8 Black Fitness Gurus to Follow on Instagram

by Yah Yah

If you’re anything like me, getting off your couch and onto the treadmill can be quite a clamor. And nothing makes it worse than browsing Instagram and finding pictures of people at the gym. That’s why you need to follow these incredible black fitness gurus on Instagram, definitely not to assuage your guilt, but to get you moving.

Selena Watkins


Watkins, a SoulCycle instructor, and founder of the Socanomics dance workout, is a firm believer in rhythm and upbeat afro caribbean dance moves. Her energetic Instagram posts will get you moving. Check out one of her classes in New York City, or visit her Youtube channel for at-home workout ideas.

Jessamyn Stanley

If you haven’t seen Jessamyn on Instagram yet, you need to look her up right now. This author, and body positivity advocate is an internationally recognized Yogi who is in the business of encouraging women to love their bodies. Her high energy vinyasa flow will get you to sign up for a yoga class.

Elisabeth Akinwale

Based in Chicago, Akinwale is a mother, trainer, and a regular competitor in the CrossFit Games. Her posts feature everything from weights and yoga, to gymnastics and core work. Her videos are perfect for you if you want to try out something new.

Racheal Weathers

This New York based Hatha and Vinyasa yogi prioritizes self-care like no other. Her Instagram features pictures of her in super-human poses reveling in her black girl magic. Weathers’ toned photos are sure to make you grab your mat to the nearest yoga studio.

Jeanette Jenkins

Jenkins is one of the most sought after Health and Fitness experts in Hollywood. Her high-list clientele include Alicia Keys, Serena Williams, and Kelly Rowland to name a few. A quick glance at her high energy cardio and strength training videos on Instagram and you’ll understand the reason she’s in such high demand.

Lita Lewis

Lewis’ inspirational quotes and workout combinations are exactly what you need to get off the couch. This trainer has built her fitness platform mostly through Instagram, boasting an impressive 440k followers. Follow her on Instagram and you’ll see what the hype is about.

Sasha Exeter

This Canadian fitness model combines fashion with fitness and creates the perfect blend of heels and HIIT. Get it? The new mom has documented her incredible journey into motherhood on her Instagram, complete with beautiful belly shots and glowing skin. Check out her blog as well on Sosasha.com.

Chelsea Jackson Roberts


Roberts is as intellectual as they come! This yoga instructor has a doctorate from Emory University and her work focuses on race, class and gender. Roberts is all about shattering ridiculous notions of what wellness looks like, one yoga class at a time.

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