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Inspiring Fitness Women to Follow on Instagram

Apps, personal trainers, OrangeTheory, CrossFit, boot camps, at-home programs… there are endless options for you to grow in your fitness journey.

I’m a simple gym person who likes to workout at my own pace lifting weights, but gym intimidation is a real thing that I had to overcome when I first started going. You’re surrounded by people who look so comfortable & confident and you feel out of place… but guess what? They had to start somewhere too. Know what else is great? Everyone is focusing on themselves and their journey—unless you don't follow gym etiquette and re-rack your weights or you're not giving someone their space, they probably won't even pay attention to what you're doing ha!

What helped me get over my gym intimidation? Women with Instagram fitness accounts.

Yup! I just started following a bunch of women who posted their workouts (a lot of them are local or are from Indiana, by the way!). I saved their posts in my Instagram Bookmarks and referenced them when I was at the gym so I didn't feel lost or unsure of what to do next.

TIP: Create different Collections in your Instagram Saved section—Legs, Back, Shoulders, Abs, Chest, etc. That way when you’re at the gym you can quickly go to that section and pick a workout to do.

You know what’s most important? YOU’RE THERE. You’re prioritizing your health and that’s the ultimate goal.

There are A TON of inspiring fit women on Instagram, but these are the handful that helped me (and still do)! They all have a story about why they started lifting and prioritizing fitness. I hope they inspire yours too!



Ashlen Sandefur [@ashlensandefur]

Ashlen is a LVFT model and she lives in Indiana! This local inspiration has 270K+ followers and shoulder workouts that will keep you sore for days!



Danielle Waltman [@daniellewaltman] 

Danielle is a mom of 2 (soon to be 3) and YES she's still in the gym every day until that baby comes! Her fitness journey is so much fun to follow!

P.S. Danielle’s originally from Indiana too! Love our local fitness ladies!



Laura Novotny [@laurajulaine] 

Laura's always beaming & energetic, but once she has her protein coffee in the morning, she’s unstoppable! You'll find a lot of workouts she posts you can do from anywhere—home, a hotel room while traveling, outside when it's nice...

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Here’s a TOUGHHHHH full body intense workout for you to try! This functional training and training like an athlete has had me feeling AMAZING lately.🤩🤩 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyone else every try something new and feel like a fire is lit inside them?!? That’s me right now!!!😎 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Time for a little work and then a little fun for @fitfatandallthat ’s BIRFFFDAYYYY!!! I hope you all have a MAGICAL Sunday!!!💓💓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Circuit A: 1. 20 second side plank each side, on leg on the bench will burnnn your adductors 2. Hanging side to side knee tucks x16 total 3. Alternating DB Chest press on Medicine Ball Circuit B: 1. 30 second battle ropes 2. 30 second banded shuffles (switch side to side) Circuit C: 1. Single arm kettlebell swings x10 each arm 2. Wall Balls x10 3. Lateral ball slams x16 total Core: 1. 30 second hollow rock (not videoed) 2. 10 knee grabs 3. 10 opposite leg to arm plank outs (? Made up this name lol) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @apexhumanperformance @austinbrowe @dnlfit

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Sami B [@leanmachine21]

She's is a nurse but she decided to follow her passion in fitness full time by creating her own fitness clothing line, P’tula, and it took off! From personal experience, I highly recommend her leggings. They’re the softest I’ve ever owned, they’re squat-proof, and some even have side pockets for your phone! Follow @ptulaactive for her clothing, and her personal account above for the BEST leg workouts (with commentary explaining each move)!

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SOUND ON 🔉 for additional commentary on this amazing single leg quadset that I really want you all to do in your next lower body workout !! ⠀ ⠀ I love love LOVE single leg moves. Why? Because my dominating leg doesn’t overpower or overcompensate for my weaker leg (yep we all have one stronger than the other). These help you really delve into the mind/muscle connection because you’re focusing on one leg instead of two!! ⠀15 REPS EACH LEG & 5 SETS EACH CLIP . 💜💜 ⠀ Give these moves a try and listen to the commentary for best movement, best body mechanics and other tips. And pleaseee don’t forget to DOUBLE TAP 💕 and let me know if you enjoyed this video.. ⠀ ⠀ Outfit is by @ptulaactive. Both items dropping very soon!!! 💜💜 #ptulaactive #ptula #motivate #inspire #workouts #fitnessmotivation #gymmotivation #homeworkout

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Meg [@megmo7]

Meg's a fitness coach and has your back—literally—she'll make sure your back gets its workout in!  

