7 Best fitness accounts to follow on Instagram for your 2021 body and workout inspo
2021 is all about making new changes and getting used to a new normal. With a breakout of Covid-19 cases in gyms across Klang Valley and a potentially impending second Movement Control Order looming, it's time to consider working out from home. Now that we're dependent on our mobile devices and looking for alternative ways to work out, here are seven fitness influencers you can follow to achieve your 2021 #bodygoals. We've also added a few Instagram accounts that aim to set the record straight on food and fitness. Whether you're keen to exercise in your living room or just need some daily inspiration, add them on to brighten up your feed.
1. Jordan Yeoh
Jordan Yeoh may very well be one of Malaysia’s top male fitness influencers (he’s not far from one million followers on Instagram). His Youtube channel is filled with fat-burning exercises and ab sculpting techniques. The best part is, almost all of his recent content was filmed outdoors or in his living room, meaning anyone can do it just about anywhere. His steps are easy to follow, from crunch heel touches to staggered jump squats.
2. Danae Mercer
Danae Mercer is an inspiration. If you have, at some point, felt a sense of body insecurity while scrolling through your Instagram timeline or grid, Danae is the person to follow as she sets things straight. Often sharing side-to-side images of herself to raise awareness on how harmful and misleading social media images can be, she is an open critic of deceptive content posted online and is outspoken about everything from cellulite to stretch marks. A number of her videos, where she talks about styling, lighting and retouching, have also gone viral on TikTok.
3. Julia van der Drift
This certified Pilates instructor knows how to make you sweat. Julia van der Drift is the founder and “master Pilates” instructor at Sculpt Cub Malaysia. On her profile, you can find her doing Reformer Pilates exercises and is someone to model yourself after if your 2021 goals are to improve on coordination, mobility and balance. She does just about any physical (and mental) exercise you can imagine, from tennis to cycling and yes, lots of yoga. This 27-year-old is the queen of energy, motivation and powerful hamstrings.
4. Kimberly Leggett
Our former Miss Universe Malaysia has gone from the catwalk to the barbell. Kimberly Leggett has all the body goals you’ll need for 2021. From building a sexy back to doing the perfect squat, she knows it all. Kimberly is also a personal trainer and an online fitness coach so she knows all about attaining goals no matter what stage of your fitness journey may be. Her posts even clarify common errors that happen during workouts and show you all the details from a good grip to the correct posture. If you’re still doubtful, her recent outdoor photoshoot will set you on the right track.
5. Benny Price
This plant-based martial artist, coach and personal trainer is the founder and CEO of fit tech app Joompa (a platform that connects users to the country's top personal fitness instructors). What can you expect from Benny Price a.k.a Coach Benny? Insightful tutorials on how to do everything from biomechanics to the myth about running to lose weight and even breathing exercises. Benny will give you a harsh dose of reality with his upfront and direct approach to coaching and directing. Joompa's IGTV also features a few lockdown tips for home training. Connect with him on his platforms and check out Joompa here.
6. Kinetic Diabetic
If you are someone who may be intimidated by your typical “gym bro” and wants an easier approach to fitness, consider Jacob Weber. He openly shares the handling of his diabetes on Instagram as well as numerous “how-to” guides when it comes to food. His profile is well-curated and he covers an array of topics. He even does tutorials on how to make banana bread and a low-sugar Snicker bar. He is open, articulate and severely underrated.
7. Adam Pfau
Adam Pfau is a master of nutrition and cardio training. He often shares hilarious infographics debunking myths and setting attainable goals for his followers. He is also open about his fitness journey and his transformation from skinny to lean (although being skinny isn’t bad, love yourself for you!). In addition, he consistently shares fitness tips and “how-to” guides but done through a layer of humour. His “do’s and don’ts” are simple and easy to follow, from foods to cut out of your diet to how to do a dumbbell row.
The Clean Health Fitness Institute is a fitness bible followed by thousands of gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts. Their Instagram is set up by fitness professionals who conduct live Q&A sessions and offer in-depth dissections on the differences between a sumo and conventional deadlift.
As the name suggests, this account is all about people who want to lose weight but done in a healthy manner. Their infographics share safe tips on losing body fat while debunking fitness generalisations. They break down health in a truthful and open way and dish out simple tips that anyone can do.
If you are looking to follow a food and wellness account, consider this one! @wholesome_lee debunks meal and food myths as well as her own weight-loss hacks. Her TikTok tutorials are amusing and she’s all about enjoying food but doing so in a smart and health-conscious way. She frequently shares eat-more-for-less posts where she discusses foods that will satisfy hunger, contain low calories and still leave you feeling energised after.
This account is run by Josh Cortis, a certified exercise physiologist. He shares recipes for his meal preparations and the best part is, they can be done with simple ingredients. Cortis’s plans are detailed, down to the calorie count as well as the prep and cook time. Did you know you could make strawberries and cream oatmeal bake in less than an hour? He’s got you covered from just about any dish, from sriracha chicken wings to salsa chicken quinoa.
Rachel Paul is a PhD-holding nutritionist who shares both meal plans and weight-loss hacks. Her TikToks are both enjoyable and instructional and she also debunks myths regarding food consumption. Need a high protein meal that requires minimal prep? Or maybe how to do a Big Mac salad? She’s got you covered. Her plans are realistic and suited to your taste and lifestyle.