Ashley Graham's New YouTube Fitness Series "Thank Bod" Is Here
The supermodel hopes the series helps you prioritize wellness, even on the busiest days.
Ashley Graham has been serving major fitness inspiration for years. One quick scroll through her Instagram and you'll see the supermodel using crazy gym equipment, doing aerial yoga, and beating Lindsey Vonn on an indoor skiing machine like it's NBD. Not even an uncooperative sports bra holds her back.
Graham's never-give-up attitude toward fitness has already inspired millions. Now, she's taking her workouts to YouTube and launching her very own fitness series.
Dubbed "Thank Bod", the new series was created alongside Graham's personal trainer Kira Stokes, who has worked with the mom-to-be for years. (Related: Ashley Graham Wants You to Have an "Ugly Butt" When You Work Out)
Graham announced the launch of her YouTube series on Instagram yesterday, writing: "You asked for it so here it is!"
Graham has been passionate about fitness for years. But she says her pregnancy has played a huge part in her decision to launch a workout series.
"Being a mommy-to-be, I wanted to show other women that we can still show our bodies self-love and gratitude during pregnancy, while also building our mental strength and determination," Graham tells Shape. "So, in this series, we're meeting our abs, loving our booties, coming to peace with cardio, and reaching our body goals."
But a physical transformation isn't the only thing Graham hopes you'll gain by following the workouts. "Your body is a vessel, and I'm a firm believer in exercising our minds, bodies, and souls," shares Graham. "We all have different health goals, and working out is all about strengthening yourself in healthy ways that you see fit. We are all worthy of feeling good."
Personally, Graham's workouts have changed quite a bit since becoming pregnant. Regardless, though, she continues to make her health a priority.
"I've had the blessing to work with Latham Thomas as my doula," says Graham. "Her prenatal yoga classes have helped me reclaim my calmness and prepare for childbirth. I practiced yoga sporadically prior to pregnancy, but I now practice regularly. I'm still training with Kira Stokes—[I'm] jumping less, but still focused on weights and mobility exercises." (Related: Amy Schumer Opens Up About How a Doula Helped Her Through Her Complicated Pregnancy)
Graham also swears by OLLY Essential Prenatal Multi and Sleep gummies, which have become a "staple" in her wellness routine. "I love the products because I can integrate them easily into my schedule, and I feel good knowing that I can still prioritize my wellness even on busy days," she says. "I spoke with my doctor about my supplement regime and love knowing I'm looking after both me and my baby."
On the subject of body image, Graham tends to radiate positivity, sharing empowering posts on social media on the reg. But her journey toward self-love has had both ups and downs. "Throughout my pregnancy, I've had to surrender to the process of my body changing, mentally and physically," she says. "I can honestly admit that it's not easy embracing my pregnant body, and all of its changes, every day." (Related: The Yoga Pose Ashley Graham Has Been Doing to "Release Tension" During Her Pregnancy)
As challenging as some days are for Graham, she credits the support she's received online for both her overall positive outlook, as well as her motivation to connect with people via her YouTube fitness series.
"I've always treated my social media accounts like a community," she says. "We listen, uplift, and empower each other. And I know that if I'm experiencing a feeling or emotion, someone else is likely having a very similar experience. The support from our community reminds me of my strength and superpowers in being a woman. It helps me to take my own advice and practice my own affirmations."