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

Want to get strong and join a community of fitness enthusiasts? Check out these nine black-owned fitness studios in the Birmingham area to sweat up and enjoy your workout.

1. Goofy cut | wooded lawn

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We love the unique look of William Lewis’ former gym, but they recently moved to Woodlawn. (ZanyFit / Facebook)

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

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

2. Training for champion status

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

Although Champion Status Training has no facility, they make the world the perfect training space. Owner and head trainer, Monique, uses agility/strength training sessions as well as HIIT workouts to achieve her clients’ 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 strives to combine athleticism for current and former athletes through targeted workouts, maintenance programs, and nutrition plans.

3. Stille Academy | Pelham

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Keep your spirits up at Stille Academy with thematic training. (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 10-12 year olds) and Speed ​​and Agility Class. Founded by former University of Alabama football star and NFL player Simeon Castille, this place offers athletic training for everyone, not just athletes.

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

4. StudioPYT

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

PYT Studio is Alabama’s oldest pole studio and lets you have a good time while you work out, because who said fitness can’t be fun?

This black-owned fitness studio combines traditional pole dancing lessons, great music and twerking 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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Have fun and do it at Torque Performance Training. (Couple performance training / Instagram)

Recognized as the toughest family gym, Torque combines functional training with a community feel.

Launched 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? Visit 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 enjoys bringing the concept of yoga, reiki and meditation to the Birmingham area.

She hosts weekly classes at PK Fitness where you can meet other members of the community, with no yoga mats or prior experience required. Plus, help them raise money to open their own studio by donating here.

7. Get bored in shape

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How fun does that look? (Bored Fit / Instagram)

Everyone has a different idea of ​​how to beat boredom, but Coach Mario Gates chooses to get fit! It was this concept that prompted him to create this gym that aims to make fitness fun. This gym exists for people of all ages and teaches tumbling, gymnastics, strength and conditioning, and acrobatic dance.

Book a private lesson or take a group class to experience the community vibe of this gym.

8. Grinding and hoop plant

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Sport is a great way to be 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 basketball in a positive environment.

By getting a subscription, renting a court or renting for an event, you can organize your matches, trainings and events in the gymnasium. If you’re looking for an indoor place for you and your friends, consider their day pass.

9. Fight Q6

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

If you want to try a different type of fitness regimen, kickboxing, muay thai, and boxing are great ways to get strong.

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

Be sure to check out their social media to learn more about what they’re up to.

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