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New Study Says Exercise More Beneficial to Whites than Blacks



A new (and in our opinion absolutely ridiculous) study has surfaced in an attempt to show whites as being superior to blacks. The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has published claims that exercise benefits whites more than blacks.


“In a dispiriting finding for African American girls and women, a new study finds that while engaging in high levels of physical activity is a good bet for preventing obesity in white adolescent girls, it does not give their black peers the same benefit” (Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2012).

Our Take

There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration when comparing the results of exercise regimens for blacks and whites.

The study lacks merit in that it was not a controlled study, meaning that there was no set exercise program given to the subjects in the study. This study was not done in a clinical environment, and to make such a bold claim that whites benefit more from exercise is ridiculous. A study with true merit would have compared the group of black and white girls only after completing a structured and professionally monitored exercise and nutrition program to ensure that each person in the study received and completed the exact same exercise and nutrition program.

Another thing to consider in this so called study are the measurements used to support their claim of exercise benefitting white more than black. The study used body mass index (BMI) and body fat percent. Body fat does not lie, so its inclusion in the study is necessary, however, BMI can be misleading. BMI is a measurement that compares body weight and height, to test for obesity, however higher BMI measurements are not always a clear indication that a person is obese. If a person has a higher bone density or more lean muscle mass, BMI cannot be use to provide an accurate picture of a person’s health.

Last but not least, this study does not address nutrition. Exercise is just one method to control obesity. Nutrition is a major competent in fighting obesity. Unfortunately, the African American diet is not always conducive in controlling obesity rates in our community. A lack of outreach and resources often leaves a larger number of American Americans with no choice but to eat what is in their local surroundings or what they can afford. Fast food and processed foods are often the only option, so comparing random black and white girls at the age of 14 and not taking exercise and nutrition into account provides skewed results.

The truth is that all human beings benefit from exercise. The treadmill, barbell, dumbbell, yoga and Pilates are color blind – they don’t decide to benefit whites more than blacks. Hard work and sweat produce the same results; a calorie burned is a calorie burned regardless of your ethnicity.

Keep working towards your goals! Your effort is NOT in vain.



Healy, M. (June 5, 2012). Exercise helps black adolescent girls less than whites, study says. Retrieved June 9, 2012.

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…



Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains?

Jordan’s Black Panther Workout

To make Calliet’s vision come to life, Jordan was doing two to three workouts and eating six meals a day. To sculpt his chest and back, Calliet had the actor going back to basics — with a lot of weight.

“[We did] a lot of old-school bench presses, lat pulldowns, deadlifts — nothing fancy, just really contracting the muscle,” Calliet says. “We lift heavy — a lot, a lot of times.”

Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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