With COVID-19 creating a new normal, Boston residents have been presented with unique ways of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, one of those being a fitness class led by TRILLFIT alongside Carson Beach in South Boston.
TRILLFIT, a Black women-owned boutique fitness studio located in Mission Hill that is dedicated to creating an inclusive and diverse community, has developed new class options to adjust to this unprecedented time. The many options available include Zoom fitness classes and outdoor workout classes where one can social distance.
The view of the clear water alongside a killer workout playlist was accompanied with a fun dance intensive cardio class. Monica Wright was the main instructor for this particular workout on Sept. 19. With many outdoor spaces being used by TRILLFIT, the Carson Beach location was spacious and overlooked the boardwalk.
The check-in process was made simple by scanning a QR code that brought you to sign a virtual waiver. From there, participants were given their own area to social distance. Each person was given a lot of space to workout in without being too close to one another.
The class was motivating and the dances primarily focused emphasis on full body movements. In between jumping jacks and squats there were core engaged lunges and side shuffles. The playlist was the favorite part as it incorporated popular songs in the hip-hip genre and kept you going as the workout progressed. The playlist included Lil Wayne’s pump-up music and Cardi B’s rendition of Spanish and modern day hip-hop.
“You will definitely feel this tomorrow,” said Wright during the class about the heart-pumping workouts.
The separate sequences were fast-paced, but instructed very well. As far as the class environment, everyone was friendly and focused on releasing into the workout.
Regular class-goers expressed their love for the sense of community and unique playlists that kept them on track during the workout. The class attendees loved the instructors and their desire to maintain a positive class surrounding. They felt as though the options TRILLFIT provides during this time was an effective way to adjust.
“I like the option to be outside and be kind of next to each other working out, but I like the Zoom ones too,” said one of the workout regulars who didn’t want to give her name.
As a result, they are happily willing to pay for the digital memberships with a starting rate of $40 a month and they are glad about the free offerings throughout the city.
Aside from the great workout options given through TRILLFIT, the company’s mission statement and core values are rooted in the current events that are occurring across the country. From the emphasis on inclusion and their “everyone belongs” motto, the workout studio incorporates a sense of acceptance amongst all groups and prides itself on an anti-racist and anti-homophobic space.
Recently featured in The Boston Globe, TRILLFIT stands strong in working to diversify the fitness industry in communities of color. Heather White, the owner of TRILLFIT, describes her efforts to make a change in the industry while promoting the stark differences in compromised health risks for Black Americans. White told The Globe “Racism is a public health crisis, and industries focused on wellness and healing need to stand up. Our lives depend on it.” All the efforts provided show the strong values they choose to incorporate within their brand image and what they stand by.
TRILLFIT, as a brand, places a firm emphasis on access to fitness options in communities of color. The company works with local nonprofits, such as Jeremiah Program, Sociedad Latina and more, to help a wider range of youth and their families have access to more resources that can help them make healthy decisions.
According to TRILLFIT’s website, each year the company invests in the training and development of leadership skills to at least 20 instructors of color.
The fitness studio also donates 3% of its profits to local organizations that support health issues related to Black Americans.
Boston residents who are interested in inclusive fitness would enjoy this class filled with motivational music and powerful instruction.
Certain TRILLFIT outdoor classes are a part of the Boston HarborFit program, which provides free classes along waterfronts throughout the city. Grab a friend and enjoy a beneficial class to start the week strong or end the week with a bang. Most would confirm you will feel it the next day, as promised!