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12 Fitness Influencers Who Aren't A Size 2 And Don't Want To Be

"These women are encouraging others to confidently enter the fitness world and continue to get stronger, and that is a message that we stand behind."

You can't gauge someone's level of fit by their body size or shape, although media has often associated thinness or ripped abs to health. Here are some of our fave fitness instructors who aren't a size 2 ... and aren't trying to be!

Jessica Rihal, a plus-size yoga and fitness instructor, told As/Is, "Fitness is not an indicator of body size, physical fitness, and weight loss. These are separate destinations which may at times intersect, but are still not synonymous. It's a common and dangerous misconception that weight loss and fitness are the same things, and if we only see one type of body reflected in the fitness/wellness world, we continue to reinforce fatphobia and an archaic/superficial way of thinking." Ashley Stetts, founder of the model management company Stetts, added, "When it comes to fitness, models should be relatable - not holding people to a standard that for many may be unattainable. Instead of encouraging women to embrace being overweight, these women are encouraging others to confidently enter the fitness world and continue to get stronger, and that is a message that we stand behind."
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Jessica Rihal, a plus-size yoga and fitness instructor, told As/Is, "Fitness is not an indicator of body size, physical fitness, and weight loss. These are separate destinations which may at times intersect, but are still not synonymous. It's a common and dangerous misconception that weight loss and fitness are the same things, and if we only see one type of body reflected in the fitness/wellness world, we continue to reinforce fatphobia and an archaic/superficial way of thinking." Ashley Stetts, founder of the model management company Stetts, added, "When it comes to fitness, models should be relatable - not holding people to a standard that for many may be unattainable. Instead of encouraging women to embrace being overweight, these women are encouraging others to confidently enter the fitness world and continue to get stronger, and that is a message that we stand behind."

1. Jessie Diaz-Herrera

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You've definitely seen Jessica Diaz before. The dancing queen not only teaches body-positive dance classes in NYC, but she also lifts weights, does CrossFit, AND is a size-inclusivity advocate in the fitness industry. Stetts, who represents Diaz, added: "At 5’3” and a size 2X, our model Jessie did not fit into any standard fitness model ideal, but she is strong, fit and confident — and brands invest in the message she delivers to their consumers. These women are proving that you do not have to be a size 4 to be strong, fit, and healthy."

2. Dana Falsetti

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Dana has gone on to develop her own practice in yoga, despite the fact "many yoga studios weren't particularly welcoming to her," according to her site. Through yoga, she works to "normalize the diversity of the human condtion and give others, especially vulnerable groups, the opportunity for self-worth, self-care, and ultimately, self-acceptance." Yesss.

3. Roz The Diva

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Roz will get you INSPIRED to get on that pole, y'all! She's not only a certified personal trainer and pole dancer, but she's also changing what fitness looks like for all body types and sizes. You go, girl!

4. Jessica Rihal

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Rihal is a yoga instructor based out in southern California, using her platform and skills to educate people on loving their bodies and advocating for body positivity. She is on a mission to teach people that one's size and health are not always directly tied, and that we should open up our minds to fitness. AMEN!

5. Maria Odugba

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Maria Odugba is shattering stereotypes as a yoga practicing Exercise Physiologist. She uses her channel to discuss the struggles of being a plus-size woman in the fitness industry, but also to educate people on PCOS and Hypothyroidism. 👏🏽👏🏽

6. CeCe Olisa

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CeCe Olisa is a body-positive fitness advocate and one of the co-founders of theCURVYcon. Recently theCURVYcon partnered with Dia & Co., who launched these amazing t-shirts that are funding size-inclusive design education programs at CFDA partner universities. WE SEE YOU!

7. Mirna Valerio

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Mirna is the founder of the blog, Fat Girl Running, where she dishes on her love of running, yoga, hiking, and rock climbing. Follow along to stay up on her journey and get inspired to try one of your own. Go girl!

8. Sarah Sapora

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A self-proclaimed "self-love mentor and wellness advocate," Sarah works to expand the conversations around the wellness space for "women of size - folks who have been told that they only way to experience personal growth is by dieting." #Beautiful

9. Luisa

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Luisa is a curvaceous yoga student and teacher who will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone with words of encouragement and yoga poses you can easily and safely do at home (no matter your expertise level). Work it queen!

10. Jessamyn Stanley

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Jessamyn Stanley is not only a yoga teacher and body positivity advocate, but her vinyasa flow videos will get you up and moving while embracing your body and all your curves. This smile is everything!

11. Chasi Jernigan

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Founder of Sweat in Mascara, Chasi is a certified fitness instructor, body positive motivator, and creative using the written word to encourage women's empowerment. Strike that pose!

12. Dianne Bondy

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According to her site, "Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world - regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability." HERE FOR IT.

Are there any plus-size fitness influencers or yogis you love to follow? Leave them down below!

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