Gone are the days when people used their social media influence just to secure partnerships with big brands. More and more people are using the power of these platforms to raise awareness about delicate issues. Fitness trainer Sia Cooper is one of them.
Cooper, the mom of two behind Diary of a Fit Mommy, takes every opportunity to help women break free from unrealistic standards of beauty. Take for instance this Five Seconds Transformation video that she recently shared with her 657,000 Instagram followers.
“I keep seeing these IG models with their bikini bottoms up to their rib cages and posed as if they’re at a fitness competition,” Cooper’s caption reads. “Come on now; you did not wake up like this. It only takes a few seconds to suck in, hike up your bottoms, and position your legs a certain way to improve your physique. But why, tho?”
Other ways she likes to ‘keep it real?’ Posting photos of impromptu mini workouts in unexpected places. Squats in a Target alley. Chair lunges in the airport. Suspended pike planks in a hotel room. Bicep curls with wine bottles in a liquor store.
Even her ‘before and after’ photos are accompanied by a ‘tell it like it is’ story:
“I have two kids and though I still struggle with anxiety and depression, I’m much happier than I used to be. I workout 5 days a week for 30-45 minutes. I eat whatever I want, but mainly clean meals.”
When Cooper steps away from her role as a fit mommy or a social media sensation, she turns to books.
“One thing that I do to stay sane is reading,” she says. “I love taking a good book and some tea to my back porch and relaxing a bit.”
Cooper’s favorite books are all about badassery:
“#GIRLBOSS” by Sophia Amoruso
“Grace Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy” by Emily Ley
“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
Snacks From Influencers is a series asking social media influencers for advice on self-improvement. Responses are edited for space and clarity.