Founder & CEO
Colleen founded Lightning Fit on the core belief that she should use her unique experiences and access to the best wellness technologies to help other people achieve their fitness goals. An Orange County local, Colleen joined a big 4 accounting firm after graduating from Columbia University, where she played NCAA Division I volleyball. Driven to excel in the fast-paced business world as well as maintain her elite athleticism, Colleen experienced what many of us feel in our day to day lives: there is always so much to do and that staying fit and healthy can often be a struggle.
In the spring of 2012, crisis struck. Colleen began to feel extremely fatigued constantly and gain weight at an unexpected pace. She sought the help of doctors and specialists in Southern California, but her health continued to deteriorate.
Determined to find a solution to the mysterious illness that afflicted her, Colleen expanded her search for treatment. She sought out advice from specialised doctors around the globe, underwent treatment at revolutionary clinics in Europe, and even received stem cell therapy. After years of searching, she found a cutting edge facility in Utah where she was finally diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial dysfunction that was triggered by an allergic reaction to a very strong antibiotic. Her treatment at the clinic contributed to her full recovery and with her health restored, Colleen returned to work in accounting. More cognisant of her energy levels, she began to put together the optimised fitness strategy that forms the basis of Lightning Fit’s offering. Determined to return to the elite level of fitness that she had experienced before her illness, but did not have 3 hours a day to exercise like she had when in college. This drove her to craft a regimen that would provide her with a world class workout supported by advanced recovery and wellness technologies, without taking up all of her time.
After thoughtful experimentation, Colleen found a combination of diet and exercise that massively improved her fitness, increased her energy, and fit well within her busy lifestyle. Having been introduced to Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) devices and a variety powerful supplements by wellness experts, she started to use these technologies to help her regain her health and fitness levels. Working with experts and undergoing one of the most rigorous fitness training certifications available in the US, Colleen began to formulate a recipe for success that would eventually drive her to the best fitness level of her life, all in less than 3 hours per week.
In early 2016, Colleen decided to leave accounting and open a personal training studio in Costa Mesa so that she could help other people achieve their fitness goals through personalised, technology-enabled training programs. She gained a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a robust personal training program in the US, and received direct training and certification from the top EMS experts in the US and Europe. Thus Lightning Fit was born out of Colleen’s desire to help others feel as healthy as they can so that they can enjoy the happiness they deserve.