Jimmy and Loretta founded PrayFit Ministries in 2009.
Jimmy Peña is a New York Times bestselling author, the founder of PrayFit, and has been the exercise physiologist to Tyler Perry, Mario Lopez and LL Cool J. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Baylor University in 1994 and his master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1998.
Jimmy was the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, Extra Lean by Mario Lopez & Jimmy Peña and he designed the women’s training programs for LL Cool J’s New York Times bestseller Platinum Workout. Jimmy later authored the Amazon bestseller PrayFit: Your Guide to a Healthy Body and a Stronger Faith.
Mentioned by Tyler Perry with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, CBS’s The View, CNN’s Piers Morgan and seen on HBO’s Pay-Per-View Championship Boxing, Prayfit’s popularity paved the way for two workout DVDs with Lionsgate Entertainment the first of which (PrayFit 33-Day Total Body Challenge was released in December of 2011 and remained Amazon’s #1 Hottest New Release in Faith for 53 days. The second DVD, PrayFit 33-Day Body Toning System (2012) hit #1 on Amazon in January 2013 and has remained one of Amazon’s bestselling DVDs ever since.
Jimmy was named as the first advisory board member of Pastor Rick Warren’s The Daniel Plan weight loss initiative. Jimmy Peña is rapidly becoming a keynote speaker of choice in venues ranging from churches, businesses, expos and conferences. His storytelling approach along with his targeted and motivational message of faith and health is nothing short of captivating. His latest project with Simon & Schuster Publishing– The PrayFit Diet – is currently everywhere books are sold.
Co-founder, Loretta earned her bachelor of business degree from California Lutheran University. Loretta manages the day-to-day operations of PrayFit's online store as well as the PrayFit App (available on all devices.) Loretta is an avid runner, hitting 2-3 marathons per year. She enjoys classical music, practicing piano and reading her Bible.