She and her trainer, Kira Stokes teamed up for an Instagram Live workout to help fundraise for the nonprofit, Urban Arts Partnership.

By Arielle Tschinkel
June 22, 2020
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Over the weekend, several people came together to celebrate Juneteeth—a holiday commemorating the official emancipation of slaves in the U.S.—with a variety of donation-based virtual workouts benefiting Black communities. If you're looking for a way to keep the activism (and sweat) going, Ashley Graham shared a workout initiative you'll definitely want to check out.

On Sunday, Graham took to Instagram Live with her longtime trainer, Kira Stokes to host a 30-minute home workout benefiting Urban Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works with New York City's public schools to fund educational programs rooted in the arts.

"[Urban Arts Partnership is] a phenomenal not-for-profit that I've been working with for a few years now," Graham shared at the beginning of the IG Live. "[It's] an organization that integrates arts education in New York City public schools affected by systemic racism and economic inequalities." (Related: Team USA Swimmers Are Leading Workouts, Q&As, and More to Benefit Black Lives Matter)

"I know that a lot of us are continuing to look for ways to use our voice to fight for change," continued Graham. "And I feel like this is a great way to be able to do that." (Related: White Celebrities Are Handing Over Their Instagram Accounts to Black Women for the #SharetheMicNow Campaign)

Fortunately, Graham shared the Instagram Live workout on her main feed, so even if you missed it in real-time, you can follow along (and donate to Urban Arts Partnership) whenever you want. Bonus: All you need is a yoga mat—no workout equipment required.

The 30-minute workout begins with some warm-up exercises: bodyweight squats, planks, and lunges, to name a few. The duo then moves on to a full-body circuit, including sumo squats, wide-legged jump squats, running in place, mountain climbers, bird-dogs, and more. (Along the way, Stokes encourages Graham—as well as viewers—to listen to their body and modify workouts as they see fit.)

Throughout the workout, Stokes gives viewers 30-second breaks to pause and "hit that donate button." In the end, the pair said they raised nearly $1,400 for Urban Arts Partnership in the span of their 30-minute workout.

Want to drive that number up even higher? Head to Graham's Instagram for the workout and Urban Arts Partnership's website to donate.

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