Updated: Feb 14
Happy Black History Month! Black History Month celebrates the achievements of Black Americans and recognizes the role they had in shaping American history. In honor of Black History Month, we will be celebrating and spotlighting the incredible Black-Owned Fitness Studios, Businesses, & Trainers that partner with CHI-SOCIETY who have shaped and transformed the Chicago Fitness Industry! Take the opportunity to support & spread the love not just this month, but all year round!
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What is Black History Month?
PBlack History Month is an annual celebration that celebrates the achievements of Black Americans and recognizes the role they had in shaping American history. In 1915, in response to the absence of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Eventually, in 1926, the group declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week”. The week-long event officially became Black History Month in 1976 when U.S. President Gerald Ford extended the recognition to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Chicago Black-Owned Fitness Studios, Businesses, & Trainers
Location: Humbolt Park [3258 W North Ave]
About: A private fitness studio where training is specific for the individual. Fitness has plenty of obstacles to overcome, the Coaches here at GetFit1st are ready to assist you in your fitness journey. They believe that this is a lifestyle change and not just a fitness goal. At GetFit1st, they believe that it takes a combination of patience opposed to intolerance, this is something you want to reach and last a lifetime.
What’s Offered?: Private Training, Semi-Private Training, Self-Defense, & Youth Performance
Click here to learn more about Owner Julian Collins: https://www.chi-society.com/team/jc
Renewed Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Location: West Loop [125 N Halsted St]
About: Everything Renewed Body does is designed to help you find solutions to your health challenges. They believe in creating health that lasts a lifetime. The way they can help you find solutions for your health challenges is by providing holistic chiropractic care & teaching rehab exercises that are easy to learn and maintain. Together these decrease your pain and improve your quality of life.
What’s Offered?: Chiropractic Adjustments, Customized Corrective Exercises, & Lifestyle Counseling
Location: River North [102 W Chicago Ave]
About: ONYX offers innovative, game-changing Reformer Pilates digitally and at their River North studio. ONYX believes that holistic wellness starts with movement. Whether mental or physical, movement plays a front-and-center role in transformation and long-term health. They inspire their member's transformation through everyday movement.
What’s Offered?: 3 Reformer Pilates Classes IRL & Digitally
PXM Fitness Center
Location: Andersonville/Edgewater [5757 N Ridge Ave]
About: PXM believes in constant physical and mental growth. Their goal is to help clients to understand their connection with fitness. Class programming includes strength training followed by a workout programmed for the specific day. Every body is unique — PXM will help find something that works for YOU.
What’s Offered?: CrossFit classes, Olympic Lifting, Personal Training, Yoga classes
Location: River North [215 W Ohio St]
About: Urban Grind is your source to provide a consistent support system for personal growth through mental and physical challenges. Classes spanning from yoga to cardio to strength, this holistic fitness center helps clients bridge the gap between their mental and physical being.
What’s Offered?: UG Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Nutrition, Community Workshops & Programs, AND MORE!
1000 Watts Sports
Location: Chicago, IL
About: 1000 Watts Sports is a sports programming company for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. We focus on the seven major team sports: football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and hockey. Founded by Brandon Watts.
What’s Offered?: Sports programming for boys and girls pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
Click here to learn more about Owner Brandon Watts: https://www.chi-society.com/team/brandon
Liu is excited to bring his enthusiasm, experience, and passion to the CHI-SOCIETY community. From experiences playing sports like football, basketball, and track as a kid and in college, he learned that the fire of competition is one he always wants to stay near. This idea helped to shape his philosophy as a fitness professional: Train with purpose, focus, passion, and most of all, have fun and always train like the athlete you are.
With over 18 years in the industry, Liu has had the honor of being a Nike Trainer and a contributor to publications like Men's Journal, Muscle & Fitness, and Muscle & Fitness Hers. But, the greatest accomplishment will always be the connection he gets to have with his athletes.
Liu knows that the destination is important but it’s the journey that changes lives. He believes that there’s never any reason to give less than your best: you can always expect his best and he will be expecting yours. For him the choices are simple: be better or be basic. If better is your choice, Liu will get you there!
Click here to learn more about Liu: https://www.chi-society.com/team/liu
Follow Liu: @liugross39
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