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No matter where you are, you can always feel like you’re ready to hit the gym for a killer workout if you have a smartphone and an Instagram account.
The social media platform is the go-to space for everyone when they want to post about their health and fitness. Pro trainers and amateur jocks alike can share pics and videos of their workouts, training plans, fails, and triumphs. Gym buddies aren’t just for spotting anymore—since everyone wants their best shot for the ‘Gram, your training partners might double as photographers and videographers, too.
On those tough days when the demands of life make it impossible to get a workout in, or the difficult times when you struggle to fire up the willpower to work out, it helps to get some extra motivation from the pros. With that in mind, we’ve lined up the best fitness accounts you should be following on Instagram.
You’ll find a healthy mix of bodyweight exercises, cardio, mobility moves, strength training, and a whole lot of abs and sweat. These men and women don’t just show off their jaw-dropping muscle definition for their own gratification—they’ll inspire you to get moving, too.
DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON
Simply put, The Rock is one of our fitness heroes. His workouts are brutal (and sometimes they include chains), he motivates his fans to work as hard as they can, and sometimes, he even shares his bonkers workout routines for those brave enough to give them a try. Look no further than his Instagram account if you need a kick in the ass today.
Eb is worth a follow beyond the fact that he’s our Fitness Director—although that certainly doesn’t hurt his case. He’s also a top-tier trainer who posts multiple new workouts per week (which you can find in our Eb & Swole series) and a Men’s Health program, New Rules of Muscle, under his belt.
Lauren Fisher’s CrossFit workouts will give you plenty of reason to go pick up a barbell. The six-time CrossFit Games competitor fills her feed with pics and videos of her training, competitions, and travels.
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Ever wonder who helps to push celebrities into the ridiculously good shape needed to play a superhero at the movies? Don Saladino, an NYC-based fitness master, is one of the trainers behind the transformations of Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Sebastian Stan, David Harbour, and others. He shares workout moves to his account daily to give his followers a chance to suit up for their own superhero bodies, too.
Meet Emily Skye—Australian trainer, fitness model, mom, and one of our favorite women in fitness. Her determination, positive attitude, and killer circuits go a long way when all you want to do is veg out on the couch. Don’t believe us? Try one of her bodyweight workouts for yourself.
Interested in untraditional workouts with dumbbells, clubs, and more? Eric Leija, aka primal.swoledier, is well worth a follow for routines that will get you moving in whole new ways.
One of our go-to trainers and author of the Men’s Health book The Maximus Body, Maximus is a former policeman and UFC fighter who brings a no-excuses attitude to his fitness routine (and his Instagram presence). Follow him for those days you don’t think you’ll be able to make your goals work—because he’ll remind you he’s doing it every damn day.
Gideon Akande has a charisma that can’t be beat. The former Golden Gloves champion and Men’s Health Next Top Trainer posts versatile training techniques that are high energy, super fun, and insanely effective. Try his workouts once and we promise you’ll be hooked.
While he’s best known as Britney Spears’ beau for the moment, Sam Asghari is also an up-and-coming actor and fitness model with serious workout chops. He and Spears post partner workout clips that go viral—but Asghari’s solo workouts are nothing to scoff at on their own.
We can’t get enough of Hannah Eden. Not only does she run PumpFit Club, a personal group training facility in Florida, but she also keeps her followers motivated by posting full-body workouts that will leave you dripping in sweat.
Björnsson is famous for his role as “The Mountain” in Game of Thrones—but he’s also the reigning World’s Strongest Man. He can deadlift over 1,000 pounds and takes his fitness so seriously that he’s been known to down liquid chicken shakes. You don’t need to go that hard, but we’re pretty sure nothing will make you want to work out more than seeing The Mountain pump some iron.
If you train at home with little to no equipment, you have to check out Charlee Atkins’ workouts. The SoulCycle Master Instructor and strength and conditioning specialist is a maestro of minimalism, posting routines to IG (and sharing them with us through the Try Her Move series) that can work for just about anyone, anywhere.
You’ve never seen yoga like this before. If you’re looking to improve your mobility, let LA-based yoga instructor Dylan Werner be your inspiration. His body tends to defy gravity and he’s the king of casually balancing his entire body weight on one arm.
Winner of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games, Mat Fraser is considered one of the fittest men on earth. Like any CrossFit enthusiast, his commitment to fitness is unwavering—and now yours will be, too.
