It’s intimidating to step into the world of fitness blogs. There don’t seem to be many bloggers who represent the majority of us: beginners, perhaps novices, who want to be able to eat the foods we like in moderation, and who can’t dedicate hours to the gym every day. We have jobs, dammit!
Many fitness blogs focus on certain types of eating (vegan, vegetarian, paleo) or very specific types of workouts (yoga, Crossfit, pilates, extreme gym goers). There’s nothing wrong with that.
The advantage of following fitness experts is for extensive knowledge and training on the topic they are posting about. If you’re looking on nutritional advice or how to do an exercise, certified dietitians and personal trainers have the education to support their claims.
But sometimes the average person prefers to mix it up, not only with styles of workouts but also with levels. We crave fitness enthusiasts who are a little more like us to begin with.
Many people feel like they can’t keep up or relate to the people they are looking at on Instagram. (This does not include people who follow simply for the visual experience. I’m talking those of us who want to learn health tips and implement them into our lives.) When we can’t spend hours at the gym obtaining identical biceps, it’s hard to follow a blogger who does.
Further, some fitness and beauty bloggers are paid and sponsored by companies to endorse their products or methods. If a blogger is heavily endorsing a special tea or “detox wrap,” err on the side of caution. They’re not here strictly to help you, nor should product advice be seen as universally advisable to every person.
We’ve compiled a list of bloggers who share their experience and present it in a way that is relatable. Keep in mind, not all are experts, some are simply “enthusiasts.” But you may find their approaches more inspiring nonetheless. The next time you consider skipping the gym, you won’t feel like the only person to give in to temptation.
Rarely have we seen a fitness blog post recipes for cheesy pasta, but this one from Shonda looks amazing. The 39-year-old mother of two believes in “no gym, no problem” and helps inspire people with workout routines that can be done at home, via Instagram. She also has a separate account just for sharing her amazing recipes. Shonda shows that there’s no need for deprivation when trying to eat healthy.
Jordan is relatively new to the fitness blogging world but began to post more about her routines when her Tumblr followers asked, “What’s your secret?” What we love about her is how honest and funny she is; this hilarious video of her speaking French to dodge a catcalling creep got her a lot of attention on Tumblr. In between squats and crazy back workouts, she posts funny quotes or delicious looking brunch with friends — a great balance.
We can’t wait to see what comes next for this fitness blogger. Shifflett has been featured on the TODAY website and People magazine after losing a total of 166 pounds. Being overweight most of his life, Shifflett understands how much work is required to make a total life transformation. He’s going to school for personal training, and posts a lot of his inspiration and workouts to Instagram. But our favorite video comes from Austin’s Facebook page, where he says, “Obviously I want to help hundreds even thousands of people and hopefully I do, but just reaching out to one person and at least giving them what I’ve gotten would mean everything to me.”
Mays was seen on America’s Got Talent: Season 10 and received a lot of criticism as a plus size pole dancer. But, she is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and combines pole dancing, total body resistance exercises and core conditioning to make crazy fun workouts. Check out a sample of her workouts here. Her positive attitude, kindness and peppiness are absolutely infectious.
5. Izzy aka itsahealthylifestyle
This Swiss blogger has been documenting her journey recovering from anorexia for six years. Her writing is so deeply personal it becomes relatable regardless if you’ve had an eating disorder, especially this post about struggling with self esteem. Izzy is a beautiful story of how strength and perseverance, as well physical and mental health (not appearance) should matter most.
You may recognize Jessamyn because of her popularity on Instagram and Tumblr. She was even featured on GMA. It’s not often you see a plus size certified yoga instructor. One of the most important part of Jessamyn’s teachings to her classes is “how do you feel?” not “how do you look?” Her story of how she began her practice and how yoga helped her in ways more than just physical will inspire you to always give something a shot. You may wind up liking it the second time around.
7. Jessi Kneeland
Kneeland has a very interesting approach to fitness as well as body positivity. She believes you can combine the two. She maintains that it’s no one’s business what you do with your “damn body,” and believes exercise should be a source of empowerment, not punishment. This refreshing take on fitness encourages rather than damns those who don’t want to be gym rats. She’s even given a TEDTalk about her experience trying to incorporate self-love into fitness. Oh and did we mention she’s buds with Orange is the New Black cutie Matt McGorry?