Leslie Ann Quillen
I live and breathe fitness & nutrition 24/7, but that wasn't always the case.
In 2010, after 10+ years working in politics and public policy in Washington, DC, I traded in my politico credentials for Reebok sneakers, and left my cushy-but-soul-killing 9-5 job for 6 a.m. training sessions.
As a Certified Personal Trainer and Fat Loss Nutrition Coach, I specialize in female fat loss through proper nutrition and smart exercise.
I started my own fitness & nutrition business in 2012, LAQ Fitness, and, with a very sharp chef's knife, I've carved out a niche in this booming industry:
I teach women to cook and eat real food for fat loss.
Where All Good Ideas Happen
One day while shampooing my hair, I bemoaned the fact that I wasn't reaching as many women as I wanted to. I decided mid-rinse that I should try to get my own show on the Food Network. By the time I was rinsing out my conditioner, I realized that would probably require a breast augmentation and going on one of those cooking-themed reality shows...
"You have 20 minutes to create a 3-course meal using the following ingredients: peanut butter, goat meat, pop rocks, and a can of Diet Pepsi."
...I decided I'd be better off doing it myself - and not because I couldn't handle the pop rocks, but because the idea of having all that cleavage makes me claustrophobic.
So I created Fat Loss Cooking School, a 4-week online program that teaches women how to find their unique fat loss formula and then start cooking and eating real food for fat loss.
Certifications & Experience
District Group Exercise Manager, Gold's Gym International - Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, NC
Les Mills U.S. National Trainer - BODYPUMP® and BODYCOMBAT®
Metabolic Effect Nutrition Certification Levels 1 & 2
Les Mills BODYPUMP®, BODYCOMBAT®, CXWorx®, BODYJAM®, and BODYFLOW®
Les Mills GRIT® Series Coach
Purple belt in Shaolin Kempo, a Chinese martial art combining karate and kung fu and former martial arts instructor at Potomac Kempo, Alexandria, VA
Les Mills U.S. Regional Account Consultant - With 3+ years of experience managing group fitness departments at multiple club locations for Gold's Gym International, I now works with GFMs (group fitness managers) and owners to create instructor assessment criteria, observe classes, and restructure group fitness timetables to maximize usage of this critical space inside every gym. I help owners and fitness managers streamline their sales process to ensure higher conversion rates and improve retention. I specialize in increasing crossover between group fitness and PT departments and small group training.