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10 Ways to Use Instagram to Get Fit


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Kacie Phillips, @savvysassyme

Kacie Phillips of Savvy Sassy Me has a mantra to fuel her workouts: "Eat clean, train mean, and live lean."

She posts the sweaty proof on Instagram because, as she puts it, "it's all about finding, discovering, and being FIT-spiration!"

Fast and Effective Fitness

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Tamara Grand, @fitknitchick_1

"Workouts don't need to be long to be effective," says Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick. "I love whole-body, compound circuits with some high-intensity intervals thrown in. A great way to get it done and get on with your day."

That's the thinking behind Grand's killer routines like this short-but-intense Spartacus Workout she recently designed for Instagram. To do it: Set an interval timer to 45 seconds work/15 seconds rest and go through the circuit 2-6 times, depending on your current fitness level.

Workout Plateau? Never!

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Noelle McKenzie, @longlivefit

Noelle McKenzie of A Fitness Way of Life gets scientific about her workouts, saying, "The key to success in exercise is to be challenging yourself in as many different areas as possible. You may be quick and have good agility, but can you touch your toes? Flexibility, strength, endurance, agility, speed, and balance all play into what makes a person fit."

To help others have a well-rounded workout, McKenzie Instagrams new twists on standard exercises (i.e. wide squats instead of single-leg squats) and encourages people to add them into their routine. Why? "Because the minute you take the guesswork out of the equation, meaning when your body gets comfortable, your results immediately begin to taper," she says.

Strong Body, Strong Mind

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Jen Comas Keck, @JenComasKeck

Why does Jen Keck exercise? "Each of my training sessions is an opportunity to not only become stronger physically, but also mentally, which benefits many other areas of my life," she says.

Keck posts her workouts on Instagram to show others that health is about self-care, not self-deprivation. "I train because I love my body; not because I hate it!"

A HardCORE Challenge

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Kristen Mercier, @befitwithkristen

Kristen Mercier of Be Fit With Kristen puts the "core" in hardcore with her abs-centric Instagram workouts.

"I believe working on your core is essential to fitness, whether you are a hardcore athlete or someone recovering from a back injury. A strong core will improve your balance, coordination, and performance in any sport," she says.

Free Professional Advice

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Monica Nelson, @monimealfitness

Monica Nelson, a healthy foods chef and private trainer in LA, definitely practices what she preaches. "I try to give my clients exactly what they need. Not all bodies are the same!"

And you don't have to live in LA to get the benefit of her expertise. "I am a huge advocate for high-intensity training and strength training using heavy weights," she says on Instagram. "It is all about balance and keeping the body guessing but wanting more."

Healthy Girl On the Go

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Paige Kumpf, @TrainerPaige

Paige Kumpf of My Trainer Paige uses Instagram to encourage healthy habits no matter where you are. "My workout philosophy is to be efficient in the gym and active outside of the gym," she says. "Most of us have less than an hour to dedicate in the gym so I make my workouts functional, efficient, and effective in the little time that I have, and I try to be as active as I can the rest of my day."

Recipe for the Perfect Workout

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Casey Wetjen, @cswfityoga

"As a working mom of two boys, I need to make my workouts fast and efficient," says Casey Wetjen of CSWFitYoga. Rather than sticking to one fitness philosophy, the busy mom mixes and matches her routines and posts the results to Instagram.

"I enjoy mixing Crossfit, running, strength, and interval work to create quick and effective workouts."

No Goal, No Gain

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Jennifer Leal, @savorthethyme

"If you do not go after what you want, you'll never have it." It's one of Jennifer Leal's favorite inspirational quotes. In fact, goal setting is so important to the Savor The Thyme blogger that she uses Instagram to post her workouts and progress as way of keeping herself accountable and on track. "It seems fitting in almost any aspect of life," she says. We agree!

Proof: You CAN Do It

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Lindsey Wright, @ lindsays_list

Lindsay Wright of Lindsay's List believes that if she can do it, anyone can, which is one reason why she posts her workouts to Instagram—to inspire others. "I work out because I CAN! Our bodies are made for movement, so I try to do something active every day!"