These workouts are DIY, FUBU, and sure to get you F-I-T.

First things first: Fitness is important for all people.

With that said, the top four leading causes of death among African-Americans are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 60 percent of Hispanic-Americans will develop obesity and Type 2 diabetes. As we work to prevent these conditions, there’s nothing wrong with having someone on your vision board who, well, looks like you. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of people of color who are leading the charge on healthy living via social media.

Hey Fran Hey

With her signature vlog introduction — “Hey Beautiful Ones! — Hey Fran Hey has become one of the more popular lifestyle experts of color on DIY beauty, nutrition, natural hair care, and fitness, “with a bohemian twist.” Her Tumblr is positive and inspiring, and if you’re interested in a vegan diet, she can help you learn about that too!

Food Heaven Made Easy with Wendy & Jess

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These ladies both hold master’s degrees in nutrition science, and they are BFFs, which means their videos are scientifically sound, as well as friendly and inviting! Watch their YouTube channel to learn how to cook nutrient dense, affordable plant-based recipes that are actually simple to make.

“Mr. Shut Up and Train”

17 POC To Follow For Wellness Inspiration

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Do you want to get fit? Like, do you really, want to optimize that body? Rahman “Ray” Grayson, aka Mr. Shut Up and Train, is your man. This Atlanta-based celeb trainer makes fitness a group activity, mobilizing the internet when he offers the “Free 30-Day Fit Challenge.” Once you sign up, you’ll get daily exercise and nutrition challenges that are detailed, tough, and get results. As he says, “Healthy is the new sexy.”

Hang Tight with MarC

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No gym? No problem! MarC will send you a weekly workout schedule and tips, no matter what your exercise level. Her YouTube channel has hundreds of workouts that tend to be on the shorter side, but you can build them to customize a workout that suits you perfectly.


MankoFit, or Massiel Arias, is an athlete and trainer whose body is so ripped, she was featured in Trey Songz’s latest video “Na Na” matching his intensity in a sweaty + sexy workout sesh! Follow her on Facebook or Instagram for short workout videos (usually in the gym) to push yourself, but be warned — MankoFit goes hard.

Kevin, Fit Men Cook

Hey y'all! 💪 I'm at the International Housewares show in #Chicago as a guest of Dash brand (@unprocessyourfood). Y'all see my big head on the screen behind me?! Lol This show is the equivalent of the Mr. Olympia except instead of oiled bodies walking around, you see really cool kitchen & home gadgets. Like this #Swarovski crystal encrusted Health Cube blender by Dash, aka "#TheGoodLife" blender." (Note: seconds after taking this photo I was tackled by security.) I'll be here thru Tuesday so if you're in Chi-town, please send me a note on Twitter (@fitmencook) with great places to eat and train (for free)! Keep your fingers crossed that I can load up on cool gadgets before leaving so we can go to the next level. 😁 (traduccion abajo) Bum! 💪 Me siento súper bien estar en el Salón del Hogar Internacionales en Chicago como el invitado de marca Dash (@unprocessyourfood)! Esta conferencia es el equivalente de Mr. Olympia para los físioculturistas pero en lugar de ver muchos "cuerpos aceitados", hará unos aparatos cheveres pa la cocina y el hogar. Mira lo que tengo – la licuadora cubierta de cristales de Swarovski. 😂 Estaré aquí a través el martes; si estás en Chicago, envíeme una nota por Twitter (@fitmencook) con buenas recomendaciones para comer y disfrutar en la ciudad! Ojalá yo pueda llevar unos aparatos interesantes antes de salir! 😁 Nos vemos prontito!

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Kevin is a great fitness follow on IG or Youtube because he didn’t start off toned and bulked, he worked for every gain, something he documents regularly on his Instagram account. On this account you’ll never have to worry about what foods to eat because Kevin’s got you covered. Built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym!


