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12 Times Ashley Graham Showed Us What Fitspo Was Really About

When She Walked New York Fashion Week

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One of our favorite ladies, model Ashley Graham, killed it at NYFW when she strutted down the catwalk looking gorgeous in lingerie—from a line she created, no less. Graham is one of the most successful plus-size models and, now, plus-size lingerie designers (you can find her Black Orchid collection at Canadian retailer Addition Elle). Why do we love her so much? Just check out her Instagram feed. Littered with sweaty workout selfies, green juices, and bikini-clad poolside smiles, we can’t get enough of her positive energy that’s empowering women to embrace their bodies but take charge of their health.

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When She Got Low

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Regular ol’ squats are so last year. Graham was getting catwalk-ready for this year’s NYFW with these weighted squats. And with perfect form—you can even see her toes lifted in those rockin' Nike Flyknits!

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When She Gave No Excuses

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We’re willing to pull out a lot weaker excuses (like these 21 Ridiculous Ways We Justify Skipping the Gym), but not even a sprained foot stopped Graham from hitting the gym. That’s commitment we respect!

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When She Crushed a Total-Body Circuit

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What could be more inspiring than seeing someone kill it at an entire circuit workout? Graham is scoring a serious, full-body workout (and using pretty much every tool in the gym!). (Try this Barry's Bootcamp-Inspired Abs, Butt, and Core Workout.)

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When She Climbed to the Top

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It’s easy to score a workout when your set is a rock climbing wall. Graham may be posing here, but the other mid-climb shots, well, she was definitely feeling that the next day. (Check out Rock Climbing Champ Sasha DiGiulian on Becoming the First Woman to Conquer "Murder Wall.")

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When She Took It Outside

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A 25-mile bike ride—weaving through Brooklyn traffic, no less—is no joke, but we have a feeling this sick workout outfit made the journey a lot more fun. (How Quitting the Gym Changed My Body for the Better.)

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When She Showed Sharing Is Caring

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There’s nothing we love more than sharing a workout with someone new, so we’re super jealous Graham got to introduce Katie Couric to her favorite resistance band workout.

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When She Took a Gym Selfie

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We agree, Ashley—if you’re this pumped for your morning run, you gotta capture it with a selfie! (Although the gym is one of our 7 Places You Have to Stop Taking Selfies In.)

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When She Found a Workout with a View

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We don’t know what to be more excited about—that view or that outfit! Graham clearly knows resistance bands are one of the best fitness accessories to bring on the road, but we envy her for finding such a gorgeous view to enjoy while working up a sweat. (Find out what the other best Lightweight Workout Tools to Pack When You Travel are.)

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When She Kept Her Curves Tight

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Captioned “keeping my curves tight & training like a professional athlete,” Graham has hit both points on the head with these sling leg lifts—one of the best (and hardest!) exercises to tighten your core.

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When She Was a Total Knockout

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Boxing is a top total-body strength and cardio conditioning sessions you can do. Add Graham to the list of celebs who knock out to look like a knockout.

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When She Had a Dance Party

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What says #IAmSizeSexy (Graham’s signature hashtag) more than working up a sweat with the ultra-sultry Miami-based Vixen Workout?

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When She Sweat with Friends

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The marker of someone with a truly healthy lifestyle? Spending friend time working up a sweat. Graham and her girls are bringing roller blading back—and with style! (Why Having a Fitness Buddy Is the Best Thing Ever.)

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