If you were secretly glad that all the gyms have closed, I have some bad news for you.

Although we may have to get creative and think a little outside the, well, gym — there’s plenty of help and inspiration to be found online. If anyone’s really benefitting from this Covid-19 situation, it’s the fitness influencers on Instagram. This is their time to shine.

It certainly won’t be the first time we’ve turned to social media for consolation and entertainment during this strange homebound lifestyle. But exercise isn’t just another thing to do to pass the time during self-isolation. Given that a spread of a disease has caused us all to be in this weird situation in the first place, the physical and mental benefits of working out are now more important than ever. We’re looking to some fun, heart-pumping, and motivating fitness influencers on Instagram to keep us in shape, despite the constant snacking that is inevitable during quarantine. From pilates instructors to celebrity trainers, these workout experts will be helping us stay in top form through self-isolation and that sedentary #WFH life.

We might not all have private home gyms or fancy exercise equipment to hand, but we do have phones and the internet. These days, isn’t that all you really need? Now use them to get fit and stay healthy. For some fun and effective (and free!) at-home workout videos, go give these guys a follow…

[Feature image: @kayla_itsines/Instagram. Hero image: Jonathan Borba/Unsplash.]

Shona Vertue

Shona’s workout philosophy is a combination of yoga, strength training, and cardio together to create a routine focused on overall fitness — from muscle building to flexibility. She’s also a personal trainer who’s worked with David Beckham and the cast of Wonder Woman.

Megan Roup

The founder of ‘The Sculpt Society’  uses fun dance moves combined with high-rep toning exercises to get you in great shape. You can either follow her IG account for quick clips of at-home workouts, or get her Sculpt Society app for a more comprehensive selection of her signature workouts.

James Stirling A.K.A. ‘The London Fitness Guy’

He’s not just any London fitness guy, though.

Kayla Itsines

With one of the biggest social media fitness empires (12.3 million followers), Kayla must be doing something right when it comes to working out effectively. What’s most amazing is that most of her exercises are done simply at home without any equipment. With her inspiring abs and frequent shares of before-and-after photos from her followers, here’s a truly promising way to get a bikini body for, well, whenever we can actually travel somewhere again.

Jordan Syatt

What we love about Jordan’s Instagram (apart from the killer quarantine-adapted workouts for people at home), is that he’s also both knowledgable and super funny. He’ll also post myth-busters and tips on weight-loss and fitness as well as very relatable “stay at home” memes. If you have specific questions, he’ll also take the time to respond to all his messages.

Karn Chatikavanij
Style Writer
A globetrotter with a love for sushi and Miu Miu, Karn is a fan of all things upbeat, delicious, and well-dressed. Her frequent activities include packing for beach trips, listening to 80s music, and trying to make daytime pyjamas happen.