30 Incredible Female Athletes to Follow on Instagram

Laura Crane | © Belle PR
Laura Crane | © Belle PR
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Sports Editor26 July 2017

Some of the most inspirational women around are a click away. Gymnasts, yogis, personal trainers, basketball players, skydivers and hikers are all included in this brilliant list of exceptional athletes.


Amanda Bisk is a former pole vaulter who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue while training for the London Olympics. The diagnosis led to a change in career, and lifestyle, as she grasped a far greater understanding of her health, nutrition and mindset. Although she specialises in yoga, her account is fantastic for any fitness lovers.

Sunday swim & sauna 💦☀️ #bondi #icebergs ab❤️x

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After a glittering career, Olympic and World champion skier Lindsey Vonn finally hung up her skis professionally. Her Instagram is now a go-to for intense workouts and gym sessions.

Mondays….just remember, nothing is handed to you in life, you have to go out and get it! #keepgrinding

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Incorporating fitness, food, wellness and personal training, Diana Johnson and Felicia Oreb are two Australian sisters whose works focus on training women. With very little gimmicks, this is all about strength and circuit style resistance training.


Offering coaching in strength training and nutrition, Meg’s account encourages empowerment. The record-breaking powerlifter has been making videos since 2014 and is a key part of the lifting community.

Brb have to post every time I conventional deadlift 🤷🏼‍♀️ shorts are @fleoshorts bra is @reebok

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Shirley Darlington-Rowat is just like all the other weightlifting, parkour-teaching mothers out there… Her account showcases fascinating and intriguing ways of keeping fit and active in urban environments.


A personal trainer and health coach, Massy‘s instagram incorporates a huge amount of variety, with yoga, sprints, interval and resistance training and calisthenics all included.


Serial sprinting champion Allyson Felix has shaken off the “Chicken Legs” moniker she had in school and continues to display the incredible power that took her to the top of the world.

beauty in strength 📸: @jeffcohenphoto

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When the Washington Mystics and USA shooting guard isn’t on the court she’s outdoors, kayaking, in the gym or coaching at her academy. There is also a lot of her enormous Great Dane, Wrigley.


Misty Copeland is the principle dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, the first African-American female to hold that position. Incredible strength, grace, control, power and beauty all rolled into one.


Sania Mirza is an Indian tennis player with six Grand Slam doubles titles to her name. She is the first South Asian woman to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Republic Day all the way from Australia 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

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The self described “Alpha Warrior American Ninja Warrior” is more commonly known as “Mighty Kacy”. This gymnast shot to wider consciousness on American Ninja Warrior, completing the course. She’s a supreme athlete.


Double Olympic champion, LGBT icon and proud Yorkshire lass. Nicola Adams has now turned pro after a hugely successful amateur career and is currently in a race with her partner (and fellow boxer) Marlen Esparza to a world title.


Rachel Brathen is an entrepreneur, writer and yogi. She produces a brilliant weekly podcast as well as recipes, her thoughts on breastfeeding and pregnancy, and yoga tutorials.

F LO W ! #yogaeverydamnday #morelikeyogaeverytimebabyallows #move #flow #practice #life

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A great account for fitness, nutrition and lifestyle coaching with a holistic approach. Since becoming a mother Jennifer Nash Forrester now also offers online training, composing workout routines and nutrition plans.


Krystal Cantu is the extraordinary Texan CrossFit athlete who found guidance and confidence through the sport after losing her forearm in a car accident.


After 255 games and 164 goals for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, Abby hung up her boots in 2015. Among her roles today, she is an ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organisation dealing with tackling homophobia and transphobia in sports.


Cassey Ho is the designer of POPFLEX Active and creator of POP Pilates & PIIT28. Ho was widely praised for her viral video response to the body shaming that she has experienced.


Lizzie is the Californian professional skateboarder with a particular love for verticals and bowls. Her account features incredible pictures and videos of her outstanding skill set.

Rough Cut is up on @ThrasherMag. 🔥 ♥️ ✨

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Lauren took up CrossFit as a 14-year-old to help with her basketball. Understandably, as a CrossFit athlete, her skills and strengths are varied, but Lauren is truly at her best when weightlifting.


Based in Sydney, Australia, Tanya is the fitness instructor who aims to educate and inform regarding nutrition, workout ideas and fitness tips, and fitting them all into her followers’ busy lifestyles.


Lovers of the beach and outdoors should head to Laura’s account for incredible images of her surfing career. She was a UK champion at the age of 14 and has spent her time since traveling the world on her board.

zahhhhhhhhh 🦈🦀🌊🏄🏼‍♀️ P.c @jackjohns

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An account for adrenaline seekers. Steph Davis has written extensively about her BASE jumping, climbing and wingsuit flying. Check out spectacular locations and incredible stunts.

summertime 🌞 📷 @mikecall @evolvusa @ospreypacks @mammutna @cw_hemp @backcountry @garminoutdoor

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Brazilian teenager Pamela Rosa has been picking up competition titles and sponsors for a number of years now, ever since she borrowed her sister’s friend’s skateboard as a child.

Having fun! 🏞⛰🌤 #SkateLife

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Pro surfer Alana has won plenty of championships on the tour, particularly in her native Hawaii. She also designs and models swimwear and surf specific wetsuits for Rip Curl. Her account is pure wanderlust.


A brilliant account for body positive yoga, Jessamyn’s philosophy is “How do I feel?”, not “How do I look?” She is also the author of Every Body Yoga.


Roberta is a wingsuit pilot, a stunt woman, BASE jumper, skydiver and model. The Italian has competed in more than 7,000 skydives and has a particular preference for group jumps.

@lisanfly @gopro @tonfly_official Photo by @sebastian.air

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The six-time Olympic medallist was a member of the “Fierce Five” and “Final Five” during the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Hugely talented, as well as being vocal about ignorance she has experienced, she is the ultimate advocate of “Strong is Beautiful”.


The brains behind the Badass Body Lifestyle, Christmas is a CrossFit athlete and Olympic weightlifter who offers fitness regimes, workout programmes to her loyal followers.

Strategy: Be a Mentor👆

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This is the account for a body positive guide about self confidence. Jess puts an emphasis on physical health and mental strength — it’s an honest account full of inspiration.


Robin Arzon is the lawyer turned athlete and author of the fantastic Shut Up & Run. She is the co-founder of Undo Magazine, a regular ultramarathon runner and fitness coach.

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