10 L.A.-based, Black-owned fitness businesses with virtual classes

Beatrice J. Doty
Liz Polk, from left, Angela Davis, Courtney Lindberg and Keith Thompson have all amped up online and virtual workouts since the pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times illustration; photographs from Speir Pilates, from left, Aarmy, Courtney Lindberg, KTX Fitness)</span>
Liz Polk, from left, Angela Davis, Courtney Lindberg and Keith Thompson have all amped up online and virtual workouts since the pandemic. (Los Angeles Times illustration; photographs from Speir Pilates, from left, Aarmy, Courtney Lindberg, KTX Fitness)

Former USA Track & Field star Angela Davis led group cycle classes for the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z before she founded Aarmy with former tennis pro Akin Akman. She wanted to expand her reach by owning her own global fitness brand.

Aarmy opened its doors in January with cycling and boot-camp classes offered through a sports training approach. When the pandemic hit soon after and the studio was forced to shut down, it pivoted quickly to offer free online classes on Instagram. Despite the challenge early in her journey as a business owner, Davis said she is not deterred and considers it a privilege to have ownership in the fitness industry.

“I

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