12 Motivational Instagram Accounts That Are More Than Just #Fitspo

12 Motivational Instagram Accounts That Are More Than Just #Fitspo

All too often, we leave an Instagram scrolling session feeling discouraged and depleted. Why aren’t we traveling to Bali right now? We aren’t we eating farm-to-table greens? Why don’t our children stand still long enough to capture the sunset and apply the Juno filter?

It’s about time you started to make Instagram work for you as a source of motivation and inspiration as you strive to do the little things — the real, often un-photographed little things — that lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Here are 12 Instagram accounts you should start following immediately, as they’re packed with workout tips, diet advice, vent sessions, and (of course) lots and lots of selfies to help you drop the phone and start working up a sweat.


Shauna Harrison (@Shauna_Harrison)

A graduate of Stanford, UCLA, and Johns Hopkins with a Ph.D. in Public Health, Dr. Shauna likes to infuse her yoga and general wellness advice with a love for hip-hop.


Katie Willcox (@katiehwillcox)

Author of Healthy Is the New Skinny, Katie Wilcox resists a singular ideal of beauty in favor of health in whatever form it takes. She posts body-positive workouts, affirmations, and candids from her busy life as a mother and public speaker that reinforce her message that “you can hate yourself skinny, but you can’t hate yourself healthy or happy.”


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”I hate this, this sucks, I hate this, how long has it been?” ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ For the majority of my life that was my self-talk while running. No wonder I didn’t have success or enjoy the process. ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ 5 months ago, I set a goal to complete 100 boot camp classes that include 25 minutes of interval running per class. ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ I was out of shape, my lungs burned, my boobs hurt, and my body just never felt like it was built for running. (Especially not after having a baby.) ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ I realized that the reason I hated running wasn’t because I wasn’t built to be a runner. It was because running made me feel uncomfortable. Like many things in my life that come easy, running wasn’t something I could just do… And to be honest, that is annoying!😂 ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ Being conscious of my negative self-talk and the reason why I had a negative relationship with running allowed me to develop a new strategy. ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ First and foremost, I learned that I need a good pair of running shoes! I can honestly vouch for the @asics GEL-DS 24 trainers I have been running in all week. Changing shoes cured the foot pain I have been dealing with recently and makes the experience much more enjoyable. ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ Secondly, I stopped selling myself short of what I was capable of. I stopped being the ”Negative Nancy” in the room and I started to encourage myself when things got hard! ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ Lastly, I am becoming more comfortable with being uncomfortable. I am still showing up, I am still pushing myself to run 2+ miles per day, and I am ok with it being difficult. I am feeling the struggle and I am accepting it because I realize those are the moments that make me stronger! ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ If you want to start running I am here to root you on! Head to my stories to swipe up and shop my @asics trainers from @zappos to get started💪 and let’s get running together! ⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀ #ad #asics #ZapppoStyle #katiehwillcox #healthyisthenewskinny #run

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Andrea Rogers (@andreaxtendbarre)

Andrea is the effervescent creator of Xtend Barre on Openfit. On Instagram, she alternates instructional videos with inspirational quotes and calls to action that eschew drill sergeant bullying for kindness and encouragement. Learn more about Andrea here.


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Get up. Stand up. Don’t give up. 💥 #morningmood

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Amanda Sullivan (@crutching_tigress)

Amanda Sullivan is a former missionary and aid worker who lost her leg after being struck by a car. She hasn’t let her loss or her crutches (hence her Insta handle) stop her from being a total badass. We’re talking a marathon-running, obstacle-course-race-conquering badass.


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Crossing the finish line, after completing my VERY FIRST RACE POST-AMPUTATION!!!!!!! 💥💥💥⁣ ⁣ I felt like I could fly. I felt like my crutches were touching the pillars of Heaven, where my Mom was definitely throwing a celebratory party for me. ⁣ ⁣ Over the last few weeks, as my recovery grew more painful, both physically and emotionally, I realized that I was still holding onto anger. Anger towards the man who ran me over & altered the path of my life forever. ⁣ ⁣ As my soul absorbed the encouragement, positivity and love from my fellow @spartan racers on Saturday’s course, I remembered something I had forgotten.⁣ ⁣ The man who ran me over was responsible for my initial injuries, ten years ago. But, everything else, from that moment on, was on me. My injuries weren’t the problem.⁣ ⁣ MY ATTITUDE WAS.⁣ ⁣ When I crossed that finish line, a feat I had zero intention of accomplishing (I came to the race venue to cheer my friends on, as a spectator lol) it dawned on me:⁣ ⁣ I not only had COMPLETELY forgiven the man behind the wheel of the car that crushed my body. But, I was THANKING him, in this moment, for giving me the opportunity to continually RISE.⁣ ⁣ This goes far beyond surgeries and race medals. Everything came together in the most perfect way at the final stretch of the Citifield course.⁣ ⁣ It was the absolute CLEANSING of my SOUL. I have every single moment, both good & bad, to Thank for preparing me for THIS moment. I may have already lost a few toes, an ankle, most of my shin bone and a calf in 2019. ⁣ ⁣ But, on April 13th, I was released from the prison, which enslaved my soul for over ten years. I can’t wait to see where the next ten years will take me, now that I’m finally “free”. ⁣ ⁣ I hope you’re able to forgive in 2019. Your soul deserves to be free, as well 🔥

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Alex Honnold (@alexhonnold)

Alex Honnold’s Instagram bio says it all: “Climbing!!” Yes, his feed is very activity-specific, but if you ever needed inspiration for getting out of the house or gym and into some all-natural athletics, this account will do the trick.


