We're a few weeks into the new year, so I figure it might be a good time to ask... Did you keep your resolution? Surprisingly, I'm doing pretty well with mine! If you've managed to slip up though, don't sweat it! There's absolutely NO shame in starting fresh whenever you feel ready - you don't need to wait for a brand new year to change your life.
For a lot of people, New Years is the time where you promise yourself that you'll get in shape in the coming year. Whether you're planning on trying out a new workout, finally getting on that new diet, or all of the above, it can be hard to stay motivated, especially through the cold, winter weather!
One thing that I find always helps me is seeing other people meet their goals. Sometimes you just need to spend some time scrolling through the Instagram of a super fit girl who's already been through the process and knows the struggle first hand. Lucky for you, there's no shortage of girls like that here in Alberta.
The following is a list, (not ranked in ANY order at all, simply the order that I found their amazing profiles in) of inspiring, amazing, badass fit girls here in Alberta that will inspire you to get off your butt, and go to that barre class! If you're in need of some motivation right now, be sure to follow them on their fitness journeys:
Lahari // @lahariyoga
When you watch other people do yoga, it looks totally soothing and relaxing. When you try it yourself, however, it can be totally challenging. Luckily, amazing yoga teachers like Lahari exist in order to make the process a bit more simple! She teaches yoga in St. Albert, but also has her BSc in Nursing - talk about hard work!
Ivy Wong // @1vy.wong
Like so many of us, Ivy is using 2019 as an excuse to get in shape, and we love it! Apart from just working out, she's also trying out eating keto, which is a widely loved lifestyle change for so many people! When she's not working out, you can also find her doing lashes @vv_mintlashes.
Stacy Clough // @_stace_xo_
Not only is Stacy in AMAZING shape, she also happens to be an entrepreneur in the fitness industry! She's the brains behind @bitememealsyeg, an Edmonton healthy meal prep service for those of you who struggle with meal planning yourselves! Did we mention she also owns three adorable French Bulldogs?!
Rebecca // @rebeccaulmer_fit
Rebecca's Instagram bio describes her as "persistent and determined", and we think that those words fit perfectly! She's super candid about her fitness journey throughout her posts, and also shares some of her favourite recipes and beauty tips on her page!
Korrie Pearson // @korriepearson
When it comes to the fitness world, Korrie certainly has a lot going for her! She's not only a CPA Bikini Competitor but also a CPT & Certified Nutritionist. As if that weren't enough, she also owns @kingsandqueensfit, which is her page for online coaching, in-person training, customized meal plans, and of course, athletic apparel.
Jayme // @jaymeshealthylife
As much as we all love seeing progress photos and selfies, I think we all also love a little food porn from time to time... And let me tell you, Jayme's IG has PLENTY. Her feed is made up of some seriously beautiful smoothie bowls, protein pancakes, and of course, selfies!
Wing // @wing_vanness
If you're getting bored of your regular workout routine, take some inspiration from Wing, who's a big fan of Taekwondo and Hapkido. She works as a strength coach for both adults and youth, and is the owner of Wings Fitness Studio in Calgary!
Janine Ouderkirk // @janine_elizabeth_fitness
In her bio, Janine says that she's like a "real-life Wonderwoman". Take one look at her profile - we think that you'll agree. She is both a wife, and a mom, but still manages to stay in tip-top shape, and help others do the same!
Jocelyne Pare // @jocelyne_pare
If you ever need a reminder that moms can be badass too, Jocelyne's page is the place to go. Her Instagram is dedicated to her wife and two kids, her fitness endeavours, and her day-to-day life, all of which she makes look totally fabulous. She refers to herself as not only a fitness coach but also a self-love teacher - we love that!
Taylor Le // @_taylorle
After creeping Taylor's Instagram, it's safe to say I'm about ready to steal her whole wardrobe - she has the cutest workout clothes! Her page consists of workout inspo, her daily life, and her ADORABLE Boston Terrier, Mia.
Rachael Davies // @rdavv
Just by looking at Rachael, you can tell that she works hard for the body she has! When we tell you that she's a first place bikini competitor though, then you KNOW how hard she works. Her Instagram is the perfect representation of "work hard, play hard", and we love it.
Floraine Paccoud // @training.with.floraine
Over the past few years, something called "holistic wellness" has become increasingly popular. If you're wondering what exactly that is, our girl Floriane can tell you all about it! She works as a fitness coach in Edmonton, offering both 1 on 1 and online services to clients.
Anne // @annnefitness
Anne is pretty new to the Fitsgram game, but she's still killing it nonetheless! From her progress pictures, you can see just how determined she is, and just how much hard work she puts in. We can't wait to see where her fitness journey takes her!
