If you're guilty of aimlessly scrolling through multiple Instagram fitness accounts promising yourself that you'll start your new "healthy routine" tomorrow, say aye.
Yeah, we've all been there. Finding the motivation to change your life around can be a bit difficult for some of us couch potatoes, and for non-couch potatoes trying to maintain that drive can become exhausting too -- it's just hard all around.
So the next time you're scrolling through Instagram either creeping on your ex's best friend's cousin's step-sister's page or looking for the latest celebrity tea, make sure to follow these six trainers for a boost of inspiration to get up off your phone and get moving.
Whether you want to shed some pounds, build some muscle or just be in shape, these trainers will help get you right and tight.
How long she's been training for: Eight years
Specialties: Full body (your mind included)
Forget about the workouts and her physique, Massy Arias's life journey is enough to encourage you and let you know that you can do anything you set your mind to. She's not only going to get your body right, but your mind as well.
"Many people think they have to have the perfect scenario, the perfect situation to reach their goals," said Arias, who first started out hosting fitness classes at Central Park in New York where only one or two people would show up. For reference, she now has 2.5 million followers on Instagram and a whole community of Massy Arias Warriors.
She says she's a living, breathing example of what changing your mindset and energy can do for you. Arias started from humble beginnings -- prior to beginning her fitness journey, she was depressed. And even though she was skinny because of genetics, she says she was unhealthy. Arias changed her life around when her brother was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma.
As an Afro-Latina, Arias is dedicated to transforming her community's health. She says that the black community has the highest ratio of diabetes and hypertension and has some unhealthy habits -- she wants to change that by changing the way we perceive fitness.
"I don’t believe in restrictions, I'm teaching you how to cook healthier, I’m teaching you how food can be medicine and it can be poison," the trainer said.
When you follow Arias, you're getting more than just a physical transformation, you're going to change your life. It's not just about the gym and a 60-minute workout with her, it's about creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
"Fitness for me is more than just a body, I consider myself a health coach," said Arias. "My style of training focuses on how to teach people how to move better and creating a healthier relationship with food. At the end of the day, my main focus is lifestyle and health and my area of expertise is to take an individual who has absolutely no idea what to do with moving and nutrition and shape their mind and give them the tools to fly on their own."
Some of her workouts also feature her daughter, which gives parents who are trying to get a workout in in the midst of a hectic schedule creative ideas on how to get moving with your kids. This woman is a beast.
How long he's been training for: Eight years
Specialties: Women's fitness, enhancing body shape, building glutes
Just a quick scan through Gerald Washington's Instagram page will show you why you should hit that follow button immediately -- his clients are the ultimate body goals. And it's no wonder once you see the type of work outs he puts them through.
His approach to fitness is realistic -- Washington admits on his page that even he, the trainer, falls off sometimes and that getting back in shape isn't easy for him either. We're all in this together, right?
If you're afraid that working out will have you losing your natural curves, Washington says not to worry -- he'll just make you better. .
"There’s no chance to lose anything with all the squats you’re doing," said Washington. "There’s no downgrade, you’re always getting better by incorporating full body movements, cardio, burpees, jump ropes -- more you get your body off the ground the more you can burn more calories."
Washington says that if it wasn't for his training, he wouldn't even have a personal Instagram. If you peruse his account, you'll see that most of his content is his clients doing the work -- regular people performing these dynamic circuits that he puts together.
If you have 30 days to spare, he encourages followers to commit four weeks to a consistent regimen. Washington says that once you get over that 30 day hurdle, it will put you in the right mindset to continue on for the remainder of the year.
P.S. He calls his clients "champions." Don't you want to be a champion too?! I sure do.
How long he's been training for: Seven years
Specialties: Fat loss and muscle building and toning
Five words: Michael B. Jordan's trainer is his mentor. That's not enough for a follow? OK, hear us out.
Osamoje Imoohi first started working out at 14 years old with a group of friends in their garage when he was challenged to lift a weight. He remembers confidently thinking that it wasn't that much weight and that he could probably even do more than one repetition -- he was wrong. The weight overpowered him and he was humiliated in front of his friends. Following what was probably a traumatizing childhood memory, Imoohi promised himself one thing.
