Health Care, Love, Wellness

These fitness queens are breaking societal standards of fit

Check out these YouTube and Instagram accounts for dancing, bodyweight training and feeling good in your own skin.

You don’t need to pay a $100 monthly gym fee to get fit, improve your mental health, and enjoy your body, regardless of societal standards of fit. Check out these YouTube and Instagram accounts for dancing, bodyweight training and feeling good in your own skin. These accounts are created by women of color and curvy women who are proud of their bods and won’t allow anything to stop them from feeling amazing about themselves.

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Women of color, LGBTQ women of color and women of color with disabilities who exercise are the central focus of this account. Not only does this account show these women exercising, it  posts food ideas and affirmations to inspire and motivate, as well as featuring other bad ass women. On a whole, it promotes self love and works hard to portray that getting fit and feeling good about your body is ultimately for you and and only you.

SFM Fitness:

This hijabi Instagrammer does it all. Canadian Saman Munir posts photos and videos of her workouts training at high intensity and working every inch of her body. She often posts workouts at her gym, as well as demos at her home or outside her garage, using just her body. Saman features the modest clothing she wears in every IG post and as a hijabi, it is always refreshing to see fit hijabis who don’t allow their headscarves to get in their way. PSA: This girl makes full body pull-ups look effortless – you go girl!


Embrace the body you have – this is Louise Green’s message. She does not allow her weight or an idea of a goal weight stop her from enjoying working out. One of my favorite posts of hers is, “20 things that women should stop wearing after the age of 30: The weight of other people’s expectations and judgements.” WORD.


This account promotes fitness for all bodies and this program seeks to reimagine what it means for marginalized folks to engage in fitness/wellness practices that promote healing.  Also, their merch is pretty dope. One of the sold-out shirts say, “F*ck your fitness standards.” This account is making moves through highlighting trans, non-binary and queer contributors who make working out a forum for everyone.

Curves with Moves:

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Just Do It! Tomorrow I teach at one of the biggest events of my dance career. It all comes back full circle. See 3 years ago when I started openly posting about being a plus size dancer and my journey I kept doubting myself and thought maybe this dance thing was stupid. But I stayed true to myself and kept pushing, even when I didn’t feel my best. Last year I attended @thecurvycon with a ticket a blogger friend gave me. Now this year I am “Talent” for tomorrow and kicking off Friday’s Dance Off event for Curvy Con!! This just keeps reminding me that any bad days of feeling insecure or not enough does not compare to my willingness to keep pushing and give so much MORE. I promise to give my best tomorrow and dance my ass off with you ladies. Let’s Do It! ? @amandasavinon • • • • • • • • • • #bodypositive #curvydancer #dancenyc #dancer #latina  #instadance #loveyourself #plusfitness #plusdance #psfit #curvyfitness #psblogger  #plussizefitness #respectmycurves  #thisbody  #selflove #bodypositivity #bopo #psmodel #plusmodel #curvymodel #nike #justdoit

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Jessie Diaz-Herrera is a dancer who can work it. She posts dance choreography along with videos of plus size women dancing and teaching others how to as well. She emphasizes the importance of self-love and realignment with your values with some of her posts.

YouTube channels

Zumba with Vijayana Tupurani:

Vijayana is based out of India and her videos are not only the traditional Latin Zumba, but Indian bhangra and other Bollywood inspired dance moves. Her channel features playlists for 30-minute and 1-hour workouts and I promise, they go by so fast since they’re so much fun. Be patient with yourself as you will eventually get the choreography down! I think my future side career may even be a Zumba instructor. Zumba has empowered me and made feel alive on my worst days and out of all the fitness classes I have tried, Zumba has been the most welcoming to all bodies and people.

Fit Body by Ashley:

After I saw Black Panther and fell in love with the soundtrack, I needed to dance to it and that was how I discovered Ashley’s YouTube page. Check out her Afro-HIIT workout that is Black Panther inspired! She shakes it everywhere – from the beach to other outdoor locations so not only are the moves fun but the view is also a change from a typical dance studio or garage.


I found out about Keaira Lashae through a PopSugar video of hip hop Tabata, a HIIT workout that is 20 seconds of work in four rounds with ten seconds of rest in between. She is a fit mom who makes working out go by quickly and her tutorials always make me laugh.

These Instagrammers and YouTubers are a great place to start. Not only will you be able to follow along in your room, hotel room or even a place outside, but these women are role models. They’ve inspired me to get creative with how I exercise and they illustrate body, sexual and ethnic diversity in the fitness world, which certainly needs more diversity.