Fitness with Soul
Black-owned fitness studios and gyms near you
So you ate all the turkey and dressing, mac and cheese and sweet potato pie you could over the holidays because in 2017 you were” hitting the gym”. Well, we’re well into January. How’s that working out for you? Still searching for a place where you can use your new wearables? Well if you want to get in shape and have a good time doing it, here are a few black-owned gyms and fitness studios that can help you get fit and fine for the new year*.
Khepera Wellness Group – Washington, D.C.
Khepera Wellness Group gives you yoga with flavor. Sign up for the weekly Trap Yoga (yes, yoga to trap music), do poses to house music and Afrobeats in the Powerhouse class or work on holistic health and wellness in the Black Girl Magic class, (open to everyone willing to uplift the black woman). New students can take advantage of some instant karma with an introductory special of unlimited classes at $35 for two weeks and $65 for one month. Can’t make it to a class, join online for video workouts or live streaming classes.
A Tribe Called Sprinters – Dallas
Crystal Pollard started Dallas’s A Tribe Called Sprinters group. Workouts are sprint focused, but incorporate exercises that develop mobility, strength, power and coordination. Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter how fast or fit you are. The JV program is $75 per month and gives you access to all track workouts, personalized coaching and Facebook and GroupMe pages. Those ready for varsity can purchase monthly track-only packages for $85 or track and strength packages at $135. Don’t get it twisted, you will work hard. Fortunately, there’s always good music and supportive teammates nearby.
Ailey Extension – New York City
You might not make it as a dancer on Broadway, but you can feel like one at the Ailey Extension, which offers real classes for real people. Classes start at $20 individually or five for $87.50. Classes include ballet, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, and West African dance. Kids, teens and adults of all experience levels are welcome. And seniors get a discount.
Hip Hop in Heels – Los Angeles
Slay in a pair of heels and get fit with professional dancer and choreographer Brandee Evans’s Hip Hop in Heels classes. Evans has taught her popular, trademarked classes across the globe, but you can sign up for classes in Los Angeles for $15 online or $20 on-site. Private group, bachelorette and birthday parties and other special event packages are available, too.
KTX Fitness – Atlanta
Fitness trainer and KTX Fitness owner, Keith Thompson’s high-energy approach to cardio has made him a YouTube star. You can join the party for $40 a month and choose from a mix of step, cycle and kickboxing classes. The goal is have to a good time while getting into shape—and it shows.
Infinity Fitness Solutions – Houston
Infinity Fitness Solutions offers customized personal training, whether you want one-on-one attention or group sessions. Staff can create meal plans, offer, too. Hourly sessions range from $20 to $35 depending on the number of participants. Larger groups up to 10 can pay $129 each per month in package that includes three workouts per week and meal plans.
Eb & Flow – Chicago
Eb & flow Yoga Studio offers more than 30 classes, 7days a week, taught by a team of welcoming, highly-trained and registered yoga teachers. The studio offers all-level, heated and non-heated yoga classes in two, accessible yoga styles: Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga (a heated, moving class) and Yin Yoga (a non-heated, gentle, relaxing class). Classes are $17 each, five-class passes for $80 and 10 classes for $140. Community classes are$10 community classes on Friday and Sunday evening.
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*Price ranges are subject to change at discretion of featured studios and gyms.