Social media has opened up a whole new world of fitness motivation to get people everywhere in the best shape of their lives. Fitness influencers are trending, in part, because health and fitness hold one of the top spots in the minds of millions.
From connecting us with a community of like-minded individuals to providing us with fun workouts and inspiring #goals, these top women influencers are changing the conversation from simply looking good to gaining a deeper sense of self through fitness. If you’re looking for motivation to hit your next fitness goal, try following one of these notable trendsetters.
With nearly 2 million followers on her YouTube channel, Yoga With Adriene, Adriene Mishler is taking the yoga and fitness world by storm. The actress leads her followers to develop their practice, increase their flexibility, strengthen their connection to self and ultimately feel better. Her accessible 30-minute yoga routines and 2017’s “Revolution” videos series challenge viewers to strengthen their yoga practice and achieve that coveted consistency.
Jennipher Walters and Kristen Seymour
Real health isn’t about keeping yourself from enjoying life or food. Run by Jennipher Walters and Kristen Seymour, the website Fit Bottomed Girls reminds us, and their 21,000 Instagram followers, that you don’t have to deprive yourself to feel and look your best. This blog-turned-brand has been making waves with its health positive, self-loving message, generating offshoots aimed at moms, nutrition, yoga and meditation.
With appearances on Good Morning America and Dr. Oz, this fitness and health expert, Forbes columnist, consultant, author and entrepreneur has developed a powerful brand all about sustainability. Jennifer Cohen ditches the fads to take a no-nonsense approach to fitness and health that encourages us (and her nearly 29,000 Twitter followers) on our personal fitness journeys. The fitness guru and author of Strong is the New Skinny is all about making workouts a regular part of your life, wherever you are. And to her, that means more than training alone, because nutrition and mindset all play a part in ultimate health. Cohen leverages her expertise in the correlation between mindset and health to “help executives and entrepreneurs create lasting changes that propel their business and success.”
The fitness coach, author and creator of the Eat. Lift. Thrive. movement dedicates her powerlifting prowess, human biology degree from Stanford and strength and conditioning certification for the good. She’s a contributor for BodyBuilding.com, and her expertise has been featured in SHAPE, Livestrong, Yahoo! Health, and on her 136,000 follower-strong Instagram page.
Former Australian pole vaulter Amanda Bisk may have laid down the pole after fighting chronic fatigue, but she hasn’t stopped being a motivation to us all. She’s still rallying crowds, only this time online through her robust fitness community and 698,000 Instagram followers. Today, she’s an elite athletic coach, yoga teacher, exercise physiologist and motivator for people around the world who want to get and stay healthy. Bisk’s 12-week workout plan and motivation guide Fresh Body Fit Mind are rallying a community of enthusiasts ready for transformation.
Gigi Hadid has walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway and hosted the American Music Awards. But this supermodel proves that she isn’t just fabulous; she’s super fit, too. She pumps herself up by boxing, engaging the fitness community as a brand ambassador for Reebok and staying in touch with her 39.3 million Instagram followers. While Hadid’s brand might not be about fitness per-se, there’s no denying she’s one fit top model who keeps her fitness routines a priority—and motivates you to do the same.
Tennis champion Serena Williams is unapologetically strong and fit in a culture that has long upheld thin frames as the peak of fitness and beauty. Her 7.9 million Instagram followers wouldn’t have it any other way. Whether crushing it on the court, sharing her biggest challenges in her HBO documentary or encouraging society to rethink female strength and beauty, Williams is winning more than just her latest match.
This fitness guru is definitely trending. With 12 million Instagram followers, Jen Selter has transformed her original feed of backside selfies into a community of fitness enthusiasts eager to embrace her fitness plans, food tips and motivational lifestyle messages.
These women aren’t just upping the fitness game and transforming bodies around the globe. They’re also reshaping the world with positive views about health, self, body image and life—and making us all the better for it.