Detroit is known for many things: cars, music and food. But, Detroit has more to offer than meets the eye. Over the last few years, Detroit has taken health and wellness to a new level. Fitness studios are popping up left and right, and it seems that Detroiters are dedicated to taking care of the most important thing: their body.
Here at BLAC we are always looking to spotlight trailblazers, innovators and, most importantly, industry leaders. We have noted five Detroit fitness industry leaders you should look out for the next time you are looking for a good workout.
Desi Johnson is a trainer for the people, and certified by the National Association of Sports Medicine. His goal as a personal trainer is to combine his life knowledge of working in a demanding corporate environment with his love of health and fitness. He designs unique workout plans designed with the working professional in mind. Clients can join virtually or in person. He offers in-person and virtual “fit camp” classes, individual training sessions, and group fitness classes. To incorporate his business life, he created a corporate wellness program and began his Principles of White Collar Fitness.
Amina Daniels created Live Cycle Delight in 2017 with the three pillars of fitness: train, sweat and restore. Through the balance of mind, body and spirit, Daniels and her team teach that we can become disciplined athletes through harnessing the power inside of ourselves. Her fearless coaching method pushes her students to success. Live Cyle Delight is split between two studios. They offer group fitness classes, total body resistance exercise (TRX), core strength training, indoor and outdoor cycling, pilates, hot and restorative yoga. You can also access them on the Mindbody app today!
Armond Rashad always had the goal of making Detroit healthier. Growing up playing football, he wasn’t ready to let go of his fitness life after college football. That drive led him to become a managing partner of Jabs Gym in Eastern Market, and the Run This Town fitness program. Jabs Gym is led by real boxers and elite athletes. They offer boxing, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weight lifting, boot camps, yoga and more!
Joe Robinson and Lance Woods from WeRun313 began their movement with a love for running and community, and, since 2019, they have grown into one of the largest run clubs in Michigan. The club is not only for running, it’s also for networking and building relationships. The group is filled with entrepreneurs, artists, and young professionals; the run group instills confidence and a love for running in the Black community. They offer three group run options a week: Two-Mile Tuesdays, 5k/10k Thursdays, and Sunday Long Run. They run collectively in races across the state and curate community events.
Latrica Wilder is the owner of Vibe Ride Cycle Detroit. The former advertising guru made the transition into a full-time fitness guru after spending 17 years in corporate. Simply collecting a paycheck wasn’t enough for her anymore and, in her new role, she is changing lives one cycle class at a time. Vibe Ride Cycle studio offers TRX training, yoga, cycling, and more. With their perfectly curated specialist and coaches; and emphasis on culture, community and fitness — Vibe Ride is a staple in the Detroit community.