FO Fitness is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) located in Alexandria, Virginia. Owned and operated by Lans Fofana, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. Lans began his fitness training career in 1998 while stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he volunteered to train Marines placed on remedial fitness squad (category of Marines unable to perform at the Marine Corps fitness standards). Within four years, his services extended to naval personnel, Department of Defense employees, civilians and organized sports teams in Hawaii.
Directly following his deployment in Kuwait/Iraq, where he continued to provide fitness training services to military and civilian personnel, Lans became a Master Fitness Trainer in the Army (certified subject matter expert in the Army physical readiness training program) while stationed in Seattle, Washington. He also obtained: Fitness Training Certification through International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA); Certified Combative Train-the-Trainer Instructor for the U.S. Army; Group X Instructor for 24 Hour Fitness; and Installer and Trainer of Xergames Interactive Fitness equipment.
In 2008, after receiving his MBA, Lans relocated to Alexandria, Virginia, where he opened his fitness training studio. Since then, his business has grown and developed into one of the most comprehensive personal training and fitness centers in the area. In 2012, FO Fitness was rated by Washingtonian Magazine a top 13 Highly Rated Boot Camps in the DC Metro area.
Lans A. Fofana, better known as FO was inspired by fitness while growing up in Sierra Leone. Having watched his beloved grandmother, Mammy Fatu, struggle with her weight, slowly lose her independence and her ability to walk, FO vowed to fight for his own independence and to help others by making health and wellness a priority.
FO served in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army where he became a Master Fitness Trainer. During his service, he volunteered to turn groups of remedial fitness Marines and Soldiers into top-notch lean machines. His fierce competitiveness and empathetic spirit established him as a leader among his military comrades. FO does not like to lose; however, it is how he loses that matters most. When challenged, he gives 100 percent to create a close fight and that is the same determination he practices with his clients to reach their fitness goals.
FO has a dual Master's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Science from the California University of PA; an MBA from the University of Phoenix; a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University; and an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science, with an Emphasis in Personal Training through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) College of Exercise Science.
FO has also secured the following advanced certifications:
Certified Exercise Therapist - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
Certified Fitness Nutritionist - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
Certified Master Fitness Trainer - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
Corrective Exercise Specialist - National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Performance Enhance Specialist - National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Senior Fitness Specialist - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
Strength and Conditioning Specialist - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
Youth Fitness Specialist - International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)