Monday, July 23The Voice of London

Insta-spiration works: why you should follow these UK fitness Instagrammers for 2018

Writing | Stephany Malcolm Subbing | Kate Reichardt

2018 is fast approaching us, and although it’s not quite the time to reach for the sun cream… well-being is a major focus this year for Londoners. Gone are the days of fast food on work breaks; this year sees more avocados, protein shakes, and fitness apps than ever.

Focus is the key to success – Photograph by Erin Zhang

Ironic as it seems, behind the screen seems to be a great starting point for get-goers who seek daily inspiration, and who spend the little free time they have on Instagram. If you are trying to avoid cheesy fitness DVD’s and dangerous dieting plans this year. Here are some Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration and tips.

We’ve covered influencers from London who can tell you  everything there is to know about nutrition, cardio, muscle growth, fitness gear and their favourite brands to follow.

 

1. Nutrition for everyday meal ideas – The Body Coach (Joe Wicks)

@thebodycoach

Apart from his hilarious recipe ideas, Joe Wicks is the perfect all-round Instagram account to follow for fitness if you are a beginner. His recipes are healthy, tasty, and his workouts are suited to a range of abilities and are available on YouTube. 

  1. Motivation and muscle building – Bradley Simmonds
    @bradleysimmonds

If you say that you’re past the beginners stage but need that little boost of motivation, Bradley Simmons’s no rest for the wicked is a great account to follow for anybody wanting to grow muscle and shred fat. His techniques may not promise instant results, but if you stick with him, you’re #2018 goals won’t be so hard to achieve.

  1. Growing curves and toning – Stefanie Williams (Stef Fit)
    @stef_fit

#happyhumpday 🔥💥 Core focused 🔥 so I recently got asked why I wasn’t doing as much weights or why I wasn’t going heavy. Firstly since my little operation over 2 months ago I’ve done three weight sessions, I’ve been recovering and just taking it easy, I haven’t wanted to push my self and then damage myself in the long run. Do I feel at my strongest or most toned etc right now… No I don’t but that’s expected after time off, and it’s ok sometimes training has to take th back foot!! Secondly I don’t always demonstrate with heavy weights because I want my form to be as good as possible for you guys to duplicate 🤗❤️ I’m going to be doing my first weight session in the morning in what feels like forever & I can’t wait for that post workout buzz I get from training with weights 💥 I’ll be posting that exact workout over the next couple days ❤️ in the mean time give this circuit ago 💥💥 •Low squat to elevated squat • Decline high plank to low plank • Step up to shoulder press • Incline press ups 🔥 45secomds on 15seconds rest X3 🔥 hoody @gymsharkwomen 🦄 leggings @celestialbodiez 🎶 song- Massari – number one 🎶 #steffit #workout #workforit #trainhard #fit #fitness #gymgirl #cardio #abs #gym

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For the ladies, and men, who want to grow and tone your glutes (bum), Stef Fit is a great account to follow if you want to tone, build and burn at the same time. Her cardio conditioning exercises mean you will build up a sweat and continue to burn hours after your workout.

  1. Gym Kit – Gymshark
    @gymshark

What should I wear? The obvious choice would be the household name sports brands, however Instagram is causing a new shift in the way we buy clothing. Gymshark is a UK brand, based in London, providing gym-goers with stylish and breathable gym wear.

  1. Lean lifestyle inspiration – Oliver Proudlock

    @proudlock

    To many he is just a reality star, but Oliver Proudlock’s Instagram is an interesting place to find the newest food, fashion and lifestyle brands regarding fitness. If you want a fitness page that isn’t limit to just workouts. His Instagram stories will keep you up to date of the best places to go in London too.

     

  2. Home workouts & meal plans – Krissy Cela

    @krissycela

It’s easier said than done to go to the gym every day and have your meals prepped the night before. Krissy Cela provides a perfect guide of workouts that can be done at the gym or at home. She gives easy to follow steps of making healthy meals and has an online meal plan that has a similar style to her Instagram posts.

(All photos taken from the influencer’s Instagram accounts.)

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