9 Birmingham Black-owned fitness studios that will help you fall in love with fitness

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These rope pulls are no joke! (Stille Academy / Instagram)

Wanting to get strong and join a community of fitness-loving folks? Check out these nine Black-owned fitness studios in the Birmingham area to get your sweat on and enjoy your workout.

1. Zany Fit | Woodlawn

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We love the unique look of William Lewis’ former gym, but they’ve recently made the move to Woodlawn. (Zany Fit / Facebook)

Zany Fit was inspired by William Lewis’ fitness journey. For people of all ages and abilities, Lewis hosts training programs that make fitness fun. From personal training to group exercise and athletic training, there are programs for everyone.

In addition, Lewis also hosts weekly MACRO meetings, which teach gym-goers how to properly track their macros and meal prep.

2. Champion Status Training

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Head Trainer, “Mo”, means business. (Champion Status Training / Instagram)

While Champion Status Training doesn’t have a facility, they make the world the perfect workout space. Owner and head trainer, Monique, uses agility/strength training sessions as well as HIIT training to achieve her client’s goals. These programs are designed for women of all ages and are offered online as well as in person.

With a background in sports, specifically basketball, Mo works to combine athleticism for current and former athletes through targeted workouts, maintenance programs and nutrition plans.

3. Stille Academy | Pelham

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Keeping the morale high at Stille Academy with theme workouts. (Stille Academy / Facebook)

Get ready to meet your next gym obsession. Stille Academy takes you to the next level through three different classes: All Pro Class, Rookie Class (for ages 10-12) and Speed and Agility Class. Founded by Simeon Castille, former University of Alabama football star and NFL player, this spot brings athletic training to all—not just athletes.

Want to try it out for yourself? Head to their website to try a free class today!

4. PYT Studio

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Put in a good workout and have fun with PYT Studio. (PYT Studio / Instagram)

PYT Studio is Alabama’s oldest pole studio and lets you have a good time while you put in work—because who said fitness couldn’t be fun?

This Black-owned fitness studio combines traditional pole dancing, good music and twerk classes in their brand new Southside location. Plus, if you’re hosting an upcoming event, PYT hosts private parties for you and your friends to learn the ropes of pole dancing.

5. Torque Performance Training

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Havin’ fun and gettin’ it done at Torque Performance Training. (Torque Performance Training / Instagram)

Known as the toughest family-friendly gym, Torque combines functional training with a community feel.

Started in 2017 by former NFL player Lewis Sanders, Torque makes fitness a lifestyle through classes and open gym hours. Ready to join the Torque family? Head to their website to see which plan fits your lifestyle.


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Relax your mind and body with a yoga class. (THEBLKYOGI Tribe / Instagram)

Yogi Adi Devta Kaur is highly skilled in her practice and loves bringing the concept of yoga, reiki and meditation to the Birmingham area.

She hosts weekly classes at PK Fitness where you’ll get to meet other members in the community—no yoga mat or previous experience required. Plus, help them raise money to open their own studio by donating here.

7. Get Bored Get Fit

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How fun does this look? (Get Bored Get Fit / Instagram)

Everyone has a different idea of how to beat boredom, but Coach Mario Gates chooses to get fit! This concept is what drove him to create this gym that’s focused on making fitness fun. This gym exists for people of all ages and teaches tumbling, gymnastics, strength & conditioning and dance acrobatics.

Book a private lesson or take a group class to experience the community feel that this gym has.

8. Grind and Hoop Factory

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Sports are a great way to get active. (Grind and Hoop Factory)

If you’re looking to shoot some hoops, this is the place to do it. Owned by Kimani Key and Chelsee Black, this gym teaches kids about basketball through a positive environment.

By getting a membership, renting a court or renting for an event, you can host your games, practices and events in the gym. If you’re looking for an indoor spot for you and your friends to play, consider their day pass.

9. Q6 Fight

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Get strong and get fit with Q6 Fight. (Q6 Fight / Instagram)

If you want to try a different type of fitness regime, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and US Boxing is a great way to get strong.

Not only are the classes impactful, but there are significant mental effects. Q6 provides positive role models in a positive atmosphere to make workouts you look forward to. Dwight Smith (AKA “Q6”) has over 20 years of physical fitness experience to equip him to train others.

Be sure to check out their socials to learn more about what they do.

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Olivia Moses
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