn’t ever allow myself in previous contest preps. And my workouts were much shorter than I’d been doing in the past. I wasn’t going to have to spend ALL of my spare time in the gym.
Everything was laid out so well for me. All I had to do was follow it. Which was very easy to do. No more getting tired of eating nothing but chicken day in and day out. No more spending countless hours doing cardio. And the best part, no more worrying about whether what I was doing was right or not.
Under Erik’s guidance, I saw changes in my physique so much faster than I ever had before. Going into that show, I can honestly say that it was the best I’d ever looked in a contest. Hiring Erik was by far the best decision I’ve made when it comes to my competitions.
– Neely Tartaglia, McMinnvile, OR
I’m one of those people who has always “worked out” and ate “healthy”, but I always looked the same … chubby. I could never get as lean or as strong as I wanted to be. It was incredibly frustrating and I began to doubt my ability to reach my goals. Obviously I wasn’t doing something right, but I had no idea what that “something” was. I needed help. But there is so much information floating around out there, how do you know what to believe? I was also very skeptical about hiring a trainer “online”, which is why I researched it for about a year before making my decision. Enter Erik Ledin. I worked with Erik for a year and not only did I finally lose fat and become stronger, I also gained an incredible amount of knowledge. The plans that Erik provided me with were detailed, easy to follow, and made for ME based on MY goals and MY lifestyle. He tweaked the plans as needed to ensure I continued to progress, which meant that I didn’t have to do any of the thinking. However, I did have to put in the effort to earn my results. It’s not always easy, but Erik is always there to answer questions (yes, even the dumb ones), to motivate you when needed, and to be honest with you when needed. Whether your goal is to lose fat, build muscle or prep for a competition, Erik can help get you there. In the past year, I have learned a tremendous amount about proper nutrition, effective training, and what works for MY body. I’ve also gained the confidence I need to continue on my own. I no longer have any doubt that I can reach my goals. I look and feel better than I have in a long time and I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t worked with Erik. To me, that’s the sign of a great coach. Someone you can trust, who cares, who can help you reach your goals, and who also teaches you along the way. That’s Erik Ledin.
– Tina T. Alberta, Canada
As a busy mother, wife and nurse, I had little time left for myself. And it showed. I had slowly morphed into something I didn’t like. I was always in the gym, running, wandering aimlessly from machine to machine. I couldn’t understand ‘how’ I gained so much weight and didn’t recognize myself.
One day, I decided *I* need to be a priority. I had been following some of Erik’s clients transformations for awhile. I was amazed at the changes I saw in his clients. There was NO question who I needed to hire. He made it so easy. I answered a few questions, and he did the rest for me. I never had to think about anything, which was important to me. I don’t have time for second guessing myself. I made progress every week. Whether it be measurements down, weight loss, or new strength gains.
I could not have done any of this without Erik’s guidance and expertise. He went above and beyond all of my expectations. He positively reinforced my decision week after week. In the span of a year, I’ve lost over 30 pounds and 35 inches. The whole shape of my body has changed into something I never thought I would see. I can do things in the gym that would have intimidated me a year ago. I am strong and confident in the gym. I know that every second I spend there is no longer aimless, but a work in progress. Friends and family have been so impressed with my dramatic changes, some have also hired Erik. Erik, I can’t thank you enough. I truly appreciate everything, from the bottom of my heart. If I ever compete, expect an e-mail!
– Brandy Bufalini, Waukesha, WI
I entered my first figure competition at 37. I was definitely lean (two hours of cardio a day will do that for ANYONE!), but knew I needed more muscle if I wanted to do more competitions and ever try my hand at the National level. Enter Erik. A fellow competitor that has since become a friend (Noel Clark ) talked about her preparation – 30 min cardio sessions? Carbs? These things called refeeds? SIGN ME UP (and by the way Noel LOOKS AMAZING! That was what convinced me). So Erik helped me add some muscle for a few months and totally reshaped everything I thought I knew about weight training. I did (and still do) exercises I had never even heard of and have had so much fun with each training plan he has sent. I wait for my new ones like they are little gifts I get to open and play with.
So it was time to peel off that excess weight and see what new muscle I had added. Even in diet mode my cardio was so much less than I had to do before … my little girl was thrilled that we did not have to spend every night at Gold’s 8 weeks prior to my competitions this year! I was really excited to see my new back and some new muscle definition in my legs. I went into my shows (including a National one) feeling like I looked my best ever, and with a preparation plan that did not completely turn my personal life upside down.