Nat Beers // @natbeers
Remember that point in time when people were uncomfortable with women having abs? I think those comments might have stopped as soon as they saw Nat's seriously toned core. She's both a crossfit and nutrition coach, so we're not surprised at all that she looks so good!
Chelsea Clarke // @cclarke_19
If you're ever too scared to head over to the heavy weights section of the gym, just take a peek at Chelsea's Instagram. If she can lift like that, then you can too! As a future RN, Chelsea cares a lot about her health, meaning she works out regularly. She's also an ambassador for Krusaders Lifestyle and Bucked Up Supplements!
Keri // @housegrove
As a certified pole instructor, Keri knows all about staying in shape while stepping outside of the box. Her classes are always fun, and a really great place for people of all levels of expertise to get into pole dancing! In her spare time, Keri also enjoys cosplay and Star Wars.
Alycia Benson // @alycia.benson
When she's not at the gym, you can find Alicia modelling with various photographers in Edmonton. Her page is a mix of photoshoots and gym selfies, but one thing's for sure, after looking through her page, you'll want to hit the gym ASAP!
Thea Green // @thea.green
If you're hesitant about the vegan or gluten-free lifestyle, just take a quick look through Thea's feed - she'll convince you to go for it. Her feed has a little bit of everything, from healthy recipes and amazing outfits, to travel and adventure with her beautiful family!
Kayla Harris // @harriskaylarose
In her bio, Kayla says, "I want to inspire others to live a positive, healthy lifestyle." Well trust us, girl - you're doing the damn thing. Kayla's feed is full of fun selfies from her day-to-day life, workout photos, and of course, transformation photos!
Anne // @anniemkm
Attending a spin class can be hard enough, but can you imagine how much work it takes to instruct one!? If you're looking for somewhere new in YYC to cycle, be sure to visit Anne at Hot Shop! When she's not teaching, she's also been working on her yoga game to stay in such great shape.
Shey Nouri // @missfitshey
If you want to look as fit as Shey, we recommend you toss her a follow ASAP! Her Instagram is home to all kinds of inspiring selfies, workout tips and tricks, and her YouTube channel, which is coming soon!
Raeann Dodd // @raeann.dodd
As a Pro Elite Fitness Model, Raeann looks how most of us only DREAM of looking. It doesn't come easy though - she definitely works hard for that body. She's a Hard Magnum and Drip Fit athlete, and is also a part of Team Ignite Fitness!
Quinn Clark // @quinnclark
Meet the queen of the gym selfie, Quinn! She's another gal with the cutest workout clothes and an even cuter feed! She's a past bikini competitor and is very dedicated to staying in shape so she can look and feel her best.
Jess Kwasny // @jesskwasny
Even after just taking a quick scroll through Jess' Instagram I'm feeling inspired to go to the gym, so imagine how gym ready you'll be once you follow her, or maybe even become one of her personal training clients! Jess' posts are always full of information about muscles, workouts, inspirational quotes, and much, much more.
Wynter Dollie // @wynterdollie
A lot of people will keep their workout routine to doing cardio at the gym, but Wynter likes to keep things interesting. She's a dance and pole instructor at Aradia in Edmonton, so if you've ever been interested in getting in shape through your more sensual side, she's your girl!
Libby Nimijean // @libbynimijean
If you've never tried a barre class, we can tell you that you're for sure missing out! If you're wondering why, just ask our girl, Libby! She's the founding trainer over at Barre Belle, which is a super popular fitness studio in Calgary. Her Instagram feed is full of fun workout snaps, as well as photos from her adventurous daily life.
Taylor Headon // @taylormade_fitness_
If group fitness classes are your thing, then Taylor's your girl! When she's not teaching, you can also find her doing personal training, hanging out with her dog, Betty, or adventuring through the mountains! Her page will definitely put a smile on your face.
Lisa Kohut // @lisa.mskohut
If you care a lot about aesthetics, then you'll LOVE Lisa's feed - it's one of the prettiest we've seen. You can find her teaching spin class at CycleBar Windermere when she's not working as a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep! Her page also offers plenty of tasty plant-based meal options for those of you interested in going vegan or vegetarian!
Marcy W // @marcydub.u
Just by looking at Marcy you'd never guess her age. Try not to freak out when we tell you that she's actually 43! I can only hope I look this good by the time I'm her age. Marcy's IG is full of workout inspiration, selfies, updates on her life, and much more!
Of course, this list doesn't even begin to include all of the amazing fitness professionals in Alberta, or even those who just workout as a hobby! There are so many amazing sources of inspiration out there, so go ahead and find them, and make 2019 the year that you finally start reaching your dreams, whether they're fitness related, or not.