Instant Follow Friday: Lea Michele Is a Scream and Fitness Queen

If there’s one thing we love about Lea Michele, it’s her ability to do a perfect, bloodcurling scream with gusto.

We’re taking a look at the best of her Instagram for this week’s Instant Follow Friday, in anticipation for Scream Queens’ Sept. 22 premiere on Fox.

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The Glee alum is a fitspiration on Instagram, and a much less-annoying version of her alter-ego, Rachel Berry, in real life.

She’s starring in Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy’s new show Scream Queens alongside best friend Emma Roberts, and we’re all kinds of ready for this so-scary-you’ll-laugh-and-cry horror-comedy show, centered around a string of murders involving a college’s Kappa Kappa Tau sorority.

Michele plays Hester. Hester has a neckbrace, and is thirsty for the attention of Roberts’ character (and president of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority), Chanel Oberlin. Paired with Michele’s knack for neurotic and goofy mannerisms,  Hester is sure to be a scene-stealer.

Roberts has already confirmed that Michele plays the part perfectly, commenting to Entertainment Weