As a black woman, I’m often discouraged scrolling through #fitspo accounts on Instagram because my body type is more muscular—and if I’m being totally honest, more jiggly—than most. So I’m always on the hunt for other black women who are devoted to the fit life to inspire my personal goals. And the celebrity trainers, fitness instructors, and professional athletes ahead will definitely get you motivated to start moving.
Whether you’re into yoga, running, weight lifting, or pole dancing (yes, pole dancing), there is someone you can relate to on this list. These women also represent a variety of body shapes and sizes, because there’s no one-size-fits-all rulebook to fitness. Of course, the most important thing is finding a routine that fits your lifestyle and keeps you energized. And these pros will give you plenty of ideas for new workout moves to try. Get ready to sprinkle some #blackgirlmagic all over your Instagram feed.
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Double-tap on trainer Elisabeth Akinwale's account (@eakinwale) if CrossFit is your go-to workout. You'll get inspired by her weight lifting and strength training examples.
Follow Jessamyn Stanley (@mynameisjessamyn) for yoga motivation that features all shapes and sizes. She's a certified yoga instructor and a constant source of body-positive energy.
Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland's (@traco4) feed is packed with bendy yoga moves and fun dance videos.
SoulCycle instructor Selena Watkins (@selenawatkins) fills her feed with dance workouts that will inspire you to get up and move.
Tamara Pridgett's feed (@tamsgoinham) is the perfect mix of gorgeous running trails and gym shots from her strength training routines. She’s also been kind enough to lend us her fit fabulousness for a bunch of amazing workout videos here at SELF.
Hannah Bronfman (@hannahbronfman) gives her followers a peek into all the latest fitness classes in NYC. Plus, there are partner workout ideas featuring Hannah and her fiancé.
Personal trainer Massy Arias (@massy.arias) documents all her best workouts and meals on her Instagram feed. So you can easily save her posts for recipe and exercise inspiration.
If running a marathon is your fitness goal, double-tap on Latoya Shauntay Snell's Instagram account (@iamlshauntay). This ultramarathoner records videos of her daily workouts, and she's also a chef, so there are plenty of food pics, too.
Fitness model Lauren Williams (@lajoy224) shares scenes from her photo shoots and all the workout sessions that fall in between.
Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) is one of the hardest-working women in the tennis game. Plus, she posts pics of her FOMO-inducing off-the-court exploits.
Sasha Exeter (@sashaexeter) is a Canadian blogger who focuses her feed on fitness and fashion, meaning there's equal parts heels and HIIT.
Rachael Weathers (@yogarachael) fills her feed with videos of yoga sequences that you can try at home.
Bree Branker (@breebranks) is an indoor cycling instructor and fitness model. On her feed, you can find exercise ideas that you can do at home or in the gym. You can also see Bree killing it in our SELF New Year's Challenge videos.
Celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins (@msjeanettejenkins) works with stars like Tina Knowles and Pink. And at least once a week, she uploads a new strength training video or cardio sequence to get you moving.
Roz Mays (@rozthediva) will awaken your inner Sasha Fierce. She often shares video clips from her pole dancing classes on her Instagram account.
Natasha Hastings (@natashahastings) is an Olympic gold medalist in track & field. And her feed has much more than running, there's also strength workouts and gear porn.
Lita Lewis (@followthelita) uploads a mix of inspirational quotes and workout combinations to get your motivated for the gym.
Sloane Stephens (@sloanestephens) is an up-and-coming tennis star who fills her feed with sweat-inducing workouts and delicious food photos.
One look at ballerina Misty Copeland's Instagram (@mistyonpointe), and you'll be inspired to pick up your dancing shoes again.
Brooklyn Nets host Ally Love (@allymisslove) will add #hairgoals to your #fitspo.