Squad Goals

GalPal hosts empowering fitness classes throughout the city.

Lauren Bell - November 2018

Squad Goals

GalPal hosts empowering fitness classes throughout the city.

Lauren Bell - November 2018

-Tori Nefores

You may have already heard of GalPal Events popping up at different hot spots around the city. The series of networking opportunities encourages women from all walks of life to connect on a genuine level.

But more recently, the group has expanded its reach to local gyms to focus on self-care through body positivity and acceptance. Alysha January, founder of GalPal Events, has always been very open about her own life and struggles on her social media accounts and her blog, Discover Charm City.

But when she started posting about her own personal fitness journey, one of her followers reached out to see if she planned on having a GalPal fitness event. “I hadn’t even thought about doing it,” says January. “But once she said it, it wouldn’t leave my mind.”

January then reached out to Lift Yoga + Strength in Mt. Vernon to host the event, with no real expectations on who would show up. “I had been doing a lot of research on fitness events and thinking about what their promotional materials looked like, and to be honest, it was discouraging,” she says. “It was either everyone was very fit, everyone was all white or all black, or it was an ad aimed for only plus-sized girls. And I just thought, why can’t we put all of these beautiful women together? We are all on this journey.”

So, January reached out to local photographer Becky Stavely and asked her to shoot promotional photos for the first event featuring girls of all shapes, sizes, and colors. “The pictures really resonated with people,” says January. “Because of the vision we put out there, I think people really felt less intimidated and more welcomed.”

GalPal has now held three fitness events and January hopes to continue hosting more on a monthly basis, trying out different gyms and work outs. “I just want everyone to feel comfortable,” she says. “I don’t care if you are black, white, purple, yellow, green, whatever. I don’t care if you are a size 0 or a size 24. You are going to be greeted by women cheering you on and building you up and establishing a sisterhood that every woman needs.”

You May Also Like

Health & Wellness

Diabetes Patients Hack Own Insulin Pumps Using Open Source Coding

A Johns Hopkins lecturer uses #OpenAPS to control her diabetes.

On The Town

Best Ways to Celebrate Your Fit Friends at the Baltimore Running Festival

Check out these local pre-race events, cheer stations, post-race parties, and recovery activities.

The Chatter

If the Biopsy is Positive, We’re Having Store-Bought Stuffing

My family has a little extra to be thankful for this holiday.

Food & Drink

How to Avoid Holiday Stress Eating

Advice from a nutritionist on how to combat poor eating habits this time of year.

Charmed Life

Thanksgiving Turkey Trots, Fitness Classes, and Yoga Practices

Feel the burn during the most gut-busting time of the year.

Outside World

Four Maryland Trails to Enjoy This Beautiful Hiking Weather

From easy loops to difficult elevations, these hikes provide a workout with a view.

-Tori Nefores

Doctor Finder

Connect With Us

Most Read

Remember When George H.W. Bush Threw Out the Very First Pitch at Camden Yards?: The late 41st U.S. President hosted Queen Elizabeth and the Egyptian president at Memorial Stadium, too.

Airbnb Properties in Baltimore Will Soon Have Stricter Regulations: The city council voted to impose a hotel tax to short-term rentals in Baltimore City.

Donna's Cafe To Close in The Village of Cross Keys: The beloved restaurant serves its final meal this Sunday.

Haute Glue By Late Artist Alice Gadzinski Opens at the Creative Alliance: Friends, family, and staff piece together a retrospective exhibit in celebration of the late artist.

Open & Shut: Charmed Kitchen; Baby's on Fire; Stang of Siam: The latest restaurant openings, closings, and recent news.