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.

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Shop these black-owned fitness brands

Beatrice J. Doty

Superior and stylish exercise apparel brings out the inner champion for any fitness enthusiast. Not to mention, there’s nothing like original designs and cultural prints that make you stand out from a crowd donning the same pair of navy leggings. Not available in big-name stores, these black-owned fitness brands have made a name for themselves by providing seasonal looks that accompany a poignant message.

Whether that be inclusivity size-wise or prints native to their roots, adding these pieces to your closet is a great way to support artists of color while turning heads at the same time. Scroll on to discover some of the best up-and-coming labels catering to diverse audiences and snag something for your next hiking trip to bike ride before sizes sell out.

An African-inspired athleisure brand, Sankofa Athletics make all their products in the United States and feature both men’s and women’s styles.

Ranging in sizes

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