Hi, I'm Jelena Lakic

A longevity-centric body recomposition coach & speaker based in Cape Town, South Africa.

You may know me as the founder of Longevity Recomp, a health-coaching practice dedicated to helping people sustain the kinds of body composition changes (recomp) that supports their long-term health, fitness, aesthetic, & aging goals (longevity).

I'm also the co-founder of 10X Fitness Coaching, a health-coach certification program in which I help to train and certify hundreds of coaches in the 10X method each year.

I'm the creator of the Longevity Recomp Assessment (LRA), the most comprehensive, personalised fat-loss plan service available anywhere, and the Longevity Recomp Masterclass (LRM), the first body-recomp program-design certification designed for clients & coaches alike.

Collectively, I've helped hundreds of individuals and coaches successfully apply the science of longevity-centric fat-loss in their own lives (and those of their clients).

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Reasons To Work With Me

Nadia Viljoen (6 Weeks)

I couldn't believe that a single resistance exercise session each week coupled with walking produced a sufficient calorie deficit for me to lose 2.2 kg of fat in 6 weeks. As a busy mom this is exactly the advice I needed. I can't wait to see where I'll be in 6 months. Thank you, Jelena. 

Crystal Norton (3 Months)

There's nothing like a DEXA scan to show you what's really going in your body. I can't believe making three simple changes, strength training twice per week, doubling protein, and a small sustainable calorie deficit, allowed me to lose 7 kg of fat and pick up 3 kg of muscle in three months.

Rizel Delano (5 Months)

It wasn't until I did a DEXA scan that I realised how much fat I've gained over the years despite being low-carb and exercising daily. Jelena helped me discover that I've been in a whopping 400 daily calorie surplus for years now. I lost 5.4 kg of fat in 5 months simply by cutting out my nut butters.

Longevity Recomp

If I were to use a singular diagnostic test to assess a person’s longevity status (and methods for its enhancement), apart from their VO2max (the most direct inclusive-fitness test we have), it would be a body composition assessment (performed by DEXA). 

This is because it offers us both a direct measurement of a person’s structural-integrity status (whether they’re under-muscled or overfat) and an indirect assessment of their fitness status (the lower a person’s muscle mass the lower their strength and power), energy-balance status (whether they’re overnourished and/or underactive), and metabolic-health status (whether their muscle and fat status has crossed a health-harming threshold).

We know that when a person is under-muscled and overfat that they’re more likely to be overnourished, underactive, less healthy, more injury-prone, weaker and less fit, and therefore carry a greater risk of dying younger. (Quite literally the opposite of longevity)

Conversely, individuals who carry higher levels of muscle-mass and little-to-no excess body fat are generally healthier, fitter, and in better overall shape. In fact, and not surprisingly, the fittest individuals possess the best body composition numbers.

It is for this reason that I focus on fitness-based energy-balance guided by body composition data as opposed to weight-loss (sedentary-based caloric-restriction) guided by the scale. The former approach directly tracks and improves one’s longevity status while the latter detracts from it.

Longevity Recomp, therefore, is the process by which I help individuals restore lost muscle and lose excess body fat (body recomposition) via enhanced functional ability in a calorically-controlled state for the purpose of enhancing their long-term health (longevity).

How To Work With Me


The most effective way to guarantee lasting, fat-loss success is to start with a personalised fat-loss plan designed based on an accurate analysis of your current body composition & behavioural (Longevity Recomp) status. Starting with anything less will waste your time, money, & opportunities to learn (why some things work for you & others don't).

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Whereas an LRA is a 1-week, done-for-you service, the Longevity Recomp Masterclass (LRM) is a 6-week, do-it-yourself fat-loss centric lifestyle-design course designed to help you become your own Longevity Recomp expert. An LRM is ideal for students & coaches alike seeking to learn how to continuously assess their own LR-status, set & update their goals, & devise a plan to achieve those goals, for life.

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Another way to work with me is by signing up for the 10X Fitness Certification program with Mindvalley. Each year Lorenzo Delano (founder of 10X) and I team up for 16 weeks to train and certify over a thousand individuals in the 10X method. If you want to transform your body (and those of your clients) while learning how to run a successful health coaching business then this is for you.

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Regardless of where you start, a 1-on-1 assessment, a live group-coaching course, or even a health-coach certification, the journey through each of the longevity-recomp fat-loss stages remains the same. 

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