The female fitness influencers you need to follow*

*For sensible, fad-free advice that won’t leave you with a fridge filled with water

Are you tired of diet industry bullshit on Instagram? Good, because I am too. There have been a few incidents recently that have left me shaking my head with despair. First up was Khloe Karadashian in peak double agent mode trying to sell us our self-consciousness in the form of a flat tummy shake. Hot on the heels of that were the UK reality TV stars caught out on camera admitting to not even using the ridiculous Skinny Coffee laxative drinks they regularly promote on social media. And don’t even get me started on Kim Kardashian and her fridge full of water. Honestly, the place is full of people who don’t appear to care about selling their soul for the sake of a quick #sponsoredpost pay cheque.

If that’s what you’re looking for then this blog post probably isn’t for you. I’ve unfollowed so many fitness and health bloggers recently because they post content which is unhealthy, unhelpful and actually pretty dangerous, all because they’re quite happy to profit from people’s insecurities. Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of it, and I’m planning on living this new decade free of bullshit. So without further ado, here are the female fitness influencers I follow on Instagram for sensible, informative advice that won’t have you pushing around lettuce leaves around your plate.

Alice Liveing

AKA the person who called out Adele’s personal trainer for her 1000 calorie diet plan this week. Amen to that. I’ve followed Alice for a while now and I’m a fan of her moderate and sensible approach to healthy living. She eats well and posts lots of super helpful workout videos, but she’s also realistic and isn’t afraid to be honest when the motivation to work out is low, or when she raids the biscuit cupboard at the end of the day. She also does a great range of affordable workout gear from Primark that I always seem to be kitted out in January. I just got some new fancy leggings on Saturday actually.

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My advice for anyone starting a fitness journey: ⁣ ⁣ January is a time when many people commence a fitness journey. Perhaps it’s joining the gym or trying out a new class for the first time. Whatever way you’re keeping active this January, here are some things to consider: ⁣ ⁣ 1. You’re probably going to be a little bit sore. ‘DOMS’ or delayed onset muscle soreness are likely to happen if you haven’t worked out in a while or are challenging muscles you don’t usually use. This is really normal, so please don’t panic but make sure you keep moving, stretch, hydrate, prioritise sleep and refuel well to aid recovery. ⁣ 2. You’re probably going to be a little bit hungrier. Exercise expends energy and for many, can spike their appetite, so opting for a nutritious post workout meal with a balance of protein and carbohydrates is a great way to avoid a big energy crash.⁣ 3. You won’t be amazing to begin with. Everyone has been a beginner once and it’s only through consistency of practice that we all get better. So don’t expect to be a pro from day one. Have patience with yourself and trust the process and then look back in six months time and see how far you’ve come. ⁣ 4. Remember rest days. It’s enticing to go ‘hell for leather’ at the start of your journey but did you know that this isn’t actually conducive to progress? The body needs rest to recover which in turn helps you to progress, so please remember that factoring these in are just as important as your training days. ⁣ 5. Enjoy it! This shouldn’t be a time for punishing your body. However you choose to move this January, make sure it comes from a positive place and that you enjoy the process. ⁣ ⁣ Tag anyone below who might find this useful! 💛💪🏻⁣ wearing #AliceLiveingXPrimark #Ad

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Gemma Atkinson

With so many people are looking for a the newest fad or quick fix, actress Gemma Atkinson brings a healthy dose of realness to the mix. Why? Because you only have to do a quick scroll on her Instagram to see that she does the work. She shows up to the gym, she pushes through the pain, and she gets it done – without being obsessive about it. I also love how much she mentions of her personal trainer ‘Evil Steve’ who always seems to be getting her to do just one more rep. For me, she just really inspires me to work out because it’s clear she actually enjoys the gym – while maintaining a sensible approach.

