March 4, 2021

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22 Black Trainers To Sweat With, Support During Black History Month

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Black History Month, which is February BTW, is a monthlong celebration to honor the legacies of Black leaders, thinkers, and trailblazers who’ve made an impact in their communities and beyond. This past year has brought the pain Black Americans have endured for generations and the very real health disparities to the forefront.

Still, there’s an abundance of joy, talent, and culture to highlight throughout February and continuing every single day of the year. That’s especially true in the fitness industry and skyrocketing streaming workout space. It’s the perfect jumping-off point to support Black women in fitness, by sweating it out with them. If all of the trainers and studios in your virtual workouts look the same these days, well, you’re missing out on valuable perspective, inspiring personalities, and some sweet new moves. It is high time to diversity your fitness habits all around.

Whether you feel like you’re stuck in a blah quarantine workout routine or hoping to level up your already fire sweat sessions, there are #WHstrong Black women fitness pros ready to make you work. From 10-minute quickie abs moves with a Pilates pro like Kehinde Anjorin to heart-pumping dance parties in your living room with twerking expert Simone Sobers and Soca phenom Selena Watkins to beyond motivating high-intensity intervals with AARMY’s Angela Davis, the options are ah-mazing. Here are 22 incredible Black trainers and fitness entrepreneurs to work out with during Black History Month and beyond.

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1

Simone Sobers

Simone Sobers, founder of The Boss Chick Dance Workout and longtime pro dancer, will get you up, dancing, and hyped with her twerk-outs and infectious energy. Her signature Boss Chick Dance Workout (streaming online and in studios) combines Sobers’ passion for dance and fitness, with twerking as the focus.

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2

Selena Watkins

Selena Watkins, founder of Socanomics, leads booty shaking, uplifting dance classes that truly celebrate life with Soca music. She’s also a movement coach and pro dancer, which is clear to see within a quick eight count.

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3

Shelly Murdock

Shelly Murdock, owner of Miami-based Exotic Workout Studios and former exotic dancer, recently created the Fit 2 Flaunt app that teaches pole dancing virtually. Make like J.Lo training for Hustlers from the comfort of your living room. (Yes, you can order your very own portable pole from Murdock, too.)

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4

Abiola Akanni

Abiola Akanni is a Seattle-based yoga teacher who offers courses with practice modules and self-study guides to help BIPOC communities overcome ethnic and race-based stress. In addition to yoga practice, she teaches sustainable and healing wellness rituals. Plus, she has specialized yoga courses honoring marginalized communities with IYA.

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5

Kehinde Anjorin

Kehinde Anjorin, CFSC, NCSF, is a personal trainer in NYC who streams workouts on Instagram (@PowerinMovement and @womenshealthmag). Her newly-launched The PowerMethod App has four- to six-week programs and classes focused on strength, building lean muscle mass, and endurance.

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6

Latonya Style

Latonya Style teaches energetic Caribbean dance hall classes inspired by her Jamaican heritage in studio and live on Instagram. She’s been a dance pro for more than two decades and has traveled around the world teaching her moves.

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7

Trudie German

Trudie German, a health and fitness coach with Body Envy, focuses on strength and fat loss for women over 40. Her Get Fit With Trudie programs are all about making fitness a lifestyle, training smarter and eating right.

Train with German

8

Camai Brandenberg

Camai Brandenberg, a certified Pilates and yoga instructor, has a four-week #embodybabe Program. Her Pilates core workouts are total burners and many are bodyweight only, with no equipment required.

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9

Ariel Belgrave

Ariel Belgrave is the creator of The L.E.A.N. Method, a 28-day fitness and nutrition program. She transitioned from her tech career to training full time in 2020. Her M.O. l is to “help busy women take action on their health & wellness goals.”

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10

Melissa Alcantara

Melissa Alcantara (@FitGurlMel on Instagram) is a celebrity fitness trainer who’s worked with Kim Kardashian and many others. She offers various workout programs that you can book online and through her app. Alcantara serves up seriously motivating before/after photos of her own fitness journey, too.

Alcantara wrote Fit Gurl: The Total Body Turnaround Program.

Train with Mel

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Angela Davis

Angela Davis cofounded AARMY, which treats clients like athletes in bootcamp classes, cycling, weightlifting, and stretching programs. AARMY classes, previously only in Los Angeles and New York City studios, are now streaming live.

Find an On-Demand Class

12

Harlem Cycle

Switch up your SoulCycle and Peloton routines and take a spin with Harlem-based Harlem Cycle. The studio offers a jam-packed schedule of spinning and sculpt fitness classes (no bike required) online.

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13

Trillfit

This Black-owned and woman-owned fitness business transforms your workouts into a hip hop party with dance and sculpt classes. Trillfit has group and private training sessions, at-home programming, and a membership at the digital studio.

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14

Boombox Boxing

Boombox Boxing boasts a heart-pumping, fat-blasting workout with a one-two punch of cardio boxing and strength training. Everyone is welcome; the founders Reggie and Angela created it to share the health benefits of boxing with all fitness levels and backgrounds.

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15

Janeil Mason

Janeil Mason’s Fit and Lit started with outdoor fitness classes in New York City and now offers regular streamed sessions on Neou Fitness. All the workouts combine elements of dance cardio, high intensity interval training, and stretching for a balanced at-home sweat sesh.

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16

Alicia “Ace” Easter

Alicia Easter, a.k.a. Ace, calls Los Angeles home and offers yoga for the whole fam with donation based classes locally and online through Ace Yoga. She also teaches meditation and has created in-depth workshops.

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17

Mary O

Mary O is a digital fitness trainer with Equinox, Life Fitness, and more who was born in Kenya and raised in Riverdale, NY. She leads boxing, strength, core, and agility live streaming classes on Instagram on the reg with a focus on inner and physical strength, which she clearly knows all about.

Sweat with Mary O

18

Drea Rawal

Drea Rawal, NASM-CPT, USATF, founded Project Snatched to help clients find the best version of themselves. After a personal consultation and fitness assessment, she creates a program and timeline to reach your desired results. Rawal takes a holistic approach to nutrition, self-esteem coaching, and personalized training regimens.

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19

Michelle Marques

Michelle Marques, ACE CPT, is a fierce advocate for mental wellness and kicking butt in the weight room. Follow her on her lifting journey, caring for her mental health, and much more on Instagram at @michellemar.ques or reach out for a private training sesh with her at Soho Strength Lab.

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20

Brittany Watts

Brittany Watts, a NASM CPT, incorporates her background in pre/post-natal training, nutrition, and MMA conditioning in one-on-one sessions. She’s a trainer at Performix House, where the motto is “train like an athlete and recover like a professional.”

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21

Danyele Wilson

Danyele Wilson, CPT, wants you to “go be great today.” Her easy-to-follow Instagram workout routines make that a breeze. Wilson also cofounded the Tone & Sculpt App, which features fitness plans and challenges suitable for all abilities.

Try Tone and Sculpt

22

Massy Arias

Massy Arias, CPT, is one strong mama who’s all about inspiring a new generation of trainers and encouraging clients to live their best lives. Her MA Elevate Program brings together affirmations, yoga flow, journaling, and strength training.

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