"I’m never going to be the weakest person in the room and from there on out I remember working out, slowly but surely building up my physique," Imoohi said.
Though he didn't actively pursue personal training at first, Imoohi became a certified trainer at the University of California Riverside, which he ended up hating. He took a break from training, focused on his masters and pursued another career path, but after some self-reflection he ended up back as a trainer at Equinox in West Hollywood, Calif. -- then he got fired, he said.
On New Year’s Eve in 2017, Imoohi prayed and meditated on the idea that 2018 was going to be a memorable year, and he found success continuing his journey in personal training. Now, he's a certified personal trainer who works with MusclePharm and has been featured in Bodybuilding.com and facilitated workouts with Nike.
Although Imoohi specializes in fat loss and muscle building and toning, that's not all you're going to get from him.
"What’s more important is aside from the physical changes I can deliver for my clients, it’s also the mental transformation," said Imoohi. "I want to make sure that not only is your body healthy, I want the mind, body and spirit to be healthy."
How long she's been training for: Four years
Specialties: Weight gain, weight loss and toning/building
Everyone say this with me: Booty goals. Ca'Shawn Sims, who also goes by the name "The Booty Doctor," will not only help you grow those glutes, but she'll make you feel beautiful and confident all while doing it.
"I love helping empower people to love themselves in a society that constantly tells you you aren’t good enough," said Sims over email. "I have nothing against plastic surgery, but I don’t care for it because I feel like it robs people of the personal journey of truly coming to terms with their “flaws” (what the world considers as their flaws) and forces them not to deal with it because of the quick fix."
Sims' fitness journey started off as a 98-pound petite woman, unhappy and depressed. Through working out, she's found self love, confidence and a way to release mental and physical tensions. Oh, and a bigger booty (she found that through working out too). She's gotten up to 125 to 130 pounds while maintaining a toned figure and now she wants to share her knowledge with the world.
The trainer has one piece of advice for staying motivated: attribute your fitness goals to something other than just wanting a nice body. She says that you're more likely to stick to your fitness goals if they're related to something that's not fleeting. So wanting to seek revenge on an ex-partner or just wanting to have the sexiest body in town probably aren't going to keep you on track for a long time.
How long he's been training for: Three years
Specialties: Core strength, weight loss and dynamic strength training
How many people do you know with an eight pack? No, we didn't spell six wrong. It's no wonder Austin Dotson has trained aspiring NFL athletes, celebrities and regular degular shmegular people wanting to transform their lives.
Dotson says he makes the impossible seem possible and judging by his workouts we can confirm that statement is true.
"There is nothing that can’t be done. I preach positivity and having the right mindset," the trainer said. "Anything you want is possible if you put in the effort to get it. Control what you can control and focus on getting at least 1 percent better everyday."
If his abs don't push you to get to the gym or hit a few core exercises right there on your living room floor, Dotson's daily motivational words will. He's dedicated to posting an inspirational message every morning on his page for those who follow him.
"I know my messages will hit everyone differently, but if my message gives just one of my followers the push or the drive they need to make a change or even turn their drive up a notch then I feel that I am doing my job as a motivator," Dotson said. "I want them to see that everything they have ever desired is on the other side of fear, laziness and hesitation."
How long she's been training for: Four years
Specialties: Core strength and glutes
Warning: Before you head to Adrianne Nina's Instagram page, make sure you've cleared your schedule for the day.
Her movements are so hypnotizing, you'll probably be stuck watching her videos for a long minute, then thinking to yourself "I can probably do that," then trying it out in your living room before coming to the realization that you shouldn't have done that, but wow this woman is strong.
Nina specializes in core strength through body awareness and controlled breathing and building stronger, fuller and more defined backsides, which work hand in hand. Since she's an expert in body movement, you can expect to see a lot of creative, fun and unique exercises on her page.
Whether you choose to be her client or just follow on Instagram, you can rest assured that you will feel inspired through her own self-discipline.
"In order to hold someone accountable for their goals, I must hold myself to the same standard or higher," said Nina.
So if you're currently reading this on your phone, the article is over now. Go ahead and open up your Instagram application and follow these trainers to help you get ahead of the "New Year, new me" fitness crowd.
You have inspirational trainers that are available for all your fitness needs, whether it be losing weight or just getting stronger, right at your fingertips.