Instagram Fitness Stars to Follow Right Now
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2017
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Gone are the days of fitness stars existing solely in magazines. With Instagram, you can bring the aspirational and motivational clout of a bevy of personal trainers, fitness models and workout fanatics straight to your feed. You can get a peek into their workouts, nutritious (and tasty) meal ideas and healthy lifestyle habits. So bring a little motivation to your Instagram feed with these 20 fitness stars that you'll want to follow immediately.
Be warned: This account is not for those who think women should stick to light weights. Jen's a force to be reckoned with in the weight room -- and an extremely motivating one at that. This former magazine fitness editor and rugby player now spends her days training clients at the gym she co-owns with her husband and of course, posting plenty of pics to Instagram.
Related: Follow @jensinkler on Instagram.
Running selfies, yoga in the park and sweaty cycling class selfies -- this woman is always on the go. Robin is a senior instructor for Peleton Cycle and the owner of an eclectic workout wardrobe you'll want to steal. Following her is a surefire way to encourage you to get your butt off the couch and into the gym.
Related: Follow @robinnyc on Instagram.
Workout growing a bit stagnant? Then it's time to “Up Your Fitness” with this seriously inspiring Instagram account from Mike Marchese, master trainer for the World Calisthenics Organization. With a penchant for incredible feats of strength, expect lots of hand balancing and dragon flag videos that will make your jaw drop in admiration.
Related: Follow @upyourfitness on Instagram.
Who needs a gym membership when you follow @emilyskyefit? In between inspirational quotes and gym selfies, you'll find Emily's quick-but-effective workout videos that will leave you sweaty, sore and looking amazing. Want more? You can also sign up for her fitness and nutrition plan through her website.
Related: Follow @emilyskyefit on Instagram.
This Aussie native is an exercise physiologist, elite athletics coach and qualified yoga instructor -- an impressive resume that's represented in her Instagram account. There are plenty of yoga poses in exotically beautiful locations, short workout videos and really yummy-looking fruit bowls and avocado toast.
Related: Follow @amandabisk on Instagram.
If anyone was going to bring a tough love, just-do-it approach to fitness, it's a former NFL player. The videos Curtis posts of medicine-ball frog jumps and weight back squats look like they're straight out of a Nike or Gatorade commercial. And yes, there are plenty of #MondayMotivation quotes like “Mondays are for go-getters.”
Related: Follow @curtiswilliams17 on Instagram.
Creator of the Bikini Body Guides, Kayla has built a fitness empire, thanks in large part to the power of social media. Scroll through her Instagram account and you'll find tons of incredible before-and-after shots from her followers, along with workout videos to get your own bikini body.
Related: Follow @kayla_itsines on Instagram.
Does that last name ring a bell? It just might, since Katie is the daughter of fitness guru Denise Austin. But Katie is forging her own path via Instagram and her extremely successful 21-Day Ab Challenge. Check out her video workouts and sneak a peek into this SoCal girl's enviable beach life.
Related: Follow @katie.austin on Instagram.
KARENA DAWN AND KATRINA (HODGSON) SCOTT
Speaking of beach girls, Karena and Katrina (aka, the Tone It Up girls) built their brand on the beach -- literally. The Manhattan Beach, CA-based duo fills their Instagram account with lots of pics of beach runs, yoga classes and their signature #bootycall workouts. Plus, they truly love their TIU community of women and often post transformation photos and #flexFriday selfies.
Related: Follow @TONEITUP on Instagram.
While there are plenty of beautifully glistening, perfectly toned bodies in Will's feed, the resident Nike trainer also posts photos of his actual clients during their workouts. Because what's more inspiring than real people doing real exercise to change their lives and their bodies?
Related: Follow @willsworkout on Instagram.
One half of the popular (but now inactive) @twobadbodies Instagram account, fitness and wellness expert Jennifer Forrester now shares her workouts, healthy eats and motivational quotes on her own account. All of her workout photos seem to share the same philosophy: Exercise is an anywhere, any time deal -- even while pregnant.
Related: Follow @jenniferforrester on Instagram.
As the other half of the @twobadbodies account, Kaisa has launched her own equally successful Instagram account. Like Jennifer, her workout photo posts take place anywhere and everywhere -- the gym, the track, at boat docks and under a freeway overpass.
Related: Follow @KaisaFit on Instagram.
“MMA – Calisthenics – Yoga – Parkour.” In other words: strong. This dude is strong -- and his Instagram reflects that. Just take one look at any of his hand-balancing videos and suddenly your workout seems subpar. But there's no judgment here, just the encouragement to push yourself to the limit and discover the truly amazing things your body can do.
Related: Follow @rix.official on Instagram.
You may already know this trainer from her fitness programs, books and DVDs. Her Instagram feed is one of the most colorful ones out there: She regularly posts pics of her bright, fun and stylish workout gear, drool-inducing acai bowls, veggie stir-fries and salads that are anything but boring.
Related: Follow @nataliejillfit on Instagram
Front levers are one of the most challenging exercises you can do on a pull-up bar. But doing it with two other guys doing front levers hanging off your shoulders? That takes superhuman strength. But just scroll through Kenneth's account and you'll find dozens of other posts that will make you question if this guy is really 100-percent human.
Related: Follow @progressive_calisthenics on Instagram.
There must be something in the Australian water, because there's certainly no shortage of Aussie fitness stars. Follow Tanya on her morning runs along scenic beach paths and through grueling gym workouts. You can even #TrainWithTanya on your phone through her mobile app and 12-week training program.
Related: Follow @Achieving_Balance on Instagram.
Guys aren't the only ones allowed to be seriously strong. Lita has the muscles to prove it. And just try to keep up with her lateral-bounding training and starfish crunches in the park (“ehh, why not!”). You'll definitely want to hit the gym after scrolling through her account.
Related: Follow @followthelita on Instagram.
This is another girl giving the boys a run for their money in the weight room! This San Diego-based CrossFitter posts pictures of her WODs, PRs and post-workout protein shakes. While there are plenty of weightlifting photos, you'll also find pics of her travels, friends and the occasional puppy.
Related: Follow @LaurenFisher on Instagram.
She may only be 5'3” and 118 pounds, but her Instagram presence is larger than life. Christmas is a CrossFit competitor, Olympic lifter and author of “The Badass Body Diet” and her feed includes countless photos from the weight room and fitness shoots, snapshots of delicious, protein-packed meals, motivational quotes and transformation photos from her clients.
Related: Follow @christmasabbott on Instagram.
If there's anyone you should follow on Instagram to combine your love of fitness and travel, it's a runner. Specifically, an ultrarunner like Ashley Walsh. As a girl who can run more miles in a day that most people probably do in a year, she's been to an array of beautiful locations and more often than not, you’ll see the Great Smoky Mountains in the background.
Related: Follow @ashruns100s on Instagram.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you follow any of these fitness stars on Instagram? Who else do you follow for health and fitness motivation? What's the most motivating part of their feed? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below and forget to follow @LIVESTRONG_COM on Instagram!
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