Erik has been amazing to work with. I have learned SO much from him and he has never made me feel silly for asking what I know have to be silly questions. I look forward to adding some more muscle this year and hitting the same National show next year with an even better package. Thanks Erik for all of your help! Even though you have lots of clients you have the ability to make each one feel like they are the only one. Your responsiveness and support have really helped me set goals for my physique I do not think I would have had the confidence to do otherwise.
– Laura Moreland, Columbia, South Carolina
I hired Erik with the hopes of dropping a few pounds before my husband returned from a six-month deployment. Little did I realize how helpful, beneficial, and effective his program really would be. I had such great success on Erik’s plan that I stuck with him for over eight months. His plan was designed 100% for me, which made following it all that much easier. The nutrition and the exercises were laid out in an easy to follow manner. It was nice to not have to think about what to eat all the time, not to have to worry about what I should do in the gym. As long as I followed my plan it was hard to fail. As I progressed, so did my plans. Erik was always readily available to answer any questions or explain anything I didn’t understand. I have learned SO much while working with him. His individual attention is what made working with him so great. While working with Erik not only did I start looking my best, I started feeling my best too. Having someone who really knows his stuff working with you can really make the difference between a good physique and a GREAT physique! Thank you Erik for all your help. I couldn’t be happier with how things went while working with you.
– Jackie Brown, Buffalo, NY
Hiring Erik was the best choice I could’ve ever made. I went from a size 16 to a 10 and dropped almost 30 lbs in less than five months, but I gained so much more! I gained confidence; confidence in food choices my body, and myself. I gained knowledge.things I didn’t know about working out and or eating properly around those workouts was life transforming. Working with Erik has impacted my life in many aspects, and I am appreciative for everything that he has done for me. Thank you Erik!
– Michelle Fiddler, Surrey, British Columbia
Working with Erik Ledin has been the absolute best investment I’ve made toward reaching my physique goals. I started with him in preparation for my very first figure competition and am very pleased with the entire process. Erik does all the thinking. I simply told him my goals and he designed plans tailored to my specific needs and goals. He also was available when I had questions and/or concerns. I could not imagine going through my first competition with any other coach. He not only focused on the physical; he understands that there are mental and emotional aspects also. I HIGHLY recommend Erik to anyone trying to reach their desired physique. I gained muscle and lost bodyfat while in a caloric deficit. What more could I ask for? I truly believe that if you have the will, you can reach your best (physical) self with Erik.
– Blondell D. Oak Park, Mi.
I worked with Erik Ledin for five months and during those months my body completely transformed. I went from weighing 150 lbs to 135 lbs and looking leaner and tighter than when I had previously weighed 125 lbs. It wasn’t just the weight loss, but the actual muscle I gained along the way that made a big difference. I actually lost more than 15 lbs of fat. I feel so good about myself now and I know the proper way to eat. Erik’s workout plans were great too! I would have never been able to set up a workout plan like he did. I was able to follow the nutritional plans with no problem because it was all food I already liked.Whenever I had a question about my diet or training I would just e-mail Erik and he would respond very quickly. I am going to continue to follow his diet and workout plans since I got such good results with them. I’m so amazed at the way my body changed and I’m so thankful to have found such a good coach in Erik.
– Carolina Carrasco, Coquitlam, BC
I respect Erik Ledin’s cutting-edge knowledge on training, nutrition and foremost for body composition. I’ve seen Erik in action, not just working with others, but the application of his knowledge on MY body, my mind, and my comfort while obtaining the best physique of my life. I have dieted, trained and competed all before ever hearing of Erik Ledin, but not in the condition he brings clients to. Once I began learning his more efficient approach and what it meant to train and diet intelligently, it convinced me to try him out for myself. I no longer overtrained, under ate, or screwed my metabolism and hormones. I began eating and training smarter and my body responded with the fat loss and muscle gains I was after. I am currently training for a competition and place my full trust in Erik for peak conditioning and fully expect even greater results than I’ve already achieved in the year I’ve worked with Erik. During this past year, I had an injury and Erik worked with me around that injury. Rather than take a set back however, Erik put the time to good use and I set out on my first bulk ever under his guidance. I did a Shoulder-Back Specialization while I ate over maintenance and put on some visible size upon completion. Erik looked out for my best interest in reqards to my long term health during this period and helped me recover properly. As a coach I’ve also seen Erik’s patience, compassion and pride in action. Erik displays a true concern for his clients success and has is there when you have questions or concerns about your training or your progress. Erik celebrats my successes with me and I attribute his knowledge and instruction for my physique improvements. If your serious about reaching your physique goals, I would recommend non other than Erik Ledin.
– Cindy Day, Atlanta, GA