Introducing Ben Van Leeuwen: Owner of The Health Hub, MP Level 4 Transformation Specialist. Happily married to wife, Rachael, and dad to 2 beautiful girls, Eva (2.5 years) and Ruby (8 weeks). Ben is one of my amazing mentoring clients!

Q1: Share with us where you were born and where you grew up?

I was born in Ballarat and grew up around country Victoria – Ballarat, Horsham, Bendigo, Shepparton before landing in Mt Eliza, Victoria.

Q2: How long have you been a trainer and what got you into training?

I was never academic in school but loved being active, so I fell into fitness training. I have become much more academic since finishing school in updating my skills, as I love what I do.

Q3: Tell me about The Health Hub? How long has it been operating? How many staff? What’s your client base?

The Health Hub has been going since 2003. I purchased the business from the previous owner 4.5 years ago now. We have had upto 7 staff at one point but the perfect amount is 3 trainers including myself which we have now.

Our core client base is professional people from 35-55 years of age, with a mixture of women and men. We also train high school children and are involved with the local school “Peninsula Grammar,” where we conduct lunch time strength training sessions.

We have a high number of inspirational clients in their 60s and 70s, as well as my regular long term client, who is turning 80 next year! It’s very humbling working with people like this who value their health and live very active and happy lives.

Q4: What drew you to become a Level 4 Transformation Specialist?

I knew MP was for me as soon as I saw Cribby speak at an event in 2012. You can tell when someone has integrity and that is how I try and run my business. His information and credentials blew me away and also, the fact that he is a down to earth bloke is very rare in our industry.

I completed Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Level 4 was the next step. Although I passed on Cribby’s original offer, I’m glad I came on board 12 months later.

Adding our ICE Training has been the best thing we have implemented since I started the business. This allows me to have contact with another 30-40 clients I would have never have had the chance to train. Our Health Hub members have taken advantage of this also and it has led to them achieving better results in fat loss and fitness.

Q5: Why did you choose Luke to mentor you?

The same reason why I chose Cribby. I tend to go on gut feel and I was right. Luke is a man of integrity with how he runs his business and conducts his life. Luke always has the time to answer a call or an email and is always upbeat and positive. He is also “MP” by the book and that is something that I need, as I can fall off the path at times.

All in all, the MP community is full of positive business owners, all trying to get better and do the best things by their clients. It’s definitely a “leave your ego at the door” environment.

Q6: How has Metabolic Precision improved your business?

1. ICE Training has been great in opening our reach out to new clients. It is also a good entry level option for clients at a lower price point.

2. Using the KISS principle – Keep It Simple Stupid. (These aren’t Cribby’s words!) Level 4 has been a relief, as I have often been on a few tangents at times that have led to no results and costed money.

3. Using the proven nutrition and exercise systems that our clients need to achieve results have been valuable also. I haven’t not committed to any other system over the past 10 years as I felt they all had limitations, but MP delivers results.

Q7: What would you tell someone looking to start their own PT business?

Start small. A studio can be your garage with some basic equipment. If you grow out of that space, then maybe look at leasing somewhere when you’ve got the cash flow to match it.

The easy option would be to go through all the levels of MP and be guided by proven systems that aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg.

If you are new to the industry, having a mentor like Luke or one of the other MP trainers is a great option, so you don’t make too many costly mistakes.

If you are in the Mt Eliza area and looking for an amazing Transformation Specialist to help you achieve your body, health and fitness goals, Ben is your man! You can contact him here!

Ben, it’s an absolute pleasure working with you and I’m so looking forward to seeing your business and your clients continue to thrive!


Metabolic Precision has helped me, my family and my clients to live a healthy, happy life, and the systems and ongoing education I receive have helped my business grow beyond anything I could have imagined. That’s why I want to pass on what I’ve learnt over the past 4 years of being in business for myself to other trainers, and help them achieve amazing results, not only for themselves, but for their clients, too.

I only have very limited spots available in my mentoring program. To receive an application form, please email