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30 Charitable Fitness Classes to Book That Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Rachel Lapidos

Rachel LapidosJune 3, 2020

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As people across the country join together in the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s clear that the fight for racial justice is the responsibility of all. To start taking action, people can show their support by joining protests (or supporting protests in other ways), signal boosting on social media to spread helpful messages, and, if you’re white, by consuming media that educates how to become a better ally. Now, another option is to book one of the many fitness classes that support Black organizations.

Giving donations to organizations that fight to eradicate racism is one major way to put your money where your mouth is and to effect real change. If you’re looking for a way to financially contribute, many workout studios are committing to help by donating proceeds from charitable fitness classes to key organizations within the Black Lives Matter movement. Keep scrolling for the studios that are participating so that you can book one this week.

Fitness classes that support the Black Lives Matter movement

1. SOLIDCORE

The studio known for its souped-up Pilates workout will be offering multiple charitable classes this week, and is committing to donate all of its proceeds to the Black Visions Collective, Know Your Rights Camp, and the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

2. LOVE YOGA

Los Angeles-based yoga studio, which has been teaching Zoom yoga classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, is hosting a donation-based class this Thursday and Saturday. Donations will be going to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and the George Floyd memorial fund.

3. SWERVE

Cycling studio Swerve is donating 100 percent of its proceeds from live classes this week—through Sunday—to Color of Change, an organization that fights for racial justice. Both on-bike and bodyweight workouts are offered, and all cost $10.

4. Y7

Y7, a hip hop yoga studio, is going to be hosting fundraiser classes, and will match all of the proceeds raised for organizations chosen by its instructors. The yoga space has also donated funds to Black Visions Collective, Color of Change, and national bail funds in support of racial equality and injustice.

5. RUMBLE

The boxing, strength training, and running studio announced its commitment to the fight for racial justice, and will be holding a marathon of charity classes this Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every dollar will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

6. BODY & POLE

On Saturday, the aerial dance studio Body and Pole will have a community class at 2 p.m., and all of the money raised will go towards Black Visions Collective.

7. PURE BARRE

The national barre studio has a charity fitness class scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. on Instagram Live, and will be matching donations to Color of Change.

8. PHYSIQUE 57

Physique 57, another barre-focused workout studio, is donating all of the proceeds from today’s Instagram Live classes towards the Black Lives Matter movement.

9. DANCEBODY

All of the proceeds from classes hosted by dance studio DanceBody—one on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and one on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.—will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

10. BODY BY SIMONE

For the entire month of June, Body by Simone—the sculpting workout founded by Simone de la Rue—will donate 20 percent of its earnings from class sales to the NAACP.

11. OVERTHROW NEW YORK

Overthrow, a boxing studio in NYC, is donating 100 percent of its proceeds from Instagram Live classes on Tuesday to the Brooklyn Bail Fund.

12. Afterglow by AJ

Fitness trainer Amanda Jane Jenny, who has taught at SLT in NYC, is donating all of her proceeds from her Afterglow classes this week to Reclaim the Block. Classes are taking place on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

13. THE NESS

Sculpting studio The Ness is donating proceeds from its four-week reset program, which begins on June 8, to Black Lives Matter. It will be offering both of its signature bounce and sculpt classes.

14. SWEAT WITH BEC

Trainer Bec Donlan, whose signature sculpting classes incorporate resistance bands, is hosting a number of charity classes this week. After teaching one on Monday, she’ll have a class on Thursday at 12 p.m.—100 percent of proceeds will go to NAACP—and Saturday at 11 a.m., with all of the proceeds sent to bail funds nationwide.

15. FITHOUSE

New York City-based fitness studio Fithouse, which has been offering on-demand classes of all different types, is matching the total number of attendees to its June 5th fitness classes and donating that amount to the Equal Justice Initiative.

16. GRITCYCLE

GritCycle, a spinning studio based in California, is hosting a live Karma Ride on Saturday, June 6, and all proceeds will be donated to GoFundMe accounts.

17. HIPFIT

If you attend the dance cardio fitness studio’s streamed classes this Wednesday or Thursday, all proceeds will be sent to Color of Change and Campaign Zero for racial justice.

18. ROWGATTA

The rowing fitness studio Rowgatta is donating 100 percent of proceeds from this week’s classes to NAACP.

19. STUDIO CYBRID

Between June 1 and June 7, proceeds from Studio Cybrid classes—which are a mix of cycling, strength training, and barre—will go towards the George Floyd memorial fund.

20. STUDIO THREE

The HIIT and yoga studio based out of Chicago is donating proceeds from select classes this week to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Educational Fund and the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

21. THE SPACE BETWEEN

Classes held between June 1 and June 7 by The Space Between, a yoga studio in Chicago, will have all proceeds donated to Black Lives Matter related organizations.

22. TRAINING LAB

On Thursday, Training Lab will be holding a virtual fitness class in which all proceeds will be sent to the Black Lives Matter organization.

23. UFORIA STUDIOS

Select classes being held this week by Uforia Studios will have 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Campaign Zero.

24. BARRY’S

The international fitness studio known for its running and strength training-based boot camps has announced that 100 percent of all proceeds from classes taking place this weekend will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Check the website to book.

25. SLT

Throughout the entire month of June, a portion of the proceeds from SLT at-home classes will be donated directly to NAACP and GLSEN.

26. AARMY

The boot camp workout studio co-owned by star trainers Akin Akman and Angela Davis is hosting a marathon of fitness classes on June 5, and will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Equal Justice Initiative.

27. SWEAT 4 SOMETHING

Fitness studio Studio Metamorphosis has teamed up with Sweat 4 Something, an organization that collaborates with fitness studios for charity classes, to raise money for Color of Change. Trainer Melissa Uehara will be leading a 30-minute full-body workout on Zoom on June 9. Going forward, Sweat 4 Something will host at least one class per month that donates to Color of Change.

28. CONBODY

Conbody, a workout studio that hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes, is hosting a virtual core class on June 9 and will be donating all proceeds to the Black Visions Collective. The studio has already raised over 10 thousand dollars in support of the organization.

29. F45

The circuit training fitness studio is hosting three online charity classes on Saturday, June 6, and all of the proceeds will be donated to Color of Change and Campaign Zero.

30. FHITTING ROOM

The HIIT studio based in NYC is hosting an hour-long virtual Strength Against Racism class on June 19 at 8:00 a.m. EST. Proceeds will be donated to Harlem Academy, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Black Lives Matter. The studio will match all of the funds raised.

There are more studios with plans to host charitable fitness classes to end racial injustice. We’ll be updating this list as we learn about the specifics.

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