Leslie Nease is a wife, mother, Co-Host for Midlife Madness Podcast, Speaker, Writer, and Fitness Coach. She was also a contestant on the popular reality show, Survivor in 2007.

Leslie has been speaking professionally for over twenty-five years. She began as a fitness speaker in the early 1990’s. Leslie has spoken at schools, weight loss centers, YMCA’s and Fitness Expos nationally. Her speaking ministry began in 2004, a year after she and her husband surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. She realized that after years of encouraging people to be physically fit, her passions were changing to include messages that delivered hope and encouragement for spiritual fitness. Now she will also frequently speak for women’s ministries, churches, youth groups, universities and even community events.

Leslie is currently a Group Fitness Instructor at The Front Climbing Club in Ogden, UT. She just recently started working there, but has been teaching fitness since 1994 in places like Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Charlotte, Fort Mill and Greenville, SC.

As Mrs. North Carolina 2001, she traveled the state to encourage youth to get fit in order to prevent childhood obesity. She is passionate about fitness in body, mind and spirit. She has also written a book called Wholehearted: Living the Life You Were Created to Live.Leslie’s messages are filled with humor, real-life issues, and practical applications from God’s Word. Leslie has a way of relating to students and adults alike with her straightforward approach and willingness to be authentic about her struggles and victories. She has a heart for equipping others to live out their faith boldly, but with gentleness and respect for others.

Leslie has been married to her husband, Rod, since 1989 and they have four children together. They live in the beautiful town of Ogden, UT at the feet of the Wasatch Mountains.Leslie knows what it’s like to stand for your faith in an unpopular setting. During the first episode of Survivor: China,  she was asked to bow before a statue in a Buddhist temple. However, Leslie refused to bow down and respectfully walked out. When confronted with her decision, she confidently stated, “I’m not religious, but I have a relationship with Jesus Christ and I’m only going to put my face on the floor for Him.”

Her short stay on Survivor has opened many doors for her to share her faith. She continues to be humbled by the opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with folks all around the world!

Below, you can hear the inaugural podcast for Midlife Madness where Leslie and her sister, Marie, introduce themselves. You can learn more about the podcast at!