Top Ten Exercise Gurus

Do you need exercise gurus?

When you plan to get in shape or continue to work out, your determination is essential. 

You can’t exercise today and expect to lose some of your unwanted fats tomorrow.

It’s a grind that requires perseverance to bear results, and when you’re finally decided to commit to a program, sticking to it, whether you see outcomes or not, would be the test of it all.

But let’s face it – it’s easier said than done, most especially that everybody can’t go to the gym anymore like they used to. However, there’s no excuse to skip an exercise this time because there’s an alternative to working out – using the internet.

Good thing, there are exercise gurus on the web who can help you reach your goal. 

All you need is access to YouTube, and you’re good to go!

Fitness trainers to reach your body goals

It was in the 1980s when exercise gurus became popular. Celebrities started the trend of shooting straight-to-video workout programs that you could watch and mimic at home. The famous names to ever do this were Kathy Smith and Jane Fonda.

In modern times, influencers have taken the spot of traditional celebrities as exercise gurus. Just go to YouTube alone, and you’ll see a long list of fitness enthusiasts who have a massive following. 

Who are our top ten exercise gurus? The Cognitive Health and Wellness Institute has listed them down:

Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks

The name Joe Wicks is inevitable when it comes to lifestyle and fitness online. His four million followers are a testament to this. Known as the “The Body Coach,” this guru generously provides a 15-minute meal and workout plan to guide his followers toward a slimmer and healthier lifestyle.

Wicks published the book Lean in 15, and with it, he received a significant number of praises and acclaims for his innovative approach to healthy fitness routines and recipes. He has become a personal trainer for many years, so the vast following he has created online shouldn’t be surprising.

Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines

Talk about one of the most well-known fitness experts in the world, and you’d see Kayla Itsines on the list. She has over thirteen million Instagram followers that made her an instant online celebrity in fitness. If you’re looking for motivation, check her Instagram feed, and you’d find inspiring stories to get you moving. 

This Australian-based personal trainer has empowered millions of women to improve their bodies and fitness. She used her knowledge and passion in crafting myriads of fitness ebooks, including tilted Bikini Body Guides, workout applications, and meal plans.

Simeon Panda

Simeon Panda

Forbes voted for this next man in this list as one of the world’s top ten influencers, and his body and physique would make you understand why. He has helped hundreds and thousands of men and women all over the globe who want to stay fit and healthy. 

Simeon has also created best-selling training ebooks to help his followers get into shape. This fitness addict started blogging in 2013, which allowed him to gain millions of followers on social media. 

Luke Worthington

Luke Worthington

Luke’s mantra is “move better, think better, eat better, feel better.” He’s an all-around nutritionist, sports massage therapist, and personal trainer.

He turned actors into athletes for notable film and TV productions like Star Wars and Killing Eve. He is also the head trainer of the ITV series “Harry’s Heroes” and has trained World Champions from 5 different sports.

Luke is one of London’s best trainers according to the Evening Standard and a highly qualified sports scientist. He believes that understanding bio- and neuromechanics, psychology and emotional wellbeing is critical in optimizing our physical potential and capabilities.

Tally Rye

Tally Rye

London-based Tally is a fitness instructor, personal trainer and author of the book, “Train Happy “ She specializes in intuitive movement and non-diet exercise plans for people to nurture positive relationships with their bodies.

She’s a content creator with a growing following in YouTube, Spotify and Apple podcasts, Facebook, and Instagram @tallyrye. She emphasizes having healthy habits, ditching the diet culture, a positive lifestyle, and enjoying all things in moderation. 

Tally also shares recipes on her website and happy workout routines that you can try wherever you are.

Rich Froning

Rich Froning

Rich Froning, the “fittest man in history,” is an 8-time CrossFit Games Champion. He has a tattoo with the Bible verse, Galatians 6:14, on his left side (from armpit to his hip). 

True to his Twitter bio @richfroning, Rich believes that we are all created for a purpose greater than ourselves, which led to the creation of the site Mayhem Mission. Here, he gives, reaches out, and impacts the world with his advocacies of promoting good health and fitness all around.

He also has virtual CrossFit games, workouts and various media resources (videos, articles, etc.) available online. Rich does not stick to any diet plan or count his calories but makes sure he works out multiple times a day.

Jen Selter

Jen Selter

New York-based Jen Selter is a global fitness instructor and influencer with over 12 million followers on Instagram (@jenselter). She inspires and motivates her followers strictly with a “no-negativity” policy.

She popularized her signature “Seltering” poses that fitness enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes can follow. Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Vanity Fair, among others also had Jen as their featured guest a number of times. 

Jen’s pinned tweet is a constant reminder to everyone: “You’re always going to be ‘to something to someone. Just be yourself.” If you want to learn exercise and recipes you can relate to, Jen may be a good fit for you.

Natalie Jill

Natalie Jill

Natalie’s mission is to help midlife women kill “false assumed truths” a.k.a F.A.T. In all of her social media, you can find the ongoing motto that “you’re not too old, and it’s not too late!” Indeed, she embodies this truth as a fit and successful woman in her forties!

She developed a 7-day Jump Start program and wrote a book about the same. It talks about working out with your own body and not doing dangerous diets or unhealthy calorie restrictions.

Natalie is the model for “ageing in reverse,” who helps people worldwide understand functional fitness. Interestingly, when asked about her vocation, she says she “kills F.A.T. for a living.” We couldn’t agree more!

Tony Horton

Tony Horton

Dubbed as “the most influential man in health and fitness,” Tony started his career working out of his garage. He trained a 20th Century Fox executive in the 90s, charging only $20 per lesson at the time.

Tony’s clientele list grew from there, which included Annie Lennox, Usher, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, etc. He then created P90x, a best-selling commercial home exercise regimen now wildly popular around the globe.

A world-class motivational speaker and author, Tony guested in many TV programs talking about healthy living, nutrition, and exercise. He is a fitness and lifestyle expert, and he also ventured into business with Ultimate Salon Professionals. 


Rebecca, a NASM-certified workout trainer, is the founder of the BTES Fitness app. She wrote the best-selling book “It Takes Grit” and hosts the podcast inspired by the book.

Rebecca’s guests are the likes of Olympic champion Katie Hoff and entrepreneurs Chris and Lori Harder in the podcast. Here, she helps her 250,000 listeners to overcome excuses in fitness and accomplish long-term changes in nutrition.

Rebecca is an exercise guru and influencer who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entrepreneur, and Vogue. She is also the face of Le Coq Sportif and ambassador for Nike, Disney, GoPro, among others. 

Famous fitness icons who inspire

Do you need inspiration for a healthier lifestyle? These widely-known fitness and exercise gurus have various ideas and tips you can learn from for sure.

These names have shown astonishing campaigns promoting wellness, proper nutrition and overall wellbeing in their respective networks and communities.

Check these exercise influencers out! Who knows? This could be the start of a brand new healthier you!

Did you find your favourite exercise gurus from the list, or do you know others from whom you’re currently getting inspiration? 


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