The Fitness Influencers You Should Follow On Instagram

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You're idly swiping through Instagram stories first thing in the morning, when you end up transfixed by some random person's workout routine. Perhaps through osmosis, you finish watching their story and feel like maybe you should go work out, too. Next thing you know, you're at the gym taking selfies of your own workout.
Sure, there are far too many accounts on Instagram that perpetuate unrealistic ideals of health and fitness. But there are also lots of regular people who post workout photos, videos, and tips that are down-to-earth and maybe even inspiring.
Whether you want to discover the trendy new workout class in your city, or are searching for a pair of high-tech workout leggings, chances are these fitness influencers will help guide you through your goals. Some of these influencers are legit certified trainers, and some of them are just cool people who are passionate about fitness. Go ahead and smash that follow button — then, smash your own workout.
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Elisabeth Akinwale is a five-time CrossFit Games athlete who lives in Chicago with her son. She usually posts videos of herself performing impressive Olympic lifts at her gym (often filmed by her kid), called 13th Flow. Although her posts might seem superhuman and intimidating, her captions always include some inspirational wisdom about how to stay mentally strong, too.
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In the beginning yoga was teaching me to be strong, to know my worth, to speak up when shit needs to spoken about, to live in a way that feels authentic to me and serves and considers others as well. Before any of that came into my life the only thing I wanted to share was asana. I didn’t have the awareness or vulnerability to share much else, but it was coming. I know it’s the gateway to many things. I know there are many out there who need to see this representation - big bodies can be strong and DO belong and I am here for that. I also want people to know that you are the masterpiece. Not just your body or your abilities or where you are accepted or not. Your voice, your truth. I encourage us to move past the blanket of love and light, the spiritual bypass, the quieting of important conversation, the fixation on physical ability. Consider the micro-aggressions slung towards minorities in supposedly safe spiritual spaces. Consider the blatant lack of diversity or better phrasing, blatant omission (or tokenization) of people who don’t fit the norm. Consider the commodification of yoga and wellness and self-care and how much of it is diet culture and privilege in action. Consider how racism and classism and ableism are impacting so many people in these spaces. Consider who you support with your resources (you have many). I am always learning. Yoga not only changed my perspectives and opened my mind, but it shifted me into asking the right questions. Yoga is action, social justice, personal equanimity, and it’s just as political as everything else is. That being said, I haven’t played with this shape in well over a year, and today it was there for me to access. It feels joyful because this evolution has been the most emotionally intense shift I have experienced. When I tap into my strength I remember what it felt like to feel worthless. Like my voice didn’t matter, like I didn’t matter. Like I could never be strong. Now I laugh to myself because I know better, and that chuckle is like a compassionate hug to my former self for not knowing. Now I know better, so I do better. I speak. I share. I stand in my power. I am a force. You are as well. Thoughts?

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Dana Falsetti, yoga teacher and podcast host, seems to always post exactly what you need to hear — whether it's a yoga class that helps migraines, or advice about how to handle challenging moments in life. Recently, she started an online yoga studio so you can take her classes whenever you want, and you can name your price for the monthly subscription. Follow for announcements about new videos and pretty photos of Falsetti and her plants.
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💫 Happy New Year! 💫 “Behind me is infinite power, before me is endless possibility, around me is boundless opportunity”... Seems like a good affirmation to get 2018 started to me! 🎆 It’s been, in turns, an amazing & incredibly difficult year... On the one hand, I’ve been teaching for a year now, & am more in love with it than ever! I feel so lucky to have made lots of amazing friends as well (you know who you are!) & the #igyogacommunity has advanced my practice & supported me in ways I couldn’t even imagine... On the other hand, there’s an ongoing family situation that still causes me enormous amounts of pain, BUT, I’m choosing to focus on all the positives as I go forwards. Oh, & goals? Fear of inversions will become a thing of the past, I will become a handstanding ninja & be able to get my leg behind my goddamn head without holding it there 🤣 Wishing you all much health & happiness in the New Year. Here’s to being AWESOME in 2018 😋 Lots of love, Laura ❤️❤️❤️ 🎆 Leggings: @werkshop #teamwerkshop Mala bracelets: @modernmalas ➡️ Use code LAURA10 for 10% off Mat: @liforme . . . . #yogaphotography #yogapose #yogagirl #yogisofinstagram #instayoga #yogafit #yogainspiration #poseoftheday #yogafitness #yogaeverydamnday #yogi #feeltheyogahigh #practiceandalliscoming #instayoga #yogacommunity #iloveyoga #yogalooksgood #inspiredyogis #yogamotivation #yogaposes #myyoga #yogaeverywhere #practiceyoga #yogachallenge #supersoldier #supersoldierpose #yogabalance

