I am going to start doing a regular feature on the blog called 'My Top 10' - hopefully giving you an insight into the things I love in fitness, food, fashion or travel.
This time I wanted to talk about Instagram and a little bit about how it all started for me as well as who I have been following for fitspo for the last 3 years.
I thought I would share with you my favourite fitness pages who I am still constantly looking for inspiration after all this time! I think it's worth mentioning that I currently follow over 900 accounts, so you can appreciate that this has actually been really hard to narrow down!
A little bit about me...
After inundating my personal account on Instagram with healthy food & gym selfies 3 years ago, I decided I needed to create a separate account. And so @cleanfitlifestyle was born! This was my original username before changing to @tallyrye in 2015. I started posting LOTS of food pictures and recipes. My breakfast posts became a bit of a regular feature and soon I had a feed FULL of Oats! I even made an E-book full of all my favourite breakfast & healthy dessert alternatives. It was amazing to discover this online community who shared my passion for all things health & fitness - something I lacked in real life.
Today, I still share alot of breakfast and healthy meal recipes and ideas with you guys. More recently, since working as a Personal Trainer from late 2014, I have started to share more workout ideas through videos, which I LOVE doing and hope you like them too?!
Anyways, let's crack on with this Top 10 shall we?!
1) @zannavandijk Zanna Van Djik
I started following Zanna waaaaay back in the early days when she was 'blondehealth' and only had a few thousand followers. I instantly thought 'I want to be friends with this girl, she too shares my love of nut butter'. When we met in 2014, we immediately bonded and I am proud to call this girl one of my closest friends and fellow creator of #GirlGains.
I always found her ambition, drive and work ethic very inspiring. This applies to all aspects of her life, but the dedication she has shown to the fitness industry and beyond is very admirable. And like myself, I appreciate Zanna's down to earth, no bull-sh*t approach to social media and the positive message she wants to put out there.
2) @healthyfitvic Victoria spence
I started following Vicky after a few months after creating my own account. Her personal journey and transformation has been incredible to watch online, as well as personally. I met Vicky at the same time I met Zanna and am also really proud to call her an extremely close friend and the final piece of the pie that makes up GirlGains!
If you didn't know, Vicky's story is truly inspiring. After battling with an eating disorder, she began her account to overcome it - and she did it in some style! Now she is a Personal Trainer, a past bikini champion and the creator of her own online coaching programme. I always go to Vicky to be uplifted and to be reminded to not comare myself, but to focus on loving myself flaws and all at all stages of my health and fitness journey.
3) @marie.wold Marie Wold
I have been following Marie since pretty much the day I started my own fitness account. Back in the day, Marie was known as @fitgirlfuel and posted awesome recipe ideas and shared parts of her journey. Fast forward to today and she was gone from strength to strength. Not only gaining over 90K followers, but competing in NPC Bikini shows. I like her workouts, admire her dedication to her lifestyle and love that she loves Quest Bars like I do.
4) @emilyskyefit Emily Skye
I'm not usually one for 'body goals' but for me Emily Skye is one of my body inspirations. She is strong, loves training glutes and rocks a bikini like no-one else. I also enjoy the fact, that she could simply just use her body to promote her own brand, but there is more to her than that! She believes in loving yourself no matter what, celebrating your flaws and not comapring yourself to anyone else - something which really resonates with me. And on a fashion note, I LOVE her colourful workout wardrobe.
5)@clean_eating_alice Alice Liveing
Alice is not only the queen of poached eggs and amazing breakfasts, she is also one extremely talented lady. We both come from a drama school background, and I really admire Alice for persuing her passion for Musical Theatre AND Health & Fitness at the same time - don't underestimate how tough that is! Alice has also become a good friend, and I was blown away by her performance in the musical Annie. I love Alice's account for amazing meal inspiration, fun workout videos and motivating selfies and I think you will too!
6) @em_dunc Emily Duncan
Em_Dunc is more than just a 'bikini athlete' on instagram. She doesn't train like a conventional body builder and quite frankly, does her own thing- and I love her for it. It's crazy to think that she's still at college, trains hard and competes with great success. I also like that she too believes in female empowerment and putting out a positive message. And on a more shallow note, her make-up game is incredibly strong.
7) @achievingbalance Tanya Poppett
This Aussie chick definitely brings a beautiful bit of sunshine to my Instagram feed. I have followed her for a few years and LOVE her awesome workout videos - I have tried a lot of her workouts over the years and they are always killer. I love her unique approach to working out as she's not your traditional gym bunny as she prefers to get outdoors and train in the park, on the beach or even on her balcony.
8) @madeleychloe Chloe Madeley
The daughter of Richard & Judy, Chloe takes a no nonsense approach to fitness and I love it. I love following her because she takes a very sassy selfie, clearly works her butt off for her goals and really aims to educate people through social media and her website fitnessfondue.com. She also loves to keep it real and shows the not so glam side to fitness too which is really refreshing.
9) @twicethehealth Hannah Tyldsley & Emily Kier
My favourite fitness duo, they make that square look a lot easier than it seems (trust me, I tried and failed epically)! From thier cute matching outfits, to delicious recipes and workout reviews, I can always count on these two to brighten my day and keep the fun in fitness. And as friends of mine, I love working out with them and trying to keep up with thier awesome running pace. Go check these two out!
10) @thefoodmedic Hazel Wallace
Hazel is another one who seemingly manages to do it all. She is about to graduate and become Dr.Wallace and yet also runs 'The Food Medic'. When I look at Hazel's instagram, I am always impressed how she dedicates time to training AND studying, and does both with great success. She makes amazing flexbowls and loves a cheeky HIIT workout - I check out Hazel for workout and nutrition inspiration.