5 Instagram fitness geniuses you need to follow now

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Lets face it, with all the millions upon billions of instagram users it can be hard to find the needle in the haystack when it comes to educated, knowledgeable and insightful fitness accounts.

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All the “30 day booty challenge” and “#fitspo” bullshit can really confuse people as to what really is the honest and educated truth.

Don’t worry! You’re in luck. Over the course of many years I’ve come to find some of the most incredibly inspiring and qualified fitness guru’s of today’s fitness industry.

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Here are my personal top 5 instagram fitness geniuses to start your Monday off with a bang!

#1 Keltie O’Connor@keltieoconnor
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Keltie has been an incredible inspiration to me for many years. She runs her own training business of Kananaskis to Ocean and also has an awesome vlog channel that features a lot of what Keltie’s day to day life entails as a fitness trainer and bikini competitor.

Do you like puppies? Cookies? Monster energy drinks? Lululemon? This babe sure does!

From macros to Lululemon try ons, this girl is full of great tips and tricks to follow your own fitness dreams. For Keltie’s program inquiries click the link here.

#2 Kalim Menzel@rippedtoshredz
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I can’t say enough great things about Kalim of Ripped to Shredz. Not only has he helped me curve a lot of my anxieties with my obsessive compulsiveness with exercise and diet, he truly inspired me to be my best in life itself.

Kalim is extremely knowledgable in many areas of nutrition and training. His clientele speaks for itself, he has helped many men and women achieve their goals without losing sight of a balanced lifestyle.

If you’re looking for some serious food porn and full proof facts on diet and exercise I suggest giving Kalim a follow. For coaching inquries contact him at rippedtoshredz@gmail.com

#3 Chloe Elizabeth@chloeknowsmacros

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I have followed Chloe for quite some time. She probably gets as close as possible in relation to my struggles with recovery from my eating disorder.

Chloe has been binge free since 2013 and continues to make a statement of what a healthy mind, body and spirit really is.

This young lady counts macros and makes the most of them with a lot of delicious froyo and other treats along the way.

If you are looking for recovery inspiration – look no further!

#4 Jeremy Bell@prime_performance_21

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What can I say about Jeremy other than an absolute genius when it comes to strength and conditioning. Jeremy runs his training business Prime Performance through the Evolve Strength gym and continues to make a huge footprint in the industry.

With a ton of insightful and knowledgeable posts Jeremy has shown the fitness industry just what it takes to hit those powerful squats and deadlifts numbers.

If you’re looking to really gain some serious information on building up your strength I suggest taking the time to check Jeremy out. Inquiries about strength training? contact him at jdbell1@ualberta.ca 

#5 Michael Dietrich@michaeldietrich

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Michael is easily one of the most knowledgeable and educated trainers I have ever met.
Himself and his lovely wifey Danica are owners and operators of the FitMD business they started back in 2010.

With one on one sessions Michael has had clients grow and flourish into the best person they can be. With countless testimonials FitMD has time and time again proved how they have made their mark on the fitness industry.

Not only does Michael stay fit and healthy inside the gym, but also all over the mountains! This mountain man surely will put your stamina game to shame.
Check out some of his back country hikes here.

For training and program inquiries contact Michael here.

If you’re going to spend a good portion of your day scrolling social media at the very least find some people to follow that YOU can learn from.

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Happy Monday fit babes, have a great week!

xo
Karly
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Low carb substitutions to get the most of your macros

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Lets be honest here; who doesn’t love a butt load of pizza or bread? (yes butt load is a legitimate term of measurement) But we all know carbs are not the enemy – or at least I hope you know this already.

I’m going to make this a short and sweet post that you’ll benefit the most from. Less reading more eating!

Anyone who is familiar with tracking Marcos I’m sure can tell you at most times you’ll want to fill your carbs with filling and nutritious properties and or benefits. Foods that will give you the proper energy to sustain whatever you have ahead in your day. I myself love to figure out new ways to save my carbs so I can fit in treats when I want.

Don’t worry, these recipes are so easy you’ll have no problem working your way around the kitchen like a pro.

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Here’s a few options to help you save your carbs;

Cauliflower

I can’t tell you enough how much I love cauliflower. There are so many ways to use this blooming white vegetable. You can find many recipes readily available such as:

fried cauliflower rice

cauliflower hot wings

cauliflower steaks

cauliflower bites

cauliflower pizza

cauliflower bread sticks

I know I’m beginning to sound like someone familiar..


Zucchini

Another great option to use if you’re looking for a filling replacement. Tons of fiber as well! Easily can be added into lots of baking.

Zucchini noodles

Zucchini fries

Zucchini muffins

Zucchini Oats

Zucchini pizza

Zucchini bread sticks

Don’t forget to about proper seasoning….
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Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash (or any squash for that matter) serves as a great substitute for pastas. You can easily make any pasta dish with spaghetti squash as a replacement and cut your carbs into a quarter of what they normally would be.

Learn how to cook spaghetti squash in no time -> HERE

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Now not only are these substitutions tasty as fuck, you can save some of those carbs for those donuts you’ve been thinking about all day. Go get em’ tiger.

Happy ALMOST hump day,

xo
Karly
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Quick fix diets and the unfortunate encouragement of bullshit trainers in mainstream media.

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Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers and fit babes!

First and foremost I wanted to thank everyone who made The Honest Fit Girl blog such a success in the late months of 2016. Cheers to more cursing, hunky work out babes and inappropriate scenarios in the year to come.

