They say that you are most likely to be shaped and influenced by the people you spend the most time with. I've always been acutely aware of this and have gone as far as making career decisions based solely on this concept. But it occurred to me, social networks make just as much impact in what we do and think about everyday, just as much as the people we interact with in real life.

 

I'd like to think that I follow, and stick with, people and brands on Twitter who keep me positive, healthy, informed and passionate. I took a look at my Twitter stream a few months ago and found a whole lot of noise, negativity, and excuses. So I cleaned house and distilled the best of the best fitness accounts, compared notes with other coaches and athletes, and created the best damn fitness Twitter list you could possible ask for, broken up into eight categories.

 

You can subscribe to each account individually by clicking on their Twitter handle, or subscribe to the entire list here. Do you know of Twitter account that should have made the cut? Comment below!

 

CrossFit

 

crossfit journal, crossfit, crossfit games, wods, crossfit wods1. The CrossFit Games - @CrossFitGames

The ultimate proving grounds of the fittest athletes on earth. Home Depot Center

File this one under, "duh"

 

crossfit journal, crossfit, crossfit wods, wods2. CrossFit Journal - @crossfitjournal

The CrossFit Journal is the largest high-quality fitness and lifestyle resource on the net. It's based strictly upon performance and results.

The color commentary to your athletic life.

 

crossfit journal, crossfit, crossfit games, wods, crossfit wods3. CrossFit WOD Feed - @cfwod

A simple daily feed of the CFWOD. Will also be working on some new projects - so stay tuned!

For all of you CrossFitters who are home schooled.

 

andy petranek, crossfit los angeles, crossfit la, cfla4. Andy Petranek - @andypetranek

Owner of CrossFit Los Angeles

My first CrossFit coach and one of the first to "get" social media and the power of GIVING you valuable information. Is your coach on Twitter? Sound off in the comments below!

 

CrossFit Games 2012 Winners

 

annie thorisdottir, iceland annie, crossfit games, crossfit, crossfit annie5. Annie Thorisdottir - @IcelandAnnie

2012 CrossFit Games Individual Woman's winner.

 

 

julie foucher, crossfit, crossfit games6. Julie Foucher - @Julie_Foucher

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease” ~ Edison

2012 CrossFit Games Individual Woman's runner up.

 

rich froning, crossfit, crossfit games7. Rich Froning - @richfroning

2012 CrossFit Games Individual Men's winner.

 

 

matt chan, crossfit8. Matt Chan - @Matt1Chan

2012 CrossFit Games Individual Men's runner up.

 

 

 

Yoga

 

tara stiles, yoga9. Tara Stiles - @TaraStiles

wherever you go there you are.

A no BS approach to yoga and a Twitter conversationalist.

 

daily cup of yoga, yoga10. Daily Cup of Yoga - @DailyCupofYoga

tips, tools, and wisdom on yoga, books, and technology

A huge online influencer of all thing yoga, with a very personable approach to Twitter.

 

rebecca pacheco, yoga11. Rebecca Pacheco - @omgal

Creator, OmGal.com, Best Yoga & Fitness Blog, 2010 Intent.com web awards. Yoga teacher, writer, Boston Marathon finisher, sports lover & creative gal.

A yoga teacher, and seasoned blogger showing you how yoga is more than just poses.

 

Running

 

usa track and field, usa track & field, usatf12. USATF - @USATrack_Field

Official twitter account of USA Track & Field. This is Katie Branham behind the tweets, working in our mkt/com dept. & tweeting about the sport I love!

USATF has been a source of awesome info throughout the Olympics, but don't forget that they tweet year round!

 

scott irunner, irunner, scott runner13. Scott iRunnerBlog - @iRunnerBlog

Runner. Blogger. Co-Moderator of #runchat. Social Media and Sales professional. Mets fan. Giants fan. I get stuff done.

Scott lives and breathes running. You won't be disappointed with his steady stream of knowledge.

 

heather gannoe14. Heather Gannoe - @runfastermommy

Runner. Triathlete. Mom on zone defense. ACSM Health Fitness Specialist. Adventurer. Dreamer. #FitFluential. Convinced exercise will save the world!

It's difficult to pigeon hole Heather under the running category. She's an all around athlete. But you can't blame me with a twitter handle like that!

 

ryan hall15. Ryan Hall - @ryanhall3

If we have thankful hearts we are untouchable.

THE legendary long distance runner and record smasher. His charming and info packed tweets constantly stand out.

 

Triathlon

 

usa triathlon, triathlon16. USA Triathlon - @usatriathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement.