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Laura Large is an impressive yogi from the U.K., who often shares photos of herself in ridiculously bendy yoga poses. But don't get it twisted: Large is a purist, and also posts in-depth guides for mastering a pose safely.
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Best day ever w the team @outdoorvoices #doingthings

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Ty Haney, the CEO and founder of Outdoor Voices, definitely lives her brand's motto, "doing things." Whether she's hiking with her dog or drawing inspiration for the next leggings launch, you can find snapshots of Haney's active life on her Instagram.
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Hannah Bronfman is the queen of self care, trendy workouts, and athleisure. While she's from New York City, Bronfman often travels around the world to test the latest innovations in fitness.
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Akin Akman got his start as an instructor at SoulCycle, where he was sought after for his fast-paced classes. Now, he's still teaching at Soul, but also hosts bootcamp classes called Akin's Army, and is a Nike Master Trainer. Follow his Instagram page to keep up with all the exciting workshops and classes he has happening.
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Based in Brooklyn, Morit Summers is a NSCA-certified personal trainer whose feed is full of body positivity, health-at-any-size advice, and weight-lifting videos. Not only is Summers an impressive athlete on her own, but she also trains celebs like Danielle Brooks.
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🔥 This one is a killer: no gym equipment, just your body. Let it burn: •Perform each move for one whole minute. Go for as many reps are you can (pace yourself if you’re a beginner, but if you are more advanced, go Beastmode. Rest for 30 seconds Perform three sets of each. 🔥 🎶 @bep ”dont stop the party”. This targets your lower half in all planes of motion. You will work inner thighs, glutes, calves, hamstrings and quads. If you’re in the gym and don’t know what to do, I recommend you to get familiar with your own body before starting to use machines or fancy equipment. I promise your legs will be sore, with proper nutrition and rest you’ll build muscle and if this doesn’t have you sweating, then you’re a robot. This will burn tons of calories. I challenge @mawarriors to include this routine tomorrow for optional leg day! Let’s go tribe! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #workout #workoutmotivation #legworkout #legday #glutes #c9 _____________________________________________________________ Esta rutina esta a puro 🔥 No necesitas mas que tu cuerpo y trabajaras todos los músculos de las piernas incluyendo los muslos internos y los cocos 😜☝🏽 •Realiza tantas repeticiones como puedas por un minuto completo. Descansa por 30 segundos y repite el otro lado. Tienes tres rondas por cada ejercicio. DALE! Muchas personas creen que las máquinas son mejor que utilizar su propio cuerpo. Si sabes cómo combinar ciertos ejercicios y usar diferentes técnicas de entrenamiento, verás grandiosos resultados. Trata esta rutina y dime que tal te va! Dale! #hijadecristo

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Massiel Indhira Arias is a bilingual trainer in Los Angeles who's famous for her creative and occasionally acrobatic workouts. Her page is full of quick gym videos and snapshots of her very adorable kid. (And every caption is translated into Spanish.)
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If you're someone who loves a good yoga flow in the middle of your kitchen, you'll relate to Morgan, aka The Southern Yogi. She posts jaw-dropping videos of her at-home yoga flows, which often feature twisted handstand variations and other inversions.
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When you're feeling down and want some no-B.S. motivation, turn to Alex Silver-Fagan. Silver-Fagan is a certified personal trainer in New York City, and specializes in functional fitness and yoga. Some of her posts seem superhuman, but she's grounded and full of wisdom.

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