6 Online Fitness Instructors Who Won’t Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

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Some people really love working out. Others — not so much. One of the biggest turn-offs and challenges to keeping a consistent workout schedule is finding a trainer who can motivate you to do your best without making you feel worse than you did before you started.

For some, being yelled at is exactly what they need to keep motivated, push harder, and try going further than what they thought was possible. But for others, it’s a death sentence. Working out is supposed to release endorphins and create an almost drug-like quality that makes you want to come back for more every day. But mix that in with a mental battle for your own self-esteem, and you may never hit the gym again. But thankfully, there are a plethora of online fitness instructors to fit everyone’s personal training needs.

We’ve all heard of a doctor’s bedside manner before, right? Well, these online trainers have a ‘gym-side manner’ that aims to inspire and motivate their clients, without causing mental stress or embarrassment. They meet you at your level and cheer you on. Plus, they’re accessible online for everyone, anytime.

The next time you need a good workout, but are looking for a certified trainer who is inspiring, motivating, and doesn’t leave you feeling like a failure by the end of it, check out these inspiring women instead.


Jen Widerstrom

Jen Widerstrom rose to popularity as one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser. She quickly endeared herself to everyone who has ever had a dream of changing their lifestyle to be healthier with her positive attitude and encouragement throughout the entire process.

Widerstrom’s Instagram is a treasure trove of workouts and inspiration. Recently, she broke her foot and has been giving a lot of tips for dealing with injuries. But what we love the most about her is her carb-cycle lifestyle. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle that teaches you how to eat healthier, but to also enjoy foods that most trainers frown upon. Because, she says, you only live once.


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The person who tagged you in this post wants to remind you that you are EXACTLY where you need to be 💛✨ There are twists in my life that I can’t explain and tick me off and I know it’s no different for you. We share the same road. Although the events may vary, the feelings of confusion, worry, pain and anger are the SAME. This week, after being sidelined by this break, I no longer saw these as bad qualities, but as ways that make us closer and feel connected. A way TO RECEIVE the love and care of others. Injuries, break ups, setbacks… They ALL create access to a deeper connection to yourself and to exploring the important relationships in your life. ⁠⠀ LOOK for the love behind the lesson and see that there is progress in you, in every minute you soften and let someone in. There is strength in needing others— so if all you did today share one vulnerable thought or ask someone to bring you a much needed coffee, or to even ask a friend to help take care of you through a difficult day (like I had to w/ @therealalansantini!!)… I’M PROUD OF YOU. 😊

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Katie Crewe

For all of the mothers out there, Katie Crewe is just the reality dose we needed. Before having her first daughter in September, we loved Katie’s videos because they were filled with real talk, body positivity, workout inspiration, and form tips to correct the most common mistakes you see at the gym. Now, post Baby Amelia, we love how honest and open she is about her changing body. Plus, her funny sense of humor brings smiles to our faces and reminds us that we are just as beautiful pre-kids as we are now post-kids.


Jen Esquer

You could spend hours looking at Jen Esquer do amazing acro stunts and moves, because they are feats of human capabilities. But you can also follow her tips and tricks for modern problems like “text neck trap,” “rounded shoulders,” and pretty much any focused area of pain. We love her can-do attitude and real-life applications for her work. She is a self-proclaimed ‘mover,’ Pilates instructor, physical therapist, and creator of the Mobility Method. She loves to urge her viewers to take their own fitness goals in their hands, not talk themselves out of a goal they think is unattainable, and to ultimately be grateful for the bodies they are given.


Lauren Leavell

Lauren Leavell makes a mark in the fitness world that has been missing for a long time. As a “black, body-positive, female trainer in an industry that is thin and white,” Leavell has been the champion for women everywhere who don’t feel they fit into the stereotypical mold and are trepidatious about setting foot in a gym.

Her upbeat and positive classes, anti-diet stance, inclusivity, and body-positive messages are being heard loud and clear and bringing people back with smiles on their faces. She is a certified HIIT and Barre instructor and uses her platform to inspire anyone and everyone towards their personal fitness goals. We can’t say enough great things about her.


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Raise your hand if you have ever gotten about 3 minutes into a home workout and felt completely done 🙋🏾‍♀️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You can have the weights. The yoga mat. The resistance bands. The matching set. And the time and STILL NOT BE FEELING IT. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ So how do you stay/get motivated? Here are 3 of my tips:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1. Set a reasonable time limit. Don’t workout into oblivion. Set aside enough time to do your movement and do it within that time. The longer the time limit, the more time you have to scroll or talk yourself out of the next set ⁣⁣ ⁣ 2. Keep it simple. A double backflip jump squat burpee that your favorite fitness page suggested is, in fact, not a sustainable workout plan. Squats. Lunges. Curls. Pushups. Do those ⁣⁣ ⁣ 3. Ditch the workout! Quit! This probably isn’t the motivation you expected but you can absolutely choose NOT to do your workout if you aren’t feeling it. Maybe you realize you are more sore than you anticipated. Hating your way through an entire workout just isn’t it. You’re allowed to take a break if you need it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Not every workout is going to be perfect. It doesn’t matter how long you have been training or moving, some days are just going to feel different. Honoring the way your body feels is its own practice. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ What motivates you to get moving? 🤸🏾‍♀️👇🏾⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📸⁣ @instagarmz⁣ ⁣⁣ #joyfulmovement #selfcarematters #bodykindness #mindsetshift #tiptuesday #bodypositivefitness #fatpositive #healthateverysize #antidiet #intuitivemovement #nourishnotpunish #honoryourbody⁣ #vbo #riotsnotdiets⁣⁣⁣

