5 Plus Size Athletes That Will Continue to Inspire You in 2018
Plus size athletes continue to be front and center, proving that you can be fit at any size.
And we’re sure they’ll dominate in 2018, inspiring the masses to get active and believe that your body can do incredible things, even when it’s larger than what is perceived to be “healthy”.
As we have said many times on this blog, you cannot diagnose someone’s health by simply looking at them and their size. And plus size athletes help in pushing that message and defying the stereotypes placed on us daily.
Here’s 5 plus size athletes that will continue to inspire us in 2018:
#1: Rachel Estapa
This Boston-based plus size yogi created More to Love Yoga in 2013, with the goal of providing a supportive and empowering way to practice yoga, where she offers classes, events, retreats and virtual programs.
Her blog is inspirational, where she pushes the message of self love and being fearless in life. In December 2017, Estapa was the grand winner of Mastercard’s Grow Your Biz Contest. She won $25,000 and one-on-one business expert advice to expand her small yoga business. We can’t wait to see where she takes her business and inspirational message this year. Visit her website More to Love Yogahere and follow her on Instagram here.
#2: Mirna Valerio
Valerio is a writer, teacher and public speaker who loves to run… having tackled marathons, trail competitions and so much more. She is so candid about her experiences as a plus size athlete on her blog and for Women’s Running Magazine where she blogs under the moniker Fat Girl Running. She’s a brand ambassador for some major activewear brands such as Merrell, Rei and Skirtsports. And she currently training for the Boston Marathon! Yes!
In the last year, the ultrarunner has been featured in the #HereIAm campaign for JC Penney alongside fellow plus size athletes yogi Jessamyn Stanley and dancer Amanda Lacount, published her first book titled A Beautiful Work in Progress, featured on Shape Magazine’s website as well as Lane Bryant’s Livi 360 Spotlight feature, and was on the cover of Women’s Running Magazine.
We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes this year and beyond. Follow her on Instagram here.
#3: Louise Green
Green has declared 2018 as The Year of YES and from what we have seen from her in 2017, we know she is going to be doing some major things in 2018.
She recently shared on Facebook that she just signed up for her first Olympic distance Triathlon on March 10th. She also plans to take part in the Half Ironman in Augusta this year as well. Yessss!
You can visit her website here and follow her on Instagram here.
#4: Whitney McNulty
McNulty uses dance as a way to inspire women to love their bodies and feel free. The author, empowerment speaker, life coach, spoken word artist and dancer regularly has workshops and classes in New York City that not only involve movement but also act as safe places for women to engage with each other and empower one another in a sisterhood environment.
Known as the Freedom Catalyst, McNulty wants to change the world by empowering others to pursue their dreams, activate their power and learn to live boldly in their purpose. She recently launched her own apparel line called Awakenings, which is a line focused on using poetry and fashion as a way to empower others.
Her blog #WhitsWisdom offers candid and transparent passages where Whitney also shares tips and advice on living your best life through manifestation, self care and wellness. Her next event is taking place this Saturday in New York City where she is partnering with MoFit, Founder of the Motivational Health Club, to offer a day of wellness for the mind, body and soul. You can find more information about the event here.
This male blogger and influencer uses his platform to show that big guys can be active and fit too. His tagline “Where Fashion Meets Fitness in a BIG Way” is so powerful and when you check out his Instagram, you will see why.
He talks to fashion as it relates to fitness in such an amazing way, being very candid about fit and functionality. He shares his workouts on social media including video. Whether he’s at Blink Fitness on the machines or doing push-ups at the local park, he is very forthcoming about his size and how he doesn’t let his size stop him from being active.