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So stoked to realize a life dream today 🙂 @jimmy_chin photo

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Alyssa Reyes (@Alyssa_fit_rd)

Alyssa Reyes is a registered dietician, WBFF Fitness pro, and pint-sized power lifter whose account flips nicely from the gym to diet tips/sample dishes to her own candid personal journey (and admitted struggles).


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My 8 year transformation. • Top Left 2010 – about 110 pounds, cardio 👑. Just slowly getting into lifting • Top Middle 2014 – 4 week from my first powerlifting meet, still doing cardio but less, 123 pounds • Top Right 2017 – my first bodybuilding comp & WBFF Pro Card! Powerlifting gave my Muscle & confidence! 115 pounds • Bottom Left April 2018 – at the end of my first bulk, 136 pounds • Bottom Middle August 2018 – WBFF Pro debut, top 12 at worlds, 115 pound just like my first show 9 months prior but shredded with A LOT more muscle • Bottom right current – at the top of my bulk, 140 pounds, heavier but leaner then my last bulk = gains 💪 • My goals changed, I grew mentally, physically, and emotionally, challenged myself daily, pushed myself outside my comfortable zone to grow, learn and be a better me! • Next! WBFF London or AC 2019!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . #transformationtuesday #progress #progressnotperfection #wbff #wbffpro #motivation #fitnessmotivation #fitnessmodel #powerlifting #summer #gains #shredded #abs #workout #training #gymlife #gym#gymmotivation #california #jerseyshore #quads #legday #girlswholift #girlswhoworkout #nutrition

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Bespoke Treatments (@bespoketreatments)

Although focused more on physical therapy than straight fitness, this site is nonetheless worth a follow for their frequent advice on how to avoid injury during workouts and also how to get the most out of whatever you’re doing without unnecessary pain and strain.


Hannah Bronfman (@hannahbronfman)

Not only is Hannah a global ambassador for adidas, she’s also a DJ. So her feed is filled with images that inspire you to get up and get moving in every sense of the word. Whether it’s an intense workout or a FOMO-inducing party, Hannah is worth the follow.


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I know you guys are super curious about about my routines. My morning routines, gym routines, my skincare routines…the truth is, for me routines are about prioritizing in a realistic way that fits my schedule. I hear so many ppl say, “I need to be at the gym at 7am every day” and then when you miss it, you’ve failed. This type of rigid goal sets you up for failure. If you take a more nuanced approach – say, “I’m going to do a workout 3x this week” – you will make the priority to fit them in, whether it’s 7am, your lunch break or after work. I sit with my calendar and schedule workouts on Sunday night for the whole week, just like I would meetings or appointments. Once you get in the habit of prioritizing, the routine will come naturally. More in #DoWhatFeelsGood – T-4 days!

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Joe Holder (@Ochosystem)

A personal trainer to the stars (his bio links to a video of him training supermodel Naomi Campbell), Joe Holder’s account shows him in the gym, at the playground, at points near and far around the world — but it gets across the message that fitness is a lifestyle and not something you do once a week.


Emily Furey (@emfurey)

UK-based trainer Emily “Em” Furey has an energetic Instagram life, full of motivational exercise videos and a healthy dose of travel porn and even some food posts. If she figures out how to bottle her energy, she’ll have it made.


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I had to sacrifice something and it wasn’t gonna be my legs. Sorry wall ball 😅🤷🏼‍♀️ • Proud of who I am and who I am becoming. 💭 I posted a story earlier yesterday that said ‘honour your pace’. The reason for this is due to the constant need for our human brains to compare to others, and I believe this is something we all do but hopefully by me spreading that little quote, I’ve helped you not compare your journey to anyone else’s even if it’s just for this moment. I’m not just talking about in the gym but in your success and maybe your relationships; or anything that factors into your life that you may compare with others. Worrying is a waste of time, and comparing just steals your focus. So by honouring your pace, you should believe you’re where you need to be. And as long as you are working towards where you want to be, that is what should keep driving you to your goals. Have a beaut Thursday and keep smashing it ❤️ Shot from my shoot with @mrholmesphotography 👌🏼

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Rachael Mariotti (@rachelmariotti)

With an M.A. in Applied Psychology on her resume, Rachel is about total fitness for body and mind. In addition to workout suggestions, tips, and how-to videos, she talks frequently about keeping her mind sharp, too.


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CORE 💥💥💥. Let’s actually call it Betsy because “core” is tired and needs a break. Betsy now, she needs constant work and she can’t do it all, all of the time. So she has friends she trusts. Her friends are dope here they are:⁣ ⁣ 👉 Brucey Bruce⁣ 👉 Shay Love⁣ 👉 Cam⁣ ⁣ Brucey has a big personality and likes to do things big, he’s also a great hugger. Shay Love is the artsy one, she usually brings more people into the group because of her spontaneity. And Cam, she’s an introvert but a silent beast… she knows what she’s doing. Good people and variety is key to give you new ideas and perspectives.. ya know what I’m sayin????? Betsy is in good hands.⁣ ⁣ happy Friday y’all show some lurrrrve ❤️💜💙🧡

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Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock)

Have you heard of this guy? Yes, The Rock himself chronicles his fitness journey — including photos of his epic “cheat day” meals — as he moves from home to movie set, where he has an entire crew construct a gym for him wherever he goes. So, you know, relatable (but still fun).