Our mission is to improve lives through health and fitness.
Ferrigno FIT is a lifestyle brand that celebrates positive, healthy living. We combine behavioral science, education, and entertainment with the fundamentals of health & fitness to build personalized transformation programs aimed at helping individuals achieve their fitness goals.
LOU FERRIGNO - The Inspiration | Co-founder
Louis Jude “Lou” Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951) is the inspiration behind Ferrigno FIT. Like every good comic book hero, Lou's origin story begins in the face of adversity. As an infant, Lou suffered a series of ear infections and lost 80% of his hearing (though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old). This circumstance led to bullying both in school and at home. Lost and unhappy, Lou turned to larger-than-life figures like actor/bodybuilder Steve Reeves and Marvel's The Incredible Hulk for inspiration. These two icons would dictate who he would become and how he would live his life.
Undeterred by what some may have perceived as a disadvantage, Lou threw himself into athletics at age 13 (predominantly weightlifting and bodybuilding). By age 21, Lou won his first major titles: Mr. America and Mr. Universe. At 22, he came in second at his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia title. His second attempt at the title was documented the following year in the film Pumping Iron. The release of this film helped gain the attention of television producer Kenneth Johnson (Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman), who was seeking the right person to portray the larger-than-life comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk. With his 6ft 5in, 285 lb. frame, Lou was the biggest professional bodybuilder at the time and was cast. The success of this series catapaulted Lou into the mainstream, making him a fitness legend and a pop culture icon. He would go on to be featured in CBS’ King of Queens, Dreamworks’ I Love You, Man and NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.
Lou continues to symbolize the limitless giant, being the only person ever to have played the fan-favorite. Lou also still makes health and fitness a priority in his life but has turned his focus to teaching others his key to happiness.
SHANNA FERRIGNO - CEO | Co-founder
Like her father, Shanna's passions lie in both entertainment and fitness. A graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts, she has done time both in front of and behind the camera including a stint as a content producer for Warner Bros. Studios and Sony Entertainment. A personal trainer for the last 10 years, she has trained every type of client; but her passion is working with families as a whole. Ferrigno FIT was founded when Shanna and Lou decided to bring their two loves together, entertainment and fitness, and teach others how to achieve happiness the Ferrigno way - through health.
KIMBERLY WARD - Incredibly FIT Dietitian
Kimberly Ward is an ISSA certified personal trainer, holds a M.S. in Nutritional Science, and is a Registered Dietitian - trained in foods and the management of diets (dietetics) and credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association. Her aim is to combine her nutritional knowledge and personal training skills to help her clients move away from rigid dieting rules, develop an overall healthy lifestyle, and concentrate on inner health (not just outer appearance). She has assisted schools with menu planning and budgeting at Torrance Unified School District, provided treatment for patients at the St. John’s Health Center, and educated individuals on health and nutrition at Kaiser Permanente.
CHRISTINA ELMEN - Creative Director
Christina Elmen holds a degree in Public Relations from Grand Valley State University. Her experience comes from working in the health care industry as well as in entertainment. She has struggled with her personal fitness goals and after discovering Ferrigno FIT she has found a new way to incorporate her passion for a healthy active lifestyle along with her passion for creativity. She is here to help bring Ferrigno FIT’s mission to those new and experienced in the health and fitness industry.
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