Oh, Instagram. Where would we get our 6 a.m. workout motivation without you? Or motivation to work out at any hour, let’s be real.
Chances are, you’re already following a slew of accounts—some inspiring, others informative, and even a few that are just plain entertaining. Also likely? Plenty of posts with quotes and sayings that are as cheesy as a sizzling slice of pizza. You know the kind, the ones peppered with hashtags like #fitspo, #selflove, #beautiful.
That’s why you need to follow these accounts. Some are hilarious and others are just plain #facts. Either way, they’re relatable and refreshing. And they’ll make you want to work out for all the right reasons.
1. ACE Fitness
View this post on InstagramA post shared by American Council on Exercise (@acefitness) on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:22am PST The Instagram account for the American Council on Exercise delivers candid, real-talk mantras that will make you shout, “YES!” Plus, it provides #PROtips from ACE’s network of certified health specialists.
2. Y7 Studio
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Y7 Studio® (@y7studio) on Dec 9, 2015 at 5:31pm PST The Brooklyn-based yoga studio, a favorite of Girls star Zosia Mahmet, is not just for crunchy granola types. The hip-hop-inspired classes flow to some serious beats, and the studio’s Instagram will remind you what a good time working out can be.
3. Sophie Gray
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sophie Gray (@sophiegray) on Jan 10, 2016 at 8:25am PST Holistic nutritionist and personal trainer Sophie Gray is spreading a message we love across Instagram: Work out to feel good, grow strong, and be healthy. In addition to mantras, you’ll find body-positive posts, workouts, and good-for-you eats.
4. Agent Steven
You’ll quickly discover that Agent Steven is not a fitness account, but his blunt posts remind you that your goals are within reach, you just have to work for them. (Feel free to scroll right past the Maseratis if that’s not your thing.)
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Furthermore (@furthermore) on Jan 2, 2016 at 8:46am PST The blog for luxury gym Equinox started an Instagram account at the end of 2014, and we’re so grateful they did. The mantras and quotes will motivate you to lace up your sneakers and start moving, while also pointing out that your mindset is just as important as your workouts.
6. Yahoo Health
Yahoo Health’s account is a great mix of healthy-living inspiration, food porn, and quotes from celebrities about loving your body and enjoying the process of getting healthy—without any of the cheese.
7. Brett Hoebel
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sweat With Soul (@bretthoebel) on Dec 30, 2015 at 8:34pm PST You probably recognize Brett Hoebel from his work on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Follow his Instagram for real-talk mantras that will make you want to hustle. Bonus: You won’t mind his martial arts-inspired workout videos in your feed either.
8. Chalene Johnson
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Chalene Johnson – Speaker (@chalenejohnson) on Jan 15, 2016 at 7:39pm PST Fitness DVD queen and entrepreneur Chalene Johnson knows a thing or two about pumping people up. Her Instagram is no different. You can find candid, simple mantras to kick your motivation into high gear. (Plus, high-energy 15-second workout videos and healthy meals.)
9. Tone House NYC
View this post on InstagramA post shared by TONE HOUSE 💪💀💦 (@tonehouse) on Oct 26, 2015 at 4:12am PDT Known for their grueling, high-intensity workouts, the New York-based studio has an Instagram that mirrors its brand. You’ll see behind-the-scenes shots of its members dripping in sweat in addition to the no-BS mantras like the one above from none other than Jay-Z.
10. HuffPost Healthy Living
This Huffington Post account is all about celebrity quotes. Follow for a gentle reminder that you can get through any tough time, need to spend more time on yourself, and not let fear stop you from pursuing your goals. All signs point to: Get that workout done.
11. Elite Daily Wellness
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Elite Daily Body & Mind (@elitedailybodyandmind) on Jan 14, 2016 at 6:18pm PST Fair warning: Some of the posts on Elite Daily’s new wellness Instagram aren’t exactly the most motivating (like this one, for example). But when it’s not, it’s totally relatable and refreshing. And when you do come across one of their fitness mantras, it’s extra motivating.
12. KP Dance Body
View this post on InstagramA post shared by DanceBody® (@dancebody) on Jan 7, 2016 at 9:46am PST Former Tracy Anderson Method trainer Katia Pryce’s dance cardio workout is a blast, so it no surprise the studio’s Instagram is fun and encouraging. We also love their post about why Lena Dunham is their fitness role model of the year: “Be the best version of what you already have, because that is 100 percent achievable, every time.”