Some days you wake up feeling amazing, unstoppable and ready to conquer the world — or at least the 30 minutes doing your Daily Burn 365 workout. Other days? Not so much. (Hits snooze.)
For those days, instead of giving up or sleeping in, scroll through 15 these motivational mantras from the fittest people around. From a bit tough love to “OMG you’ve got this,” these motivational mantras are empowering, uplifting — and yours for the taking!
The 15 Inspiring Instagram Accounts
1. The ’Grammer: Tara Stiles
Her MO: This famous yogini and founder of New York City’s Strala Yoga lives by one rule: “Make your own rules.” Easy enough advice to follow, right?
2. The ’Grammer: Jeanette Jenkins
Her MO: Jenkins, creator of The Hollywood Trainer Club (she works out Kelly Rowland — and have you seen her abs?), just wants you to be the best version of yourself. Her jam is kindness: Do unto others, support one another, lift each other up, and make the world a better place. However, her no-BS attitude makes it totally awesome and not at all cheesy. Promise.
3. The ’Grammer: Erika Shannon
Her MO: Daily Burn 365 trainer and Soul Cycle instructor, Erika Shannon is all about helping you achieve your goals. Whether in the studio, the office or at home, she’s the cheerleader you need to keep pushing forward. And she often offers insight into her own struggles and triumphs to an extra ounce of realness.
4. The ’Grammer: Misty Copeland
Her MO: Ballet’s It Girl — not only did Copeland become the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre earlier this year, she also wrote a book, starred in a movie about her life, was one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2015, appeared on countless TV shows and specials — and wins for “Prettiest Instagram Account.” Whether or not you’re actually into tutus and tulle, this woman’s strength and fortitude will get you psyched for your own workout.
5. The ’Grammer: Cassey Ho
Her MO: POP Pilates creator Cassey Ho practically started a revolution with her “The ‘Perfect’ Body” YouTube video while she was still in college. But even the fittest, most fabulous people get haters and body shamers. Yet Ho turned it into something positive, as she does it daily on her own feed. (Bonus: She’s fun, hilarious, and super quirky. Relatability central!)
6. The ’Grammer: Lita Lewis
Her MO: A lot of the “fitspo” on the internet is less about reality, and more about that perfect pose. Enter fitness advocate Lita Lewis, who reminds us that it’s better to be authentic and real than to strive for a faux idea of perfection. Yes, please.
7. The ’Grammer: Meb Keflezighi
His MO: Beloved distance runner Meb Keflezighi — he’s won both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon, and has represented Team USA in the Olympics — encourages fans to “run to win.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean placing first. Rather, it’s about being your best, whatever that means for you. We can totally get on board with that.
8. The ‘Grammer: Katie Dunlop
Her MO: This Love Sweat Fitness blogger simply loves life — and exercise. Besides featuring quotes that inspire, like this one, she also shares healthy recipes, body positive messages and challenges and beautiful pics from her fit travels.
9. The ’Grammer: Gunnar Peterson
His MO: Trainer to the stars Gunnar Peterson (he’s the one Khloe Kardashian credits for her daily butt-kicking sessions) is not only fun to follow for his celebrity-studded photos, but also because he regularly posts videos of his go-to workouts with a sassy side dish of humor. And it all comes with some quality inspo, too.
10. The ’Grammer: Chris Mosier
His MO: Chris Mosier made history by becoming the first male transgender athlete on Team USA, and continues making a name for himself in the triathlon and duathlon world by working to make transgender athletes accepted and able to compete. He’s also a Nike athlete and marathoner, who shares tons of motivational quotes and inspiration to practice mindfulness on his page.
11. The ‘Grammer: Adam Rosante
His MO: This celeb trainer is all about making exercise approachable, often revealing his tips and tricks to making the most your workouts and your everyday. Just like he suggests here — start with small, attainable goals to achieve long-term success — he breaks down the basics of fitness and healthy eating.
12. The ’Grammer: The Sweat Life
Her MO: This weekly web series from Aly Teich gives sweat fanatics an inside look the NYC fitness and wellness scene, plus beauty tips, nutrition advice and a hefty dose of positive vibes. Bonus: She’s a certified badass herself, and can handstand like a champ (even after a brutal 90-minute hot yoga class!) and is always pushing herself to try new things.
13. The ’Grammer: Anja Garcia
Her MO: OK, maybe we’re biased because Anja Garcia is one of our favorite trainers — she not only leads Daily Burn kickboxing program, Undefeated, but also makes appearances on Daily Burn 365. This trainer/pediatric ICU nurse (talk about an inspiring combo) loves keeping her feed happy and upbeat, plus you can count on her to sprinkle in some crazy gymnastics tricks from her collegiate days. No forced fitspiration here — she’s the real deal.
14. The ’Grammer: Brett Hoebel
His MO: The former Biggest Loser trainer has an IG feed filled with hyper-positive inspirational quotes and motivational mantras, often encouraging you to get up and exercise. His social media is just reason #3823249 why he’s one of the most likeable dudes in the industry.
15. The ’Grammer: Gary Vaynerchuck
His MO: OK, so business mogul Gary Vaynerchuck (affectionately known by his hoards of fans as “Gary Vee”) isn’t a leader in the fitness world, but his entrepreneurial spirit totally translates to athletic pursuits. This guy’s all about “the hustle” and the pursuit of passion, and we love it.
For more inspiration every single day, check out Daily Burn on Instagram!
Originally published November 2015. Updated February 2018.