11 Fitness Influencers That Break The #Fitspo Mold



It’s time to purge your Instagram bookmark section of things that no longer serve you—subliminal memes about a crush who’s just not that into you, potential purchases you shouldn’t be making, etc.—and make room for all things fitness.

Fitness Instagram is a hodgepodge of inspiring wellness accounts that promote health and wealth, but there are also a lot of accounts that project unrealistic fitness goals and tips that could harm you. Thankfully I’ve sifted through all the noise—and my own bookmarked section—to present the best of the best. From at-home workout videos to healthy eating recipes and humorous advice, allow these 11 accounts to motivate you to keep moving—whether at home, at the gym, or on the go.

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Rosalyn Mays

It used to be that when you think of pole dancing, only one image comes to mind—tall, skinny, white, long hair. But through her humorous and transparent pole dancing videos on Instagram, Rosalyn Mays aka Roz the Diva is on a mission to challenge that stereotype by making her own space in the pole dancing field. You can find her hosting pole dancing classes at NYC’s Body and Pole.


Kirtsy Godso

A quick perusal of Kirtsy Gordo’s Instagram will reveal that the master Nike trainer favors gravity-defying exercises. From doing elevated wall climbers to doing “push-up to pike” exercises—both using a yoga ball—Kirsty does it all.


Charlee Atkins

If gyms aren’t your jam, Charlee Atkins’ Instagram is basically a collection of easy at-home workouts that’ll motivate you no matter your skill level. She also features exercises for cyclists, yogis, and travelers.


Brittne Jackson

Do you know what’s better than one push up? A push up into mountain climbers with a twist of push up and a jumping jack at the end. These are the types of fun variations Brittne Babe offers on her Instagram page and what keeps her 1.6 million followers coming back for more each day.


Jeanette Jenkins

Jeanette Jenkins has been in the fitness game for over two decades—she counts Alicia Keys and Pink as some of her clients. But when she’s not getting the stars snatched, she’s helping her 500,000-plus followers reach their fitness goals with high-energy, full-body workouts and does it all with the brightest smile on her face.


Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines is the mastermind behind the popular Sweat app, which provides users with workouts tailored to their specific goals. She keeps her Instagram followers engaged with her #SweatChallenges so she—and the entire Sweat community—can track progress.


Laura Large

Can’t quite master the flying pigeon or upward lotus? Laura Large gives her followers step-by-step pictorials on how to bend and morph into your favorite yoga poses.


Judine Saint Gerard

Judine’s Instagram isn’t your typical”drink water and eat veggies everyday” kind of fitness account. She keeps it very real when it comes to her eating habits, which include lots of Levain cookies as well as water and veggies. Plus, her workout videos usually feature Caribbean songs so you can add to your very own workout playlist.


Jessamyn Stanley

You go to Jessamyn’s page to see a confident woman loving her body and flaunting it whenever she pleases, and stay for her bubbly, humorous charm. If you don’t like it, Jessamyn doesn’t care—she’s going to do it whether you like it or not. Jessamyn is a yoga instructor, author of Every Body Yoga and Dear Jessamyn podcast host.


Idalis Velazquez

Idaslis Velazquez is a mommy of three, has an Instagram packed with a variety of routines, and her killer combos will have you sweating before you even lift a finger. Plus, she breaks down each workout in English and Spanish for her followers.


Massy Arias

In between her intense workouts and heart healthy meals, Massy loves to keep it moving. Dance is another form of exercise for the busy mom and has plans of expanding her workout routines to include hip-hop and other dance styles.

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