Fitness success depends on following the right guidelines. With all the self-proclaimed fitness gurus on Twitter, it’s hard to wade through the B.S. Though the credible and reliable trainers are out there, you just have to know where to find them. I did the leg work by putting together a list of top fitness gurus in the fitness industry. These experts consistently tweet information from their twitter profile that delivers results and will help you in each step of your fitness journey.
The list describes who the guru is, link to their website & twitter site, and their current follower totals (as of the date I wrote this). If you have your own twitter account that focuses on fitness, these are the people you want to follow, retweet, reply and message, to try to build a relationship with. In return, your follower count will grow tremendously. If you are looking for fitness information, these are the gurus you must follow because they will provide encouragement and deliver the most credible fitness tweets.
My criteria for influence isn’t solely based on followers. It also includes off-twitter reach, media attention, popularity of books, and success of their programs.
25 Top Fitness Gurus on Twitter
1. Jillian Michaels
About: Trainer from NBC’s Biggest Loser and founder of Losing It With Jillian.
Current Followers: 326,153
2. Bob Harper
About: Trainer from NBC’s Biggest Loser and founder of workout DVD series titled “Bob Harper: Inside Out Method.”
Current Followers: 192,311
3. Jeanette Jenkins
About: Founder of The Hollywood Trainer and Bikini Bootcamp. Has worked with Queen Latifah, Kimora Lee Simmons, Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Paula PattonThicke, Tia Mowry, Chrisette Michele, Christina Applegate, Lauren Velez, Taryn Manning, Ian Ziering, Kendra Wilkinson, Carmen Electra, Holly Madison, Jordana Brewster, Mara Brock Akil, NFL’s Bryant McKinnie, Ty Law and Brian Cox.
Current Followers: 55,486
4. Tony Horton
About: Developer of widely successful P90X home fitness program.
Current Followers: 48,116
5. Gunner Peterson
About: Beverly Hills-based personal trainer that works with athletes from the NBA, NHL, NFL, USTA, professional boxing and various NCAA sports.
Current Followers: 26,738
6. Tracy Anderson
About: Celebrity Trainer (Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Ripa) that developed a unique approach to fitness called the Tracy Anderson Method. Focus is on strengthening accessory muscles.
Current Followers: 24,552
7. Harley Pasternak
About: Trainer to Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Hilary Duff, Bono, Orlando Bloom, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, Jonah Hill and many, many more… Has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Access Hollywood, Extra!, VH1, CNN, E!, Rachael Ray and more…
Current Followers: 14,557
8. Todd Durkin
About: Internationally recognized performance-enhancement coach. Founder of Fitness Quest 10 and is a 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE). He trains NFL and MLB athletes including Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kellen Winslow, Shawne Merriman and Aaron Rodgers.
Current Followers: 9,164
9. Bill Phillips
About: Author of “Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength,” Founder of Muscle Media magazine and former CEO of EAS, a performance nutritional supplement company.
Current Followers: 2,260
10. David Kirsch
About: Renowned trainer and wellness guru that has worked with Heidi Klum, Faith Hill, Sophie Dahl, Bridget Hall, Ellen Barkin, James King, Liv Tyler, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway and more. He has appeared on TODAY, CNN Headline News, Access Hollywood, Extra, E! and Style, to name a few.
Current Followers: 6,627
11. Bob Greene
About: Oprah Winfrey’s trainer and author of “The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy.”
Current Followers: 3,906
12. Shawn Phillips
About: Best-selling author of Strength For Life, Entrepreneur, and Founder of Full Strength Premium Nutrition Shake.
Current Followers: 4,652
13. Jarett Delbene
About: Fitness expert that works with many celebrities. Created a “Red Carpet Ready’ trademark fitness program. Also teaches fitness to under privileged families.
Current Followers: 9,705
14. Valerie Waters
About: Celebrity Trainer featured on Good Morning America, E News, VH1, CNN, Glamour, Vanity Fair, In Style, People US Weekly, and Life & Style.
Current Followers: 6,353
15. John Spencer Ellis
About: World renowned fitness and exercise specialist. Has worked with Met-Rx, Core 360, Nautilus, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Boeing, YMCA, 24 Hour Fitness, Disney Cruiseline, and many many more.
Current Followers: 1,214
16. Pete Thomas
About: At-home Winner of Season 2 NBC’s The Biggest Loser won $100,000 and lost 185 lbs. Author and motivational speaker.
Current Followers: 5,412
17. Joe Dowdell
About: Celebrity trainer and founder of Peak Performance, a 10,000 square-foot loft that was voted the #3 gym in America by Men’s Health Magazine.
Current Followers: 2,028
18. Mark Jenkins
About: Trained Missy Elliot, D’ Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Sean Combs, and L.L. Cool J. Founder of InFitness.
Current Followers: 1,529
19. David Buer
About: Celebrity trainer for clients such as LL Cool J, Tyler Perry, Joey Lawerence, Rick “The Jet” Roufus, Joan Guzman, Allan Green, Amanda Davis, Derrick Ford, Crissy Collins, Ashley White and many more…
Current Followers: 639
20. Kelli Calabrese
About: Award winning fitness and exercise specialist. Has provided or consulted with Kellogg’s, Smucker’s, Quaker, Trident, Crest, Centrum, Calvin Klein and has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and many other radio and print media outlets.
Current Followers: 544
21. Jay Cardiello
About: Top celebrity trainer for TV personalities, top-ranked athletes, Wall Street financiers, and Fortune 500 CEOs.
Current Followers: 975
22. Teddy Bass
About: Hollywood celebrity fitness trainer featured in In Style, People, US Weekly, Self, Glamour, and Men’s Journal.
Current Followers: 951
23. Jay Blahnik
About: Chosen as one of the Top 5 instructors in the world by Shape magazine and Men’s Health listed him as having one of the top 10 workouts of all time. Has worked with celebrities, magazines and some of the top organizations in the world including; Nike, Nautilus, Bowflex, Schwinn, Stairmaster, Apple, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, Starbucks, Charles Schwab and Quaker.
Current Followers: 757
24. Steve Zim
About: Los Angeles’ most influential fitness trainer. Worked with Jessica Biel, Rolan Emmerich (director of 10,000 B.C. and Independence Day), Laila Ali, Stryker, DJ, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Started “A Tighter U”, Los Angeles’ hottest gym, according to LA Magazine.
Current Followers: 423
25. Todd Kuslikis
About: Todd is the founder of Extreme-Exercises.com and WorkIN Gym, Inc. He has worked as a brand manager for two of NBC’s Biggest Losers and business development for HealthyWage.com. Over 12 years in the fitness industry, martial arts instructor, and personal trainer has helped Todd formulate a unique approach to fitness success.
Current Followers: 281