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Ever since she graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Meagan Kong has lived her dream of being a professional dancer in Los Angeles and around the world. She has danced along some of the biggest stars in the world—including JLo, Beyonce, Rihanna, Pitbull, and more. On top of that, she even busted out her acting chops and starred as Devil Girl Maggie on BET’s scripted series “Hit the Floor” and is a regular on CW’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”—one of my personal faves.
Kong spent years constantly yo-yo dieting for photo shoots, auditions, and big performances. After she got tired of crash diets and workouts, she learned to adopt a new and sustainable way of living. When you get a chance, you can read more about her efforts on her blog, You Kong Do It.
She's also the owner of the uber-popular LA fitness facility, Kong Fit Club, where she encourages everyone around her that it’s all being proactive and consistent when it comes to your overall health and wellness. We sat down with Meagan to get to know a little bit more about her mission and what wellness means to her.
I originally started Kong Fit Club as a pop-up events-based club to help my virtual community navigate the IRL fitness and wellness space here in LA. I find that it’s easier to try new things together and even easier when you have a guide to help weed out the stuff that is just noise. After 80+ free events, I decided it was time to have a space of our own which is now Kong Fit Clubhouse in Hollywood. I curate the Clubhouse schedule based on how I train and who I train with as a professional dancer of 15 years which is a little of everything—weights, HIIT, Pilates, yoga, recovery, dance. I am always throwing special workshops, new modalities, and events onto the schedule to keep it dynamic and exciting to come in.
I went through so many years of crash dieting and boot camp challenges, it was really exhausting and defeating. I became sick of killing myself while “getting myself ready” for a shoot, event, audition, etc., so I vowed to just create a lifestyle to stay (mostly) ready. I’m motivated by this feeling of freedom! Not tied to a specific diet or workout regimen, just the idea of keeping it moving and doing the best I can most of the time. I feel strong, proud, and the happiest in this state.
Since my background is in dance, to me, wellness is movement. Movement doesn’t always mean physically or even with your body—it can be energetic, internal, emotional. With movement comes growth which is the ultimate form of wellness.
If you're in the LA area, you should definitely check out Kong Fit Club to help you advance your wellness routine. You can book classes on the Mindbody app.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!