#WCW waist cincher workout! 😏😘✌️That leaning camel (bottom right) is no joke! 😝😝

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Kandiss Sigler lost weight the old-fashioned way: diet and exercise. She’s proud to say that she did it all without a gym membership, and now she offers virtual training to help others do the same. One of the best things about following her on Instagram is you don’t get pictures of her humblebragging (let’s be honest, that happens) but you get actual exercises to do right in your living room with little or no equipment!


Suraqah is a personal trainer based in Chicago, Illinois. His body kinda looks like a real-life action figure, so on those days you don’t feel like working out, he should help you kick the excuses.

Anowa Adjah

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Calling herself the “Nigerian Powerhouse,” Anowa made the Powerhouse Physiques DVD series for curvy girls who want to “lose the gut, keep the butt.” She’s also the mother of toddler twin boys, so, ladies, she UNDERSTANDS!

Jason Khalipa

Jason Khalipa is a fitness rockstar and the owner of NorCal CrossFit, which is based in California. CrossFit has become more popular in recent years, and it’s definitely not an exercise program for the faint of heart. NorCal CrossFit has awesome apparel and a growing community to help you reach your fitness dreams.

The Hollywood Trainer: Jeanette Jenkins

17 POC To Follow For Wellness Inspiration

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You should recall Jeanette Jenkins from her two “Sexy Abs” DVDs with singer Kelly Rowland — and who doesn’t think Kelly’s body is bangin’? Jeanette is incredibly chirpy and energetic, and between Youtube and her Facebook “Exercise of the Day,” she will give you plenty of fitspiration.

The Hodge Twins

Comedians, actors, certified fitness trainers, models… (aren’t we all?) Turn to the Hodge twins not only for color commentary on random events, but for exercise tips that men care about, with Youtube workouts titled, “You Want Bigger Traps??!!?”, for example.

Cassey Ho

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Cassey Ho is the creator of Blogilates, which is a one-stop shop for anyone with an interest in fitness. Her site has everything from healthy, clean recipes to quick and easy workout videos. But, obviously, Pilates is her specialty!


If you’re looking for some fitness inspiration, this account is most definitely a must-follow. Deactivated Fat Girl keeps her Instagram filled with pictures to inspire you when the journey to being fit gets hard; she even creates fitness challenges from time to time in order to get people focused on their goal to becoming healthier.

Guru of Abs

Because let’s be honest, aren’t abs what we all want? DaShaun Johnson is an athlete and NIKE NTC trainer who travels quite a bit. Catch him when he’s in your town and let him help you sculpt that stomach.

My Name is Jessamyn

Y'all, as I grabbed my foot with both hands in #ekapadarajakapotasana FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER today, I felt the imaginary fingers of @kathrynbudig & @amyippoliti on my chest and shoulders, giving me the gentle push I needed to reach this goal. This pose has challenged me for months and the guidance of both these women (via their classes on @yogaglo) has been monumentally instrumental in my progress. Basically, it may sound cliche, but I would not be here today without them. Thank you, Kathryn. Thank you, Amy. Though we have never met, your presence in my practice has been utterly transformative. So many of you guys ask me for advice about how to jumpstart your practice- for real, check out the classes these ladies teach on They teach at a variety of levels and they both have an infectious enthusiasm for the beauty of yoga that could damn near change your life. Am I being hyperbolic? Probably not, honestly. By the way, my pants and headband are by Kobieta and my top is by @forever21. Also, the winner of a custom Kobieta headband (like the one I wear all the time, but in the color of your choice) is @catsandfries! Shoot me an e-mail @ for details on how to collect your prize. Also, if you guys order from and enter JESSBLOG at checkout you'll get 15% off sitewide!

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A self-described “yoga enthusiast and fat femme” Jessamyn’s beautiful Tumblr and Instagram might speak especially to full-figured women. However, she’s a great follow for any aspiring yogi, as she encourages us all to focus on how yoga makes you feel, not the number on the scale.

Dr. Ian

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We’d be remiss not to include Dr. Ian Smith, a New York Times best-selling author and medical correspondent on national television and radio. He’s also a recurring co-host on The Doctors.

Who are your favorite fitness gurus of color? Please share in the comments below so we all can get healthy together!

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