I really love Instagram. It’s such a great source of inspiration and creativity and I can definitely say I use it a lot more than Facebook, particularly as a tool to motivate me to get out of bed in the morning when I feel like just sleeping in instead of working out. While we all know the big companies like Women’s Health and Lorna Jane have some great fitness inspiration, below are just a few of my favourite Instagram accounts featuring real life and (mostly) unretouched fitspo…
@mshelllll – Michelle Davis
I love people with a great sense of humour and a simple desire to be badass. Michelle is definitely one of those people. Her dedication and attitude have made her one of the better known faces around Instagram and the fitness world.
@sugarandspice – Georgina
Georgina is an Optimum Nutrition sponsored athlete who posts loads of great workout videos and tips.
This is Rebekah Tiler. She’s 15, and has been competing in Olympic weightlifting since she was 11. By 2013 (when she was just 14), she’d broken almost 50 British records at the Tri-nations championships, held in Sweden.
Rebekah is headed for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and further to the 2020 Olympic games. Her coach, Eddie Halstead, first saw Rebekah at a “kiddies’ competition in the North-East” and thinks she is definitely in with a chance for a medal at the 2020 games. “She’s the best talent I’ve seen in a very long time,” says Halstead. It’s obvious Great Britain agrees, as there are plenty of videos, news articles and stories boasting about Rebekah and her journey.
Earlier this month, Rebekah competed at the European Youth Championships in Poland, where she had to compete is the under-17 69kg category as there was no under-15 category. She won the snatch with a 93kg lift, won a silver for a 115kg clean and jerk and won silver overall.
“It doesn’t matter what people think about you,” says Tiler.
I personally think Rebekah is so inspiring as it would have taken serious guts to so wholeheartedly pursue a sport that would seem a little bit crazy to others her age/gender. By doing so though, she has inspired her family to join in, and given the sport a boost across Great Britain and beyond.
Every year, bodybuilding.com run a transformation challenge, inviting users to transform their bodies in 12 weeks for the chance to win $50,000 each. The winners for 2014 have just been announced, and for the first time, they were surprised with the results and prizes while at their local gym (video below).
The results have been surrounded by some controversy, with some people claiming the results weren’t achievable in the 12 week timeframe, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.