June marks Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and a reminder of the importance of visibility, representation, and more.
For Pride, we’re highlighting gyms and studios raising awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ rights and issues through workout classes and other initiatives. Check out what they’re offering below.
NYC studio Rowgatta, which offers HILIT (high-intensity, low-impact training) bootcamp classes (with a focus on rowing when the team’s in the studio) is hosting a virtual Pride Workout on June 27. All proceeds will go to The OUT Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the LGBTQ+ community overcome obstacles to access health, fitness, and wellness. Like many of Rowgatta’s other virtual classes, this workout will feature only bodyweight exercises so anyone can participate even if they don’t have a rower. Registration is free, but Rowgatta has included suggested donation amounts during the sign-up process. You can also book this Pride Workout on Gympass (but be sure to check out the donation page, too!).
Get all the details from Rowgatta.
Just Like Om
Just Like Om, a yoga and Pilates studio in New York that also offers wellness resources, has been using its platform to support the LGTBQ+ community as well as fight racial injustice. The team is hosting daily Instagram Live workouts that are donation-based classes. Participants can donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Human Rights Campaign via the link in Just Like Om’s Instagram bio.
Get all the details from Just Like Om.
Fitness boxing studio Shadowbox is raising money for LGBTQ+ youth for Pride. You can “punch with pride (virtually)” with donation-based classes this week (June 21-27) on Instagram Live. Participants can use the link in Shadowbox’s Instagram bio to donate to The Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit with a mission to help LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, and The Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth.
Get all the details from Shadowbox.
[solidcore], known for its HILIT combination of Pilates and resistance training, is celebrating Pride by adding “visibility classes” to its studio and at-home class schedules. These classes will raise funds and awareness for organizations working at the intersection of LGBTQ+ rights and equality for the Black community, including The Okra Project, the Center for Black Equity, and the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network. You can book “visibility classes” on the studio’s site or on Gympass.
Get all the details from [solidcore].
Zyn22, a Texas-based spin and HIIT studio, is hosting Pride Rides both virtually and at their studios. The Uptown studio will host one on June 24 and the Fort Worth studio will host one on June 28. Zyn22 has also provided a virtual Pride Ride you can access anytime using ZYNSTREAM, which hosts their streamed classes via Vimeo. In addition to the Pride Rides, the studio is encouraging people to donate to The Trevor Project as well as BCDI (Black Child Development Institute) of Dallas/Fort Worth Metro.
Get all the details from Zyn22.
We’ll continue adding to this list with more opportunities so stay tuned!