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Jeanette Jenkins

Jeanette Jenkins is The Hollywood Trainer. She trains superstars like Alicia Keys, Amber Rose, and oh yeah, remember that Pink aerial stunt that completely shocked and awed the audience at the 2017 AMAs? Yeah. That was Jenkins. She has over 18 international certifications in training and fitness to back up her A-list clientele, but she is also everyone’s number one cheerleader. She will cheer you on whether you do three workouts a day or you just barely made it to your mat this morning. Her Instagram feed is full of great tips for getting a quick and targeted workout in. She also posts motivational quotes that will keep you inspired on your fitness journey, allow yourself some grace, and motivate you to get back up again.


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❤️Cardio Abs! Tag a friend or save for later & get it in! 🔥🔥🔥🔥30-60sec, 2-3sets! Today’s Day17 in our 30Day Total Body Bootcamp and today’s workout in the club is our 60min follow along #CardioAbs Workout with instructions & modifications for ALL levels! It’s a mixture of #Cardio & Focused Core Work targeting the Abs and all the muscles of the core! ✨www.TheHollywoodTrainerClub.com @hollywoodtrainerclub or click the link in my profile, login, click on “Exercise” then “Virtual Gym” for all the #streaming workouts! ⁣ ⁣ ❤️LIVE Cardio Sculpt HIIT Workout this Friday⁣ 7am PT/10am/3pm London Time⁣ Location: Virtual Gym in our Club ⁣ www.TheHollywoodTrainerClub.com⁣ ⁣ ❤️OCTOBER LIVE Workouts in the club! ⁣ 7am PT/10am/3pm London Time & they will ALL be saved to our Virtual Gym so you can do them ANYTIME! ⁣ 1. 60min Cardio Sculpt HIIT on Fri. Oct 23rd⁣ 2. 60min Ultimate Cross Training 2 Sat Oct 31st ⁣ ⁣ ❤️We have NOW added 10 New LIVE Workouts in the club, just click on “Live Workouts” on the menu in the “Virtual Gym” and give them a try! ⁣ 1. 600 Calorie Burner⁣ 2. Power Abs⁣ 3. Pilates Abs⁣ 4. 60min Total Body Chisel Camp⁣ 5. 25min Abs ⁣ 6. 60min Cardio Abs ⁣ 7. 60min Cardio HIIT ⁣ 8. 60min Power Yoga ⁣ 9. 60min Kickboxing Bootcamp ⁣600Calorie Burner⁣ 10. 30min HIIT ⁣ ⁣ ❤️All the streaming workouts for our ⁣ ✨30Day Total Body Bootcamp⁣ ✨Ab Blast Challenge⁣ ✨Sister Series designed for beginners⁣ ✨LIVE Workouts” and more are in the “Virtual Gym” under the “Exercise” tab! 😊It’s only $19.99/month to access EVERYTHING over 500+ streaming workouts and challenges, over 150+ healthy recipes & meal plans and our Community Wall for Support! ⁣ ⁣ ❤️The goal of this 30Day Total Body Bootcamp is to encourage you to be #committed and #consistent with your workouts so you can enjoy all the benefits of healthy living including a decreased risk of depression, heart disease, #Covid19, diabetes, cancer & all illnesses. Regular exercise & healthy eating will help lift your spirits, give you a boost of endorphins, help regulate your hormones, help burn excess body fat, strengthen your immune system & so much more! ⁣#WorkoutMotivation #Cardio #Abs #HIIT

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Kira Stokes

Kira Stokes is another celebrity trainer, most popularly Candace Cameron Bure and Ashley Graham‘s personal trainer. She is a never-ending well of knowledge and inspiration to work out anywhere. Literally. Anywhere. She posts great videos with zero equipment, and she trains all of her clients in her own method – ‘The Stoked Method’ – based on her numerous certifications and well, science. She is a huge fan of wellness and fitness and does not muck about with either. If you need a good, positive, and joyful kick in the pants to push you to try harder without you even realizing it, she is your girl.


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Reunited and it feels so good! @ashleygraham ‘s first in person session in almost 7 months – a morning that amazing for the mind, body and soul 💪🏼💕. I’m so grateful for technology and the ability it’s given us to continue training via FT but there “ain’t nothing like the real thing” (quoting all the oldies but goodies). There are no “poor connections” or “frozen Kira’s ” when meeting in person😉. #suburbansaturdays are our new jam. Larchmont looks good on you AG…just sayin’🏡 ⭐️Now, back on the virtual front, Ashley and I are doing an IG LIVE WORKOUT Wednesday 9am ET. Ashley’s Thank Bod 5 Day Challenge launched today on her YouTube channel [LINK IN MY STORIES]; workouts programmed by me (all bodyweight workouts except for one day where Stoked Bands are incorporated) executed by Ash (with all the sass😂). We’ll be doing part of Day 3 during the 20 minute LIVE on Ashley’s IG account Wednesday! Tune in and GET STOKED💪🏼 . . . #thestokedmethod #stoked #workforit #goals #noexcuses #strongwomen #beastmode #fitspo #inspiration #motivation #challenge #instafit

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