5 Must-Follow Inspirational Fitness Instagram Accounts

Image: @kayla_itsines
Image: @kayla_itsines

Thanks to the boom of fitness chains like Soul Cycle and Pure Barre, staying in shape has never been easier (and fashionable) than it is now. Thanks to the thousands of #fitspo accounts on Instagram, it’s also easier for active lifestyle aficionados to encourage others and document their own journeys as well. Case in point: look up the aforementioned hashtag and there are no less than 35.5 million photos dedicated to the topic.

Below, we’ve rounded up the most inspiring fitness accounts to follow on Instagram, from the mastermind behind the #bikinibodyguide and more.

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Hands-down one of the most popular fitness accounts belongs to Kayla Itsines. The Australian personal trainer created the Bikini Body Guide (or #BBG), and has started a mass movement of followers who swear by her workouts: just look at the thousands of before-and-after pictures from her followers.

Itsines easy-to-follow workout clips on Instagram – and not to mention her killer abs – are motivation enough for all of us! What’s more, her community promotes a healthy way to achieve the body you want.

As someone who has tried her BBG workout, it is definitely a challenge and will leave you sore for days on end — but once you commit, you’ll see the results are worth the struggle.

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Amanda Bisk is yet another Aussie with an inspiring Insta feed. The former pole-vaulter didn’t let her 2011 diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue slow her down — instead, she turned to healthy eating and yoga to rebuild her strength and start a new lifestyle. Her fitness videos, yoga pictures, and healthy food inspo have inspired over 630,000 people to head outdoors and get fit.

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The most-followed yoga account in the world, @yoga_girl, belongs to Rachel Brathen. Based in Aruba, the full-time yoga teacher travels the world to connect to the wellness community — and of course, she shares her adventures with her two million followers. As if her globetrotting lifestyle wasn’t already #goals, the mama-to-be proves that even pregnancy won’t stop her from perfect yoga poses. (Oh, and her dog’s pretty cute, too.)

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If you’re looking for curves, look no further than Jen Selter. The fitness blogger’s infamous booty (and rock-hard abs) have earned over 10.2 million fans, thanks to frequent appearances in her poolside bikini pics. However, it’s not all skin-baring snaps: Selter also backs up her butt by sharing her favorite workout moves, showing that hard work truly pays off.

A video posted by Tone It Up TIU (@toneitup) on

Much like Kayla’s BBG, @toneitup is an women-led online community created by Southern California BFFs and trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott. The duo posts video tips from their fellow fitness-obsessed friends and body transformations of women who are completing their program. Their own Instagram account documents their healthy and fashionable lifestyles, from burning calories at the beach to sharing protein-packed smoothie recipes.

What are your favorite fitness accounts to follow on Instagram? Share the ones that inspire you the most in the comments below!