Alexia Clark is a personal trainer who caters to all fitness levels and constantly switches things up. Bonus: She loves utilizing different types of equipment. Whether it’s a medicine ball, dumbbells, a mini band, battle ropes, or a weight plate—you name it, she’s posted inventive exercises with it.
The creator of the Insanity workouts is a must-follow on Instagram. After scrolling through his feed, you’ll receive a daily reminder that Shaun T’s six-pack is unreal. You’ll find everything from workouts tips, his clients’ before and after transformations, and inspiring captions to fuel your fitness fire. (Check out the one lesson that turned Shaun T into a fitness mogul.)
Curtis Williams will help you kick your routine up a notch. This former Baltimore Ravens player is now an elite performance coach and has his own training program. His exercises are designed to enhance your athleticism—so they’re high energy, challenging, and empowering.
Ben Booker is the owner and founder of Second Chance Fitness, a 24-hour gym in Illinois. Anyone willing to run a gym that let’s people come in and work out at any hour of the day gets our stamp of approval.
Massy Arias is an inked-up, shredded personal trainer who ends every one of her workout posts with a dance. The fit mom shares her plans with her followers in English and Spanish — so if you’re bilingual and love to cap your hard work with fun, she’s definitely worth the follow.
This Men’s Health Next Top Trainer and Peloton Tread instructor will help you switch things up when your routine gets dull. Speer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, has abs so impressive it’s hard to believe they’re real—seeing those results alone should have you packing your gym bag now.
Come for the laughs, stay for the fitness. Kevin Hart has quickly become one of our favorite online motivators. The comedian has no time for your excuses—so check out one of his killer Instagram workouts if you want to work up a sweat.
This CrossFit legend won the “Fittest Man on Earth” title four times. Need we say more?
You haven’t seen mobility until you’ve witnessed California-based trainer Hunter Cook stretch. The man contorts his body like no one else and exhibits great strength in the process. Plus, his bulldog makes the occasional appearance on his feed, and no one can complain about that.
There’s a reason Kenneth Gallarzo, vice president of the World Calisthenics Organization, has nearly half a million Instagram followers. His posts will show you how to use your own body weight to work out harder and longer to give you the muscle definition you’re after—even if you don’t have access to pricey equipment.
Arizona-based trainer Jeremy Scott has the ultra-lean, muscular body most guys would kill for—and his Instagram is a documentation of the hard work required to achieve it. He posts daily about what he’s up to in the gym and what he puts on his plate—usually simple meals that consist of only protein and vegetables. It clearly works for him.
This former coal miner is now all about iron. Gregory was a competitive powerlifter and fitness model who now serves as an online trainer and entrepreneur—but that doesn’t mean that he’ll ever miss a workout.
If there’s a bangin’ celebrity body out there, Gunnar Peterson probably had something to do with it. He’s worked with countless NFL and NBA athletes and big name celebrities like Khloe Kardashian. Also, J Lo says he’s the best trainer she ever had—and who are we to argue with those results?
Jeanette Jenkins is all about athleticism. Her clientele includes NFL stars, NBA champions, and Olympic gold medalists. You don’t have to be a pro to follow her workouts, though. Her feed is full of step-by-step workouts that anyone can try.
Bret Conteras is no joke: He’s a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a Ph.D. in sports science. And yes, people call him the “Glute Guy,” so we know who you’ll be turning to on your next leg day.
After New-York based personal trainer Jay Maryniak placed first in a CrossFit competition, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes—but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his love for fitness. The man loves to mix things up with kickboxing, gymnastics, strength training, cardio, and more.
Through his fitness career, Mike Marchese has experimented with bodybuilding, martial arts, gymnastics, powerlifting, and more. He loves throwing a mix of circuits, high intensity interval training, and calisthenics at his clients—so check him out if you’re looking to rev up your routine.
When he’s not hanging out in front of the camera as a fitness model, Rob Evans is in the gym as a boxer and personal trainer. He’s passionate about helping people of all body types and fitness levels. The challenging workouts in his feed will make you feel inspired, and his words of encouragement will motivate you to actually give them a shot.
For NYC-based Nike trainer Joe Holder, fitness isn’t about the glory, it’s about pushing other people to achieve their goals, which genuinely makes him happy. That’s a trainer we can appreciate.
Ricky Warren is the head coach and founder of Bodyweight Gurus in London, a calisthenics strength and power workshop. He specializes in mixed martial arts and his fitness feats are impressive—but you’ll find a huge range of moves to add into your own circuits.