Using Instagram For Helpful Fitness Tips

One of the things I did not cover in The State of Blogging in 2018 was Instagram. In the past decade, I’ve seen each social network jockey for more or less relevance in my life. Right now, Instagram is by far my favorite. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, which have become platforms for sharing what makes you upset, Instagram is a platform for sharing what brings you joy.

In addition to following friends, coffee shops, and cute animals, I use Instagram as an educational channel. I follow about 10 Spanish accounts and I also follow a few fitness-related people that I find give tremendous value using just a few photos or seconds of a video.

There are many great fitness accounts on Instagram. Here are a few of my favorites right now.

achievefitnessboston

https://www.instagram.com/achievefitnessboston/

I love this account. It has so many excellent posts on exercise form and mobility.

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AVOID THESE HINGE MISTAKES!! – What’s up Achievers?! @jasonlpak here with a couple tips on how to avoid some common hinge mistakes! – MISTAKE 1️⃣: Knees forward and hips down. This mistake can also be referred to as a “squatty” hinge. Instead, we want to see the knees staying back behind the toes and the hips sitting back. This will get your hamstrings and glutes more involved, and put you in a more optimal position for hinging exercises like the deadlift and kettlebell swing! – MISTAKE 2️⃣: Knees caving in. When you let your knees collapse in toward each other, you put them in a vulnerable position for injury. Not only is valgus collapse bad for your overall knee health, but it also means you’re not recruiting muscles in your glutes and hips that can help you to prevent injury down the road! Instead, we recommend pushing your knees out so they’re either in line with your toes, or slightly outside! – We hope these tips help! Let us know if you have any questions! And until next time, peace, love, and muscles! ✌️💙💪 . . . #hinge #deadlift #hiphinge #fitnesstips #fittips

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joetherapy

https://www.instagram.com/joetherapy/

This is a great stretching and mobility resource.

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Do This Stretch Before Working Out! – 🌦This is one of my favorite dynamic stretches to do before working out! – 🌪Here's how to perform the Knee Hug to Inverted Ham! – 1️⃣Hinge at the hip. 👉This is a small but significant step in this stretch and helps pattern the hip hinge. 2️⃣Lift the knee up and grab. 3️⃣Pull the knee while standing tall on one leg. 👉Make sure to extend the knee squeezing the quads and butt! 4️⃣Let go of the leg and swing it behind you. 5️⃣Hinge forward into a single-legged deadlift. 6️⃣Bring arms out to the side like an airplane! 🔁5 reps each side will do! – 💧Like and Comment if you liked this stretch! – 💦Louis the Child – Love is Alive (Chet Porter Remix) – #joetherapy #warmup #stretching #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #bodybuilding #ifbb #npc #wbff #crossfit #crossfitter #wod #dynamicwarmup #rdl #deadlift #hamstring #sumodeadlift #squat #legday #hips #hipflexor #balance #pilates #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #strengthandconditioning #movementculture #athletics #strengthcoach

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gymfuckery

https://www.instagram.com/gymfuckery/

My longtime readers might recall my old series of posts called Tales From the Glitter Gym, where I recounted stories of the craziness that I witnessed at the gym. Gymfuckery is much better. It is a collection of short videos of the most unsafe and rudest behavior in the gym. It is a treasure trove of what not to do.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlQupl4D89-/

Do you use Instagram for education? Fitness education? If so, which accounts?

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  1. https://www.instagram.com/soheefit/

    I really like this one (Sohee Lee) for form tips and general fitness education. Helped me with squat form and deadlift form a lot.

    Education – there are some random Korean accounts I follow. To be honest, the writing quality from Koreans is a lot better on Facebook or other websites though (Brunch, Steemit).

  2. @Sean – Thanks. I just added that account on my IG.

  3. David Goggins.
    Just your basic fitness motivation stuff, no technique.
    But short and fun.
    https://www.instagram.com/davidgoggins/?hl=en

  4. @Sean B
    Her advice about elevating the heel for squats is great. I don’t know why so many people don’t do this. Even Clarence Bass suggests this technique.

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