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One thing I’ve taken away from my workouts over the past several years is that motivation might not always be there. Rest/take a break when needed, but in some instances you have to rely solely on the reality of the situation to get you grooving. You HAVE to keep your purpose(s) in the forefront of your mind and have realistic expectations of what it takes to fulfill that purpose. . We’re so obsessed with an end goal and immediate gratification that we forget the grit. The grit is the hard work, the consistency and SHOWING UP for yourself. THAT should remain your focus, and on days when you’re not feeling motivated, dig into that grit. . If you go into a workout telling yourself it’s gonna suck, well, it probably will. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Go into a workout telling yourself you’re going to push past your negative thoughts and embrace your strength + resilience, and you just might have the best workout you’ve had in awhile. . On that note, grab a barbell, some DB’s and let’s build that back + sprinkle 🍩 in some biceps too💪🏼 aim for 3 sets 10-12 reps (each side for unilateral movements) . Wide grip lat pulldown Landmine rows Single arm landmines Bent over barbell rows Underhand pulldown Plate curls - hammer/inner Cable hammers . Online 💻 training + coaching 💪🏼 link in profile . Workout fueled by @pescience 🦄 HIGH VOLUME (megmo saves you dough on any PES or @mandabees_headband order xo) 🤗 Bra and leggings are @Lululemon 🍋

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Janel (and Jake) Banwart [@bodybybanwart]

Another local Indiana find! This husband & wife duo share a passion for fitness and it's encouraging to see them working on it together not only for themselves, but for their family. If you and your partner are looking for inspo together, Jake & Janel are here for you!

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Didn't follow our lifting plan. Ended up just playing around. And you know what? That's OKAY. • Goals are great. Plans are awesome. But some days it's not about setting PR's and pushing's about building relationships and filling your cup. • We are so thankful for our relationship and our shared passion for fitness. Not only is it good for our health, but it has been so great for our relationship and our marriage. Thanks for following our sappy (and happy) journey of fitness ups and downs y'all. Don't forget that you are loved. • • • #love #faith #goals #plans #pr #fit #fitness #igfit #instafit #fitfam #fitspio #fitcouple #coupleswholift #bodybuilding #fitgirl #dadbod #fitparents #parents #relationships ---------- Oh! And thank you to the other couples who share the same passions and build others up through social media, too! We tagged some of you as encouragement to keep doing it!

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Kelsey Wells [@kelseywells]

Have you heard of the app SWEAT? This is one of their trainers! She posts a ton of great full body blast workouts that are easy to do with limited equipment.



Tay Dilk [@taychayy]

Taylor spent a couple years in Indiana and went to Carmel High School—she's now living in Colorado as a fitness Instagram influencer and CEO of the Balance Athletica clothing line. She has a variety of workouts that can be done at the gym or at home so you always have inspo wherever you are!

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📚BOOKMARK for later 📚 Copperhead Pants in action 💃🏻 during my back and biceps workout! Did this workout yesterday and today my upper bod is FRIED lol! Anyways... this is prob my FAVE combo of pants/top in the new @balanceathletica Kingdom Collection and i can finally run around town in them i am so stoked 😂🙌🏽 yay!!⁣ #findyourbalance ⁣ Back/bi’s:⁣ 1️⃣Hammer Curls: 10 reps each side (try not to swing the weight up and tighten core!): 4 sets⁣ 2️⃣Bicep Curls: 12 reps; 4 sets⁣ 3️⃣Single Arm Lat Pull Down (squeeze the lat the entireeee way): 12 reps; 4 sets⁣ 4️⃣Straight Arm Lat Pull Down: 12 reps; 4 sets⁣ 5️⃣Bent Over Plated Row (keep back as flat as a core! Abs tight!): 12 reps; 4 sets⁣ ⁣ PS me and @laurajulaine are LIVE streaming our at home workout tonight at 6pm MT!!! Go on my story to swipe up OR go to ❤️ see you soooon!

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