Nowadays, if someone is talking about #bodygoals, there's a good chance they're talking about Instagram superstar Sommer Ray. The gorgeous fitness model boasts over 18 million Instagram followers, and all of them are dying to try her brand-new Evolve fitness app, which finally launched on May 3. So many people tried to download it that they actually crashed the app! Luckily, Sommer told Life & Style all about it, plus her unorthodox childhood, and more in an exclusive interview!
"This app is a long time coming," Sommer explained. "I want to use my platform to help inspire as many people as possible. It was supposed to come out at New Years and now it's May, I just really need it to be perfect." It sounds like it is perfect, and something different than anything on the market right now. "On most apps you have to write what you ate, on mine you can talk into the phone and it'll calculate the calories, the protien, everything. It does the math for you. It's very innovative and I'm very excited to share it with the world. It’s workout, it’s diet, its tips, it teaches people correct form, it’s universal."
If you're still waiting to get the app, Sommer gave us a few of her best tips. "Diet is key. Diet plays a huge role in fitness," she explained. "A lot of people go to the gym, work out really hard, then don't follow up with a good lifestyle. You can't expect a flower to grow without any water. Work out, but also take care of yourself. Drink lots of water, that’s the key. A lot of times when I feel bloated, to me drinking a lot of water really gets rid of all that. And get plenty of sleep, my biggest pet peeve is looking puffy and tired."
She may be stunning, but Sommer is incredibly sweet and down to Earth, and she admits that a lot of that comes from her humble background. "I grew up on a ranch in Colorado, 40 acres, we had like 30 horses because my mom also had a boarding facility, plus chickens and goats, and I did the rodeo stuff," she explained. "I was homeschooled until I was 14. I think it all sculpted the person I am today, I’m not materialistic, I don't need name brands, I grew up with animals and nature. I know real values. My whole life I was like 'I can’t wait to get out of here, this is disgusting,' but once you get away from it, it’s like 'oh god, get me back!'"
Sommer has always had different goals from most people her age, starting at 14 when she began training with her bodybuilder dad. "The first show I ever did was with my mom, we competed in NPC [bikini competition]. Actually, Colorado made a teen division because of me. People from my town didn't understand it, they were like 'what the hell is she doing?' No one undestood. Let's face it, when girls are 16, 17, 18, they wanted to party or hang with boys, but now it’s a big thing. I like to think I'm helping the world because you can't party, you can't drink when you’re competing." Sommer did competitions until she was 18, but then "it went to a national level and all the girls were taking enhancement drugs. So I stopped competing and focused more on my Instagram and people like it so thats how I got here."
While Sommer seems totally perfect, she wants fans to know that she deals with her own insecurities, and that they should know that the people they see online have flaws. "People come up to me like 'oh I want to be you,' but a lot of days I don't even want to be me," Sommer said. "I'm probaby the hardest on myself, people only see my highlight reel, but I'm a normal human, some days I feel bloated and fat and gross." To combat that surreal image, Sommer made a backup Instagram that shows the real her.
"I want younger girls to see I'm an actual human," she continued. "I think more girls need to do stuff like that because when I first started at like 17, 18, and moved out to Cali I thought all of these girls were going to be picture perfect and I’d be nothing compared to them. Then I realized wow, you’re just a normal person. When little girls see stuff like that there will be less of thm hating themselves. We all have flaws. Our whole role in life after being given this power is to motivate and inspire so thats what I want to do.
But for people who do want to feel a little bit more like Sommer, she revealed that she has a Sommer Ray Apparel workout line coming out soon. "It’s what I wear, a lot of my sayings on shirts," she explained. "I’m really into eighties stuff, my whole vibe is eighties so it’s going to be a fun line." We can't wait to see it. Keep slaying, Sommer!