Most of these images document the physical effects of the personal trainer’s popular eating and fitness guide — weight loss and muscle tone, to be more specific.
This focus on the aesthetic ‘transformation’ that comes with exercise isn’t unique to Itsines’ followers; a quick glance at the #fitspo hashtag on Instagram suggests it’s a major drawcard for many young women.
However, the Adelaide-based fitness guru insists her love of and dedication to exercise isn’t centred on losing weight or looking ‘skinny’, and that for for some reason many people struggle to accept this.
“For some people it can be hard to talk about health, fitness and exercise as their passion because … [they] don’t quite understand it. I always hear others saying, ‘Oh, but you’re already skinny, so you don’t need to exercise,’ or, ‘Don’t you have better things to do?’” Itsines writes in a new blog post.
“I think these types of sentences come with a little bit of ignorance sometimes, simply because that person doesn’t fully understand the reasons behind exercising.”
Watch: Sam Wood demonstrates a simple bodyweight circuit you can do at home. (Post continues after video.)
Itsines argues that the mood and confidence-boosting powers of exercise are reason enough to get started.
“If you are feeling anxious or angry or just need a little pick-me-up, try going for a long walk out in nature or bust out a few body weight exercises in your living room and feel the difference,” she writes.
“While the thought of doing burpees after a tough day at the office may not sound like your idea of a fun time, a workout (even a quick one!) can help you feel so much better.”