How TrillFit Is Bringing Diversity and Culture to Boutique Fitness

Frankly, it’s easy to say over and over again how important it is to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle. It’s not easy and rather uncomfortable for some to address the lack of black female representation in fitness. Have we thoroughly dived into how overwhelmingly isolating it feels to walk into a boutique fitness class and see no one else in the room who looks remotely like you? Have we delved into the key factors that could be contributing to the fact that four out of five black women are obese, overweight, or lacking in physical fitness, which, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is by far the highest percentage of any group in the U.S.?

A lot of circumstances could be perpetuating this glaring disparity within the community of women of color. However, the isolating divide of being the only curvy woman of color in your fitness class is real when everyone around you is thin and looks the same. What is unfortunately true is that fitness classes can feel uninviting, elitist, and exclusive. As a woman of color living in New York, which is considered to be one of the most diverse cities in America, I’ve felt out of place more times than I can count in my fitness classes.

This is why TrillFit is so important. Founder and fitness enthusiast Heather White was tired of attending boutique fitness classes in Boston and feeling like she didn’t belong. So in 2016, she created TrillFit, a fitness studio that brings hip-hop, culture, and inclusivity to fitness. Think of it as a hip-hop workout party equipped with a live DJ for every class, lots of twerking, high-intensity workouts, and fun choreography. TrillFit has grown into a safe fitness space that celebrates people of color of all shapes, sizes, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It’s what the fitness world needs more of and is hopefully the first of many of its kind. We spoke to White to learn more about how TrillFit is leading the charge.