About Lotus Fitness

Hello! I’m Ewunike Akpan or as many people call me, Coach “E”. I am an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.

I grew up in Detroit, MI in a household where good nutrition, exercise and travel were a way of life. These ideas shaped me and formed the foundation for LOTUS Fitness.

After graduating from Howard University, I worked in public service advertising. I loved the purpose behind the work but felt there was something more fulfilling out there for me. Going to the gym every evening became my way to unwind and release stress.   

In 1999 I became a certified personal trainer and soon after left advertising to pursue my passion full time. LOTUS Fitness was born and my mission to help people “Feel Better, Live Better and Look Better” has been my driving force ever since.

Over the past 18 years, I have helped a diverse group of people with various fitness level and abilities embrace a healthy lifestyle and reach their wellness goals. I continue to enjoy sharing the benefits of regular activity with others through personal training, boot camps, fitness classes and leading unique wellness retreats in Costa Rica. 

During my development of LOTUS Fitness, I was also lent my expertise and shared my passion for wellness by working with Reebok Inc. I managed the Mid-Atlantic Region of the BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) initiative – a before and after school physical activity program. This initiative engaged hundreds of schools in the region and thousands throughout the country to increase physical activity for elementary and middle school children.

I look forward to sharing my passion for a healthy lifestyle with you and helping you on your fitness and wellness journey.


  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer 
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Fitness Nutrition Specialist 
  • Pre/Postnatal Fitness Instructor
  • CrossFit Level 1 Instructor 
  • Dragon Door Kettle Bell Instructor 
  • Creator of the ACE/BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) Certificate for New BOKS Trainers 
  • Certified in CPR, First Aid and AED