I’ve worked in a gym since the age of 19 and I’m in the final year of my physiotherapy degree, so I’ve always been passionate about health and fitness. I was originally reluctant to look to other health professionals as I felt “I should know this” but once I got rid of that silly attitude I realised how much I could learn from others. My exercise repertoire has grown massively and I regular throw ideas around with one of the personal trainers I work with, to create variations of exercises.
With so many people online to follow it can be very overwhelming and there are a lot of people giving out incorrect information. So here is my round-up of my favourites that I regularly look to for workout inspiration and motivation, whom also provide education to ensure you train the right way and avoid injury. I hope this inspires you to add some new accounts to you Instagram feed.
Grace Fit uk – I hadn’t exercised properly for over 6 months due to anxiety, so I was looking for a fitness inspiration online to get me back into exercise when I came across Grace and her fitness guide. I’ve worked in a gym for the past 4 years and have a personal training qualification, but the anxiety meant I had difficulties trying to plan gym session, the guide was so structured that it took away that problem. The guide got me back into exercising regularly and sent my confidence through the roof, I will always be thankful for that. Grace is such a positive person and has created such a positive community online, which is great to be part of. If you’re interested in weight training or growing a booty, Grace is the girl for you.
Shona Vertue – Is a personal trainer and yoga teacher. She recently bought out a book called The Vertue Method, it’s a 28 day reset plan, including mediation, exercise and food. The book is full of so much information, so you understand exactly what you are doing and why. Shona is huge advocate of being strong and healthy over aesthetic. If you want to learn more about exercise I strongly recommend purchasing her book or following her online. I’m going to start her re-set plan after my exams have finished.
Cat Meffan – I first discovered Cat when I took part in one of her yoga classes at Be Fit London in April this year. It was such a fun experience and she made yoga feel accessible, like anyone can do it. On her yoga channel she posts a mixture of yoga flows of varying styles and length of time, as well as Travel vlogs, hauls and personal videos. I love the variety of flows she offers, meaning you can pick one to suit your mood, and she is also a ray of sunshine. When I’m ever feeling stressed or in need of a good stretch I pop on one of her videos. If you want to get into yoga, or need some guidance, Cat is definitely one to follow.
Alice Liveing – formerly known as Clean Eating Alice. I bought Alice’s 3rd book, Everyday fitness. This book is perfect for beginners as she includes lots of education about the anatomy, so I highly recommend it. My favourite thing about Alice is she is perfect example you can be strong and weight train as a woman without being bulky. She has a wide variety of exercises and workouts on her Instagram with cues how to perform the exercise properly. I really enjoy her workouts, feeling I’ve worked hard without feeling exhausted. I practically have all her videos saved to my Instagram collections.
Lilly Sabri – Lilly was another person I discovered at Be Fit London. I was drawn to her as she is a sports physiotherapist and I’m in the final year of my degree. I recently completed her 5 Day kick-start challenge. I’ve been a bit slack with exercise due to being a university placement, so this was perfect to get me back into regular exercise. Each workout consisted on 20 minute cardio/fat burning HITT session, followed by strength and condition and intense ab workouts. She goes into detail about correct technique to ensure you get the best muscle activation. In 4 days she had my gluts (bottom muscles) burning and abs more defined. Lilly is such a supportive person, after putting in my Instagram story I was taking part in the challenge, she DM’d me saying well done and asked me how I found it. She is perfect for those with little time, her workouts are usually 10-20 minutes long and you’ll feel worked out, trust me.
From Rachel With Love x