Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate, and understand Black culture, its heritage, and impact on the American experience. This February, gear up to celebrate with Fitbit as we champion and spotlight our Black community with an exciting new content drop!
Led by trainers Giles Chapman, Alex Johnson, and Roz Mays, we’re bringing four new exercise segments to the Fitbit app starting February 1. Plus, keep an eye on Fitbit’s Instagram channels from February 7 through 11 for some can’t-miss live takeovers from Roz and Denise Marie Antoine.
Keep reading to learn all the details!
First, meet the Fitbit trainers
Roz Mays. NASM-certified Roz The Diva Mays has dedicated many late nights at the gym to becoming a kickass personal trainer, self proclaimed “pole diva”, and educator. She specializes in helping nontraditional athletes overcome gym-timidation through pole dancing, TRX, weight lifting, and mobility work. Her talents have been featured in The New York Times, ESPN, Glamour, Huffington Post, and other really dope media organizations. When she isn’t half naked and sweaty, Diva’s usually making pancakes with Beyonce and Michelle Obama.
Giles Chapman. A Bay Area native, Giles has been in the fitness industry for over 7 years, helping countless individuals reach their fullest potential through growth and personal development. Growing up in the Bay Area, Giles has always been a part of the sports scene. He eventually went off to play football for the University of Nevada Wolfpack, where he graduated with his BA in Communications before heading out to South Florida to obtain his Master’s Degree in Business Leadership. Giles takes pride in serving others, whether it’s through his youth organization or simply with his two wonderful boys, Harlem (4) and Kingsley (1), his passion and drive speaks for itself.
Alex Johnson. Alex has had a lifelong passion for movement that began at a very young age, which started with football and basketball. He has traveled across the country since the age of 10 playing AAU basketball for the Oakland Soldiers. He credits his mom and cousins for always introducing him to something new and pushing him to get better, which led him to finding himself always surrounded by some of the best athletes in the world. He gained his athletic training knowledge and really began to pay attention to detail through his experience as an athlete in high school and college. After getting in a career-ending car accident, his focus and passion turned to helping others explore and fulfill their individual goals within fitness. Since the age of 18, he’s been helping people level up and include fitness into their life, changing countless lives along the way. “This is what I love to do and I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Johnson says. “Let’s get to work!”
Denise Marie Antoine. Denise Marie Antoine, E-RYT 500, is an African/Asian American (Creole & Korean/Japanese if you’re wondering…), LAbased Yoga and Dance Teacher. She began her artistic training in Contemporary Modern dance, with Karen McDonald and Classical Ballet, with Stefan Wenta. She performed with Lula Washington’s Youth Ensemble and attended LA County HS for the arts. Upon graduating from LACHSA, she was accepted to The Ailey School, The Boston Conservatory, Tisch, and NYU to study dance. Though she was greatly disappointed to decline acceptances to these institutions, due to lack of financial resources, she eventually found a new path leading to her purpose. Denise transitioned her love for movement to yoga practice and received her E-RYT 500 certification status; she holds additional certifications in Mat Pilates, Trauma Release Yoga, and Reiki Level 1.
As a survivor of an attempted childhood abduction in her hometown of South Central LA, Denise prioritizes physical and emotional wellness practices, investing into the youth and serving survivors of trauma. She has worked with The Yoga Collective, Yoga Bliss, TrifitLA, Unplug Meditation, InnerDimensionMedia.com, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Forme Life, and is thrilled to be a part of the Fitbit Premium Training Team! Her classes are athletic, fun, and alignment based. She also hosts Trauma Release Yoga events, yoga and meditation workshops and retreats, and has worked as a brand partner with Fabletics.
Check out the new content
We’re thrilled to announce four new exercise segments that will be available for free in the Fitbit app starting February 1 through the 28. Then head to Fitbit’s Instagram for live takeovers from Fitbit trainers Roz Mays and Denise Marie Antoine the week of February 7. From exercises and meditations to live conversations about Black History Month, you won’t want to miss it!
Ready to dive in? Check out the new exercise content available on the Fitbit app here:
Bodyweight Strength Intervals. No equipment, no problem. Join trainer Alex Johnson to celebrate Black History Month with this energizing total body workout. It will leave you feeling inspired, motivated, and pumped.
Upper Body Strength. Get ready to experience the strength of Black girl magic and Black boy joy in this very special Black History Month strength workout session led by Roz The Diva. All you need is a set of dumbbells.
Kettlebells Press Variations. Celebrate Black History Month with a kettlebell session featuring five overhead press variations. Led by trainer Giles Chapman, this quick but challenging workout will inspire you to push towards your goals.
Lower Body Strength. Work your legs in honor of Black History Month with Roz The Diva. You don’t need any equipment for this lower body strength circuit, just some grit as together we build physical strength and mental focus.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.