Published in Spotlights on Feb 1, 2021
Meet Kemi, founder and head sweat coach of Afrobeat Fit! Having fallen in love with dance as a young child, she grew up immersed in the movement and studies of various disciplines including Tap, Step, and Hip Hop. At just 16 years old she was hired to create a dance program at a local school, which then set her on a path of teaching dance and booking gigs through Boston & NYC. Eventually leading to a leap of faith pursuing dance on an industry level in Atlanta, GA. Unfortunately, two years into this journey a series of unfortunate events brought her back to her hometown; this redirection left her broken and wilted. Searching to find herself through dance again, but uncomfortable with going to local gyms or dance studios devoid of culture and women that looked like her, Kemi found a solution and created Afrobeat Fit. She beat her pre-diabetic diagnosis and bouts of depression with movement and music from the motherland. Read on to learn more about this enlightening form of movement and inspiring story!
Afrobeat Fit has been in operation since 2016 and is a high intensity cardio workout where music and movement derive from the late and great artist and influencers of Africa. Afrobeat Fit “Sweat Sessions” are always inclusive to all and rooted in love!
Since 2016, Afrobeat Fit has hosted over 500 small and large scale experiences centered around dance, cultural access and holistic wellness in various metro cities in the United States and Panama! With their most notable clients being the United States Coast Guard Academy, P&G Gillette Headquarters, Boston Chamber of Commerce, Harvard University, Black Health Matters Conference, and Qualcomm, to name a few.
In the midst of COVID 19, Afrobeat Fit shifted their fitness centered programs, to that which incorporated access to both fitness and holistic wellness. The most innovative of events being Sweat Weekend. Sweat Weekend was a full day virtual fitness conference that happened on National Fitness Day (May 2, 2020) where funds were raised for fitness professionals in need in the midst of COVID - 19.Close to 1K were raised, with 490 attendants from 27 countries across the globe. Other curated programs include the Booty Burn and Rise & Stretch segments which can be found free of charge on Instagram Live. Afrobeat Fit has also hosted over 200 free events on Instagram Live known as the Booty Burn segment and the Rise & Stretch.
What I enjoy the most about the virtual fitness world is that it removes the barrier of distance. I have been able to host classes overseas and also have folxs in our classes from all over the globe and without leaving the comforts of my living space. These past few months have been a beautiful reminder of just how big, yet small the world actually is!
Stay active and motivated for YOU, not for the 6 packs abs or the body goals. Maintain your health because you feel better and look better when you do so. The 6 pack abs and body goals will follow.
One of my 2021 Affirmations: I receive the love I so freely give! I believe that all things both good and bad come back to us.