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Gym Crush – Sommer Ray
Sommer Ray is one of the biggest internet female fitness celebrities. Her 20 million followers on Instagram make her a huge fitness authority and influencer. If you have been around the fitness scene for some time, chances are you are already aware of Ray and her insta-famous rear.
The 22-year-old American beauty started off her Instagram page by posting some pictures and videos of her lifestyle in September 2016. Since then she has gained millions of followers, thanks to her bubbly personality and an incredible physique.
Sommer Ray – The Queen of Pear-Shaped Glutes
Ray was born into a fit household as both her parent were competitive bodybuilders. Sommer started on her fitness journey at the age of 15 in 2012 by lifting weights in her basement gym under her parents’ guidance. She wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and compete as a bikini athlete.
Within a year of beginning to lift weights, Ray was successful in crafting an incredible physique. Her parents encouraged her to sign up for her debut show in the same year and she won her first NPC Colorado State Championship in 2015 within two years of stepping on stage.
Winning two NPC state championships encouraged her to document and share her fitness journey using her Instagram profile. In 2016, she began posting pictures and videos of her workouts and lifestyle aiming to reach like-minded fitness enthusiasts.
A Born Fitness Star
The fitness community soon fell in love with Ray resulting in her gaining a massive following in a relatively short time. In a year’s time, Sommer had become an internet fitness icon inspiring people to work towards their dream physique.
After her Instagram following saw a substantial rise, Ray started a YouTube channel and started doing vlogs to connect with her followers. Sommer reveals her hobo side through her vlogs and says the bikini and booty photos on Instagram are just to “pay the bills”.
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thankful to be able to wuuuurk it! I love working out, it’s my happy place 😇 quick thanksgiving workout! Bicycle abs and leg raises! Sometimes I get the urge to rap when the workout rage kicks in hahaha also guys! Get this outfit I’m wearing! It’s apart of my @shopsommerray line! & I’m having a Black Friday sale! 💛
Sommer Ray posts her workouts videos on her Instagram profile so her followers can follow along. Unlike many other female fitness celebrities, Ray isn’t known to lift heavy weights. She uses a higher number of repetitions in her lower body workouts to achieve her trademark glutes.
Having Fun Along the Way
Ray isn’t the typical workout chic. She can be a goof in the gym and makes sure she and the people around her are having a good time. Sommer is a great example that your workouts don’t need to be boring.
With a rise in her following, Sommer has started posting lifestyle content on her social media handles. She shares tips and tricks for people who want to follow her style. Ray can keep people glued to their phones scrolling through her feed.
Sommer’s mom, Shannon, encouraged her to work on her body by introducing her to weight training. They worked out together in their basement gym. Sommer competed with her mom in her first bikini show.
Ray has the travel bug. She often posts pictures of herself posing in a beautiful landscape. One thing is for sure, no matter how good the landscape is, you will end up admiring the pretty lady in the center of the frame.
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