Great info from the American governing body.

 

every man tri, every man triathlon17. EverymanTri - @EverymanTri

news, views, and interviews of great endurance

The pulse of the Tri world in one Twitter stream.

 

triathlon week18. Triathlon Week - @triathlonweek

Free Triathlon training community featuring triathlon forums, articles, race calendars and more. Join thousands of Triathletes, updated daily.

They don't tweet as often as they should, but when they do, it's always a great reminder to check into their community.

 

terra castro19. Terra Castro - @terracastro

Professional Triathlete, Elite Sports Massage Therapist, Wife of a Super Triathlon Coach, Fueled by my faith and family.

An intimate look into the mind, process, and training of a humble pro.

 

lance armstrong20. Lance Armstrong - @lancearmstrong

Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete - LIVESTRONG!

Great info from the legendary cyclist and triathlete. Even despite his recent USADA drama.

 

Swimming

 

usa swimming21. USA Swimming - @USA_Swimming

The Official Twitter Page of USA Swimming

Another American governing body who knows a thing or two about social networking.

 

cullen jones22. Cullen Jones - @Cullen_Jones

Olympic Gold Medalist (4x100 Freestyle Relay) American Record holder, World Champion, Philanthropist, Motivational speaker, Aspiring fashion designer

Cullen works hard, and plays hard. Expect a whole lot of personality out of this stream.

 

jessica hardy23. Jessica Hardy - @swimhardy

Team USA Olympic Medalist & World Record Swimmer, Motivational Speaker, Clinician, Model, Philanthropist. Always looking at life as glass half full!

Smart, funny, AND an olympian? She had me at "Gold Medal"

 

u.s. masters swimming, masters swimming24. Masters Swimming - @MastersSwimming

U.S. Masters Swimming offers health, fitness, social and competitive opportunites through aquatics for anyone 18 and up.

I saved the best swimming twitter account for last. This stream has been my go to source of info, as I slowly but surely, learn to swim more effectively.

 

General Fitness

 

lindsey smith25. Lindsey Smith - @LinzBSmith

I trust God, love @web, and adore @alexisleesmith. Proud to be a member of Team Rogue, ambassador for Reebok, and Stronger Faster Healthier sponsored athlete.

Beautiful, strong and a sponsored athlete. Lindsey is living the dream.

 

robert macdonald26. Robert MacDonald - @BobbyMaximus

Is currently the GM and 'Diversity Director' of Gym Jones in Salt Lake City, Utah. Leader, Coach, Father, Fighter, Friend and AirDyne Aficionado.

Robert is going to out train you, pretty much every day. All you can do is attempt to keep up.

 

c2, concept 2, concept2, ergometer, erg, rower, rowing machine27. Concept2 - @concept2

Leading manufacturer of indoor rowers, racing oars, and the Concept2 SkiErg.

A brand that doesn't abuse it's followers with "BUY NOW!" messaging. They're in it for the love of the sport.

 

tim ferris, four hour work week, four hour body, 4 hour body, 4 hour chef28. Tim Ferriss - @tferriss

Author of #1 NY Times bestsellers, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek, Japanophile, tea drinker, tango world record holder, language learning fanatic.

Mr. 4-hour body himself. Let Tim do crazy experiments with his own body so you don't have to, then reap the benefits.

 

Fitness Apps

 

daily burn, dailyburn29. DailyBurn - @dailyburn

Personalized Fitness, Evolved. DailyBurn offers the BEST way to get fit. Access home-based video workouts from your phone, iPad, computer, and more!

One of the first and finest in the web 2.0 fitness world. Tim Ferriss, listed above, sits on the advisory board.

 

run keeper, runkeeper30. RunKeeper - @RunKeeper

Track, measure, and improve your fitness.

After 3 years of testing running gps apps, RunKeeper is still a keeper.

 

skimble31. Skimble - @skimble

Skimble powers the mobile fitness movement with fun & dynamic coaching apps like Workout Trainer, a top free Health & Fitness app! Cofounders @marialy @vanrenen

The new kids on the block here in SF. I'm a fan of their free workout of the week tweets.

 

Bonus!

I can't leave out some of the most knowledgeable writers I have ever met - our very own Breaking Muscle crew!

 

breaking muscle twitter, breakingmuscle.com twitterThe Entire Breaking Muscle Staff - @BreakingMuscle

Breaking Muscle is a team of experienced professionals dedicated to providing fitness news and daily exercise programming. New articles & workouts every day! Subscribe to the Breaking Muscle Authors list here

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