Usually, fitness guru roundups show instructors with six-pack abs or slender figures who do insane workouts that are unattainable for the average person. This roundup is different, we’ve curated a list of Black fitness instructors who cover a wide range of workout styles and body types. From pole dancing to yoga, we’ve got you covered so that you can get your summer body right.
Rahman “Ray” Grayson
Don’t talk about it, be about it. That’s fitness expert Ray Grayson’s motto. His workout plans cover total body fitness. On his website, you can find healthy nutrition plans, industry expert advice, and intense workout at the home or the gym. Ray has trained some of Hollywood A-Listers, including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. So if you’re looking to have that Hollywood body, Ray is the instructor for you. Whether the goal is to lose weight, gain strength, optimize performance, or improve health, Mr. Shut Up and Train delivers.
If dance parties and a fun time is your ting, then Tiffany Rothe is the fitness instructor for you. Tiffany has a fun and bubbly personality. She’s bi-lingual and narrates workouts in both Spanish and English. Aside from a towel and yoga mat, you don’t need any gear to get fit with Tiffany. Her YouTube channel is filled with 30-minute, full-body workouts that get the heart pumping. Her workouts seem easy while you do them, but you’ll definitely feel the burn in a day or two. Which is great because you can build up the habit before your mind sikes you out.
You can watch tons of free workouts on Tiffany’s Youtube Channel.
If you’re looking for a low-intensity workout, then yoga is what you want, and Jessamyn Stanley is who you need. Jessamyn teaches modern yoga for all bodies and all abilities. She uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. As an internationally recognized yoga teacher and body positivity advocate, Jessamyn is on a mission to encourage celebrating our bodies. In her yoga classes, she encourages students to ask, “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?”.
Jamar “M Town Monsta” Randolph
If you’re into weightlifting, powerlifting or bodybuilding, then Jamar Randolph is who you should follow. Jamar, who also goes by M Town Monsta, offers daily benching tips and secrets on Instagram. You can hire Jamar for online bench coaching and training. Jamar isn’t only about the weights. He encourages his fitness community to remember the basics and maintain their gains using regular pushups, situps, and other at-home exercises.
Roz “The Diva” Maysher
Ready to tap into your inner diva by learning some flirty pole dancing moves? Well, Roz “The Diva” Maysher is the fitness guru for you. Roz starts with movements we all already know how to do and apply them to pole dancing. Her Divas-in-Training program ain’t your average workout. This six-week program combines physical and mental fitness to build a stronger, more badass version of yourself! As a NASM certified trainer, her goal is to help fitness students find the confidence of Beyonce while on the pole.
If you’re looking to transform your body but can’t afford a personal trainer, Kola Olaosebikan of Koboko Fitness is who you need to choose. Kola offers quick, at-home workouts that require no equipment. Her YouTube channel includes awesome full-body workout routines. Her workouts also include modifications and variations to accommodate those at different skill levels. She is a certified personal trainer with a food and health certification from Stanford University. Kola’s programs offer three fitness goals: lose belly fat, sculpt your booty, or feel better.
You can watch free fitness videos on Kola’s YouTube channel.