About Lotus Fitness

Welcome! I’m Ewunike Akpan or as I’m commonly referred to, Coach “E”. I am an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified Personal Trainer and an ACE certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.

In Detroit, MI where I’m from, I grew up in a household where good nutrition, exercise and travel were a way of life. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, right? My path definitely proves that theory. My mother is a former Peace Corps volunteer, aerobics instructor, runner and she adopted a vegetarian diet to keep our family healthy. I joke that I literally grew up at Bell Isle park where she ran regularly and in the YWCA where she taught classes.

I moved from Detroit to attend undergrad at Howard University and after I graduated, I worked in public service advertising. I loved the purpose behind the work, but I didn’t enjoy the work itself. Going to the gym every evening became my way to unwind and release stress. 

It was at the YMCA in DC that I discovered my gift and passion for fitness, teaching others and tapped further into my love of travel and challenging myself physically. I fully recognize how fortunate I was to have developed the skills and appreciation for the transformative power of exercise during my early childhood. 

After participating in the 1999 AIDS Ride, I became a certified personal trainer with ACE (American Council on Exercise) and Spinning instructor with Johnny G. Soon after, I began working as a trainer part time in Washington, DC. and made a life changing decision after recognizing my growing interest in helping people move better, reach their fitness goals, achieve healthy weight targets and experience the overall benefits of exercise. I left advertising to devote my attention full time to building my new business, LOTUS Fitness LLC. (Leading Others To Unlimited Success).

During a bucket list trip to Costa Rica in 2013, I learned to surf, explored waterfalls, hiked in nature preserves, practiced yoga and taught fitness to locals on the beach. My experiences on this trip inspired my vision for LOTUS Fitness Retreats®. Today, I lead unique, curated itineraries of fitness and wellness retreats in Costa Rica.  I find that I’m happiest when I’m outdoors on an adventure, training people and helping others connect their fitness ability with activities that provide amazing experiences.

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 
  • 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