Personal Wellness

Celebrating Black-Owned And -Founded Gyms, Studios, & Apps

Feb 1, 2021
Last Updated Jun 1, 2023

Trust us,you’ll want to book a class or session ASAP!

To celebrate Black History Month, we want to highlight the new and the long-standing Black-owned and -founded gyms, studios, and apps in the Gympass network. 

In the pursuit of wellbeing and fitness for all, we want to shine a light on these businesses and help Gympass members everywhere find new experiences to love. 

Learn more about these partners, their missions, and the value they can bring to your wellbeing journey here.

(Photo credit: Jambox Fitness Lounge)

Jambox Fitness Lounge (Dallas, Addison, and Frisco, Texas)

Open to the public with some restrictions. 

JamBox Fitness Loungeis a boutique group fitness studio with three locations throughout North Texas. It opened over five years ago as a fitness space for women that doesn’t look or feel like a typical gym. What you can expect is to be surrounded by custom lights, video screens, chandeliers, and more as you dance, sculpt, and tone. It’s a fun way to get in a good workout!

JamBox Fitness Lounge is open at all three locations and is also offering live-streamed classes (Gympass members can book classes through our app). Learn more on the JamBox Fitness Loungesite.

(Logo credit: Sworkit)

Sworkit (a fitness app) 

Sworkitis a fitness app that gives you the freedom to work out on your own time with workout plans based on your goals and lifestyle. Other resources include easy-to-understand video demonstrations of exercises, guidance from certified trainers, and more. The app has delivered millions of workouts to people of all fitness levels.

The Sworkit team is passionate about keeping kids healthy and active, which is why the Sworkit Youth Initiativewas created. It focuses on building fitness technology and programs for kids by teaming up with schools and youth organizations to offer fitness resources, wellness resources, and education at no cost.

In response to the pandemic, Sworkit introduced a Sworkit Live player that allows trainers and influencers to lead a workout remotely. Trainers can switch between showing the usual format of the workout and demonstrating the exercises themselves to help people with their form and help them avoid injuries. Learn more on the Sworkit site.

(Photo credit: Harlem Cycle)

Harlem Cycle (New York, New York)

Open for virtual and outdoor classes. The studio is temporarily closed.

Harlem Cycleopened in 2016 with a focus on indoor cycling and strength-based workouts. Due to COVID-19, the studio is temporarily closed. Instead, the team is offering both on-demand and live-streamed mat-based workouts in addition to “Harlem Cycle TV”, which offers subscribers new workouts, recipes, and motivation monthly. 

Harlem Cycle has also pivoted to highlight more wellness options. The studio has partnered with influencers, experts, and restaurants in New York’s Harlem neighborhood to offer resources and classes such as yoga sessions and cooking demos on the Harlem Cycle Instagram account. 

Learn more about and register for Harlem Cycle’s livestream cycling, strength, core, sculpt, and circuit classes on theirschedule page.

(Photo credit: NC Dance District)

NC Dance District (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Open to the public with some restrictions.

NC Dance Districtoffers daily classes, private individual and group lessons, and dance training for beginners, professional dancers, and everyone in between. Each class is full of energy and personality. It is a welcoming space for dancers of all levels! Every class stands out as it’s customized to each choreographer’s dance training and personalized style.

NC Dance District does more than offer dance classes and training studio dancers have the opportunity to participate in a seasonal performance called Project: FULL OUT, an 8-week training program that ends with a hip-hop theater show.

Learn more about which classes are coming up on their Instagram pageand register!

(Photo credit: Daybreak Yoga)

Daybreak Yoga (Bedford, Ohio)

Open to the public with some restrictions.

Opened in 2018, Daybreak Yogaoffers a variety of yoga classes and workshops. Dawn M. Rivers, the owner, launched her business as not only a yoga studio, but a safe space for all. Outside of her usual classes, Dawn also runs a mentorship program which offers her advice as a business owner told through the principles of yoga. 

Daybreak Yoga is open for in-person and online studio classes, which you can learn more about and book on the Daybreak Yoga site.

(Photo credit: WRKNYC)

WRKNYC (New York, New York)

Open for live virtual classes and outdoor classes.

WRKNYC specializes in small group training and personal training with a program focused on cardio, resistance training, and mobility. The gym is dedicated to providing quality fitness resources to its community and people of all ages. Since first opening, WRKNYC has expanded its programs to include a running club, kids’ interval training, and after-school programs. 

After WRKNYC closed due to COVID-19, the gym began offering free live-streamed “WRKouts” via Instagram Liveand Zoom as a way to give back to the community and to “provide a level of normalcy.” WRKNYC is also offering outdoor classes, small group training (in person and virtual), personal training, and a running team! You can check out more of the gym’s in-person and virtual workout options and book a slot on their site.


This Black History Month, and every month, we celebrate the people, gyms, studios, and apps that make the Gympass network a place to fuel every wellbeing journey. We can’t wait to hear which ones you check out.  

This list will be updated as we continue to connect with gyms, studios, and fitness and wellness companies both in and outside of our network and learn about the best ways to support them.


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