Meet Eric

I’ve experienced extreme weight loss (70 lbs), it wasn’t easy but I did it and I’ve helped others do it too.  I’ve learned it’s not just about the number on the scale, but rather how you feel day to day from the inside out.  I’ve made fitness my lifestyle, and I enjoy helping others do the same.

I can sympathize with feelings of frustration, stress, and insecurities. Helping you overcome barriers that inhibit you from becoming your best, or reach your “Arete” is as much my goal as it SHOULD be yours.  Anything is possible when you put your mind to it, when you’re ready to take the next step, regardless of fitness level, I’ll be here. I will give you my 100% while helping you find yours. Remember, nobody is perfect, but we can always strive to be better.

Recent Professional Experience: Over 15 years experience

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa- Fitness Supervisor-Lead Fitness Trainer 2014-2017

Ojai Valley Athletic Club- Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer, Spin Instructor 2012-2017

Perches Academy, Ventura- Physical Education Instructor 2011-2015

BSF Fitness Center, Port Hueneme-Fitness Dept. Manager, Master Trainer 2010-2012

Gold’s Gym, Oxnard-2010-2011 Assistant Manager, Personal Trainer


Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology-San Francisco State University

National Academy of Sports Medicine-Personal Group Trainer
American College of Sports Medicine-Personal Trainer

Kali Institute for Massage & Somatic Therapies-Licensed Massage Practitioner

Keiser Certified Spinning Instructor

Madd Dogg Certified Spin Instructor

Crossfit Level I Trainer

American Red Cross-CPR/AED & First Aid for the Professional Rescuer

“It was commonly believed that the mind, body, and soul each had to be developed and prepared for a man (or woman) to live a life of arete. This led to the thought that athletics had to be present in order to obtain areté. They did not need to consume one’s life, merely exercise the body into the right condition for areté…”

– When referring to athletics-Wikipedia

Eric Leija

Eric Leija


Eric works tirelessly to ensure his clients receive optimal treatment. Whether it is researching the latest techniques or giving you that extra nudge you need, Eric has your back.

“What would you attempt in life if you weren’t afraid, and felt up to the task?”