If New York is the concrete jungle where dreams are made, Toronto is the city where dreams of fitness, health, and wellness are accomplished. From yoga instructors, to personal trainers and fitness models, we’re featuring inspiring Torontonians on Instagram who live and breathe by active living. Learn more about the faces behind the top 5 health and fitness Instagram accounts in Toronto: @therealgillianb, @trainitright, @mikehealth,@joafitness, and @hetsp.
GILLIAN B (@THEREALGILLIANB)
Gillian is a traveling nutritionist, yogini, and published holistic living writer. Having always been a curious kid, her passion for all things having to do with health led to a career in nutrition. Her life-changing practice of yoga led her to become a yoga instructor so that she could share her love for yoga with others. Gillian strives to inspire as many people as possible by sharing her experience healing the wounds of the past and her journey of learning to love herself. She thrives off of empowering others to overcome personal obstacles to bring about positive change and find inner joy and peace.
Fun Fact about Gillian
Gillian is a self-professed ‘travelling gypsy’. She lives out of a suitcase!
Instagram Followers: 7376
ALICIA BELL (@TRAINITRIGHT)
Alicia Bell is a Toronto based Kinesiologist, Strength Coach and Track and Field Coach who has devoted her life to helping people reach their goals in fitness and sport. She is a nationally recognized track and field coach who coached team Canada at the Maccabi games in Israel in July of 2013. Alicia is a published Fitness model for Zenzation with her pictures gracing their equipment and she leads their product DVD instruction. She also frequently has been published in fitness and running magazine. Alicia has worked with clients such as Dwight Howard (NBA), Rashad McCants (Former NBA), Geoff Harris (Olympic 800m runner), Lil Jon (Rapper/Dj), Karla Moy aka HustleGrl, Hill Harper (actor, author) and even the mother of the Toronto rapper Drake.
Fun Fact: Alicia is not only a personal trainer, but she also runs her own track and field sprinting club
Instagram Followers: 24,395
MIKE DI CARLO (@MIKEHEALTH)
@MikeHealth is completing a full body transformation using his own training techniques to prove that it can be done
Mike Di Carlo is an internationally recognized personal trainer, model, actor, and entrepreneur. The Toronto Native started his modelling career by being scouted by Ford models during the Canadian National Beach Volleyball Championship in 2008. His career quickly gained traction by bringing his athletic knowledge and training to the runway. He is now a high-profile celebrity trainer, training some of North America’s top models, and training along side some of Canada’s top volleyball players (Mike’s true passion). Mike has been featured in some of the world’s largest publications such as: GQ Italia, Men’s Health, Elle, Style Magazine International, Sharp, & many more.
Fun Fact: Mike is capable of performing 21 Muscle-Ups in a row, which is just a few shy of the world record. Mike is hoping to achieve this feat by the end of 2015.
Instagram Followers: 117,000
JOA RIVAS (@JOAFITNESS)
Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Joa is a fitness model, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and bikini competitor who loves challenge and adventures. To say that Joa is passionate about fitness is an understatement: fitness is her life. At the age of 15 joe was diagnosed with scoliosis and dealt with severe backaches that affected her daily life for almost 10 years. After practising yoga and pilates, and exercising with consistency and patience over the last few years, she transformed her posture and her life, inside and out.
She became a yoga and pilates instructor 5 years ago and developed a Posture Program that helps clients with similar spinal issues. Joa incorporates the techniques she learned as a Thai Massage Therapist into her work sessions. Her teachings focus around how posture is the way to project one’s inner power to the world, in all aspects.
Fun Fact about Joa: When she has time to unwind, Joa loves rollerblading in summer, salsa dancing, and listening to wellness and lifestyle podcasts.
Instagram Followers: 3,704
Follow Joa on Instagram @joafitness and keep her motivated along her journey by checking out her personal website.
HETAL PATEL (@HETSP)
Hetal has lived an active lifestyle for as long as she can remember: from countless dance performances to eventually teaching workshops for children and adults. Her passion for dance and self-expression led to something even more valuable as she began her journey of health promotion. Hetal now has extensive experience as a weight-loss practitioner, as a nutritional consultant, and as a personal trainer. Not only does she treat the general public, she also helps cancer patients and those with chronic conditions. Now that Hetal is a certified yoga teacher, it is not only her passion, but her mission to bring awareness to the benefits of yoga and fitness. She aspires to make yoga accessible to the community through social media to promote health, empowerment, and education.
Fun fact about Hetal:
Back in her dancer days, she made her first debut in a 2008 film where she danced alongside Jessica Alba & Mike Myers in a romantic comedy called The Love Guru.
Instagram Followers: 4408