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13 Fitness Classes That Support Black Lives Matter

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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.