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Back to it today! My last training session was in Bilbao and I absolutely indulged over Christmas so this morning’s session was always going to be tough. People have asked me if I train over Christmas and the answer is No. I know people that do, and I know people that don’t 🤷🏼‍♀️ Everyone has their own mind and should decide what they want to do, but they should also be accountable for it. A lot of people decide not to train and eat loads over Christmas only to feel bad or guilty about it. Or even worse, they blame those that do decide to train for “making them feel bad” I sat on my couch Christmas Eve watching home alone with ice cream while a mate of mine FaceTimed me on her way back from the gym. Did I feel bad? Hell no! Did I accuse her of potentially “making me feel bad” absolutely not! It was my choice! I’ve said it a million times DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! It’s your life. Don’t sit and moan about the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t put in or the clean foods you chose not to eat. But also, on the other hand don’t put others down for choosing to live differently from you and your training regime. It’s extremely rare that one plan will fit all. If you want to train, cool! If you don’t want to train, cool! I do it because I feel better in myself for it. My energy levels improve and I’m in an all around better mood for me and my family. I enjoyed my down time for the last week but I started to feel sluggish, bloated and just a bit Blurgh 😖 So that for me is my sign to get myself back on the clean foods and back to “my therapy”… My training.

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Tally Rye

Tally is a breath of fresh air in a world of appetite suppressant ads and diet industry bullshit. Her ethos is all about exercising in a way that isn’t connected to the aesthetics of how you look or how much you weigh, and as someone who wholeheartedly hates tracking my workouts this is something I can really get behind. I don’t agree with everything she says – if I decided to eat intuitively I think I’d be eating bagels with cream cheese for the rest of my life – but I totally support what’s she’s doing. You don’t have to look a certain way to be fit and healthy and the more quickly we realise this the better.

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• A BIT ABOUT ME AND MY WORK • ⁣ So great to have some new faces here, so thought it was an opportunity to tell you a bit about me and what this page is about! ⁣ ⁣ I live in London with my lovely boyfriend @jackmilzy where I have worked as a PT for the last 5 years. ⁣ ⁣ I train 1-1 clients as well as teach Spin classes @digmefitness, host retreats with @replenishyou, co-host the Fit & Fearless podcast with @bbc5live + @thegirlgains and create content here too!⁣ Oh and I can now add AUTHOR too as my first book ‘Train Happy’ is out on January 9th 😱. ⁣ ⁣ Prior to my fitness career I went to drama school @ppacademymedia where I trained for 3 years in Musical Theatre. ⁣ It was here, about 7 years ago that I started this account, which was predominantly sharing what I ate to now being much more about fitness. ⁣ ⁣ Back then I wanted to get fit and healthy, however my understanding of fitness and health meant dieting, weight loss and achieving a certain aesthetic. ⁣ I naively copied what I saw my favourite fitness accounts online do which at the time was macro counting, body building and getting lean – this led to a disordered relationship with food and exercise that I have spent the last 5 years slowly healing from. ⁣ ⁣ My true healing came when I discovered Intuitive Eating through @laurathomasphd and @evelyntribole. ⁣ The framework of IE helped me truly understand what Diet Culture was and how it had impacted my view of fitness and nutrition.⁣ ⁣ The personal work I did gave me a new perspective and helped inform my professional work. ⁣ ⁣ I am passionate about helping others to have a peaceful relationship with fitness, food and body. ⁣ ⁣ I am an anti-diet weight inclusive PT, who focuses on the mental and physical benefits of exercise. ⁣ ⁣ My book ‘Train Happy’ discusses the concept of intuitive fitness and how we can step away from diet culture and get movement back on our own terms so that we can workout from a place of self care rather than self punishment. ⁣ ⁣ This picture is actually my headshot from the book! ⁣ Ahh I cannot wait for you to read it. ⁣ ⁣ Thanks so much for supporting my page – I can’t wait to share so much more with you in 2020 too 🙏🏻. ⁣ ⁣

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Which health and fitness influencers do you follow?

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