I did my bit of research prior to writing this post and naturally I found many forms of quick weight loss programs. How many times have you seen “Lose 10lbs in 10 days!” “Lose 30lbs for $20!” “Eat our food guaranteed 5 dress sizes down!” Oh god the list can go on forever.

The Dodo dog dogs exercise lazyThere are two major issues here, people being lazy and not willing to put in the extra time and effort it takes to make things long term effective and healthy. And of course the bullshit trainers, coaches and programs out there today.

Recently there was one quick fix program that stood out from the rest in my eyes. Now, I’m not going to name names but I’m sure a lot of my readers (especially local) will know what program I am referring to. Let me say this clearly, I am strictly only speaking my personal opinion on the subject and whatever the reader may take away from this is their own judgement and opinion regardless of mine. There done – moving on!

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Let’s get down to the dirty, shall we? There are no regulations, monitoring or overlook of certified vs uncertified trainers/coaches. It is without a doubt that it is a scary place when you are searching for a trainer or coach to create a program for you. YOU are putting your livelihood, health (mental and physical) into the hands of another person. Now clearly you are solely responsible for following what you want, but in saying this a lot of people are misguided into extreme weight loss measures that no one in their right mind should do. But they’re your coach? You should trust them no? They know what they’re talking about right? That’s the big problem here. When a “trainer/coach” is marketing or pushing their programs they will include words such as “fit” or “healthy” which are going to lure you in, no doubt! But it is our own responsibility to use our common sense and best judgement in these situations.

Using subject “A” as an example;
When trainer/coach aka subject “A” claims to use “extreme self experimentation” and “reading all the scientific information possible” as a means of experience and qualifications… don’t walk, run. Fair enough, people are entitled to their opinions (as I type out my personal thoughts). But even I know enough that trying to guide or train someone with little or no certification in most cases is not okay.

the simpsons ralph wiggum pee peeing pee pantsPracticing your own beliefs in your own personal fitness regimen is okay, but don’t encourage others to follow such drastic weight loss measures such as eating once a day or drinking your own urine. (no I’m not kidding, I wish I was!) You are not a certified nutritionist, fitness coach or a doctor. Please refrain from drinking your pee and keep that shit to yourself.

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Now, hear me out, coming from a background of bulimia, anorexia, body dysmorphia and orthorexia I can 100% certain say that fasting and or practicing extreme levels of restrictive eating can very well encourage growth into an eating disorder which in turn is not only damaging your metabolism in many forms (such as the body’s natural function ketosis), the countless negative effects on female hormones, and let’s not forget mentally damaging. (Orthorexia x1000000)

Clearly if you are eating less and working out more you will lose weight, that is the simple equation of energy in vs energy out. In saying this when your body isn’t getting enough energy to sustain normal day to day activity (not including training) this will cause your body long term damage to your metabolism. Now, in most “quick fix” diets you will lose weight quickly due to drastic restrictive eating habits. Once returning to normal eating habits of a healthy human being we will gain most or sometimes more than what we had essentially taken off. Continually fluctuating like this confuses your body beyond belief.

“The appeal is that [fasting] is quick, but it is quick fluid loss, not substantial weight loss,” says Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Weight Loss Management Center. “If it’s easy off, it will come back quickly – as soon as you start eating normally again.”
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Making one point clear. Promoting uncertified and inexperienced persons can cause a domino effect.

I feel absolutely ashamed of one local news reporter for even remotely thinking it is okay to subject the public to a quick fix diet and overall idiocy of one non certified trainer that can’t even spell AVOCADO correctly. You’re essentially causing more harm than good. All in all we are responsible for our own decisions when it comes to what we do to our bodies, but in saying this not everyone in this world has the best intentions for you, your mind, body and spirit.

False promises, and claims are always made to suck you into a whirlwind of bullshit. There will be half truths about losing weight, but ask yourself, is it worth it?

The unfortunate truth is a lot of people are out there to make money off of you. The health and fitness industry is one of the fastest growing businesses out there in today’s day and age. More and more people are looking to have that “tight and toned” body and are willing to go to great lengths to reach that.

I was once told by a mentor of mine in my early stages of fitness that “the worse you feel, the better you look.” at that moment It didn’t even resonate with me how terrible that actually is. I trusted this person to guide me to my ultimate health and wellbeing.

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I too can easily claim I’ve read all the scientific “evidence” and “studies” and sound like a half wit qualified ape wearing a lab coat. But luckily I am aware that I am not a doctor, nor scientist, nor trainer, or nutritionist. I am just a well weathered, passionate, and mostly crude 26 year old woman. I’m not here to tell you what to do; I’m here to warn you of the predators there are in this industry. Money hungry butt hole picking piss drinking bafoons, to put it lightly.

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Life is about balance – fitting fitness into your life and not fitting your life into your fitness lifestyle. Relax and take all things in moderation.

Do your research, use your common sense and best judgement. Think long term lifestyle change, not quick fix and long term damage. You have one body – don’t let someone take advantage of you or your well being or your wallet.

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If YOU are reading this

Shame on you for fat shaming, shame on your for damaging people’s well being, mental, and physical health, shame on you for promoting quick fix bullshit, shame on you for being a fitness industry predator. From myself and the fitness community locally and nationally, keep your piss poor programs to yourself.

Cheers fit babes, here’s to a new year and a new balance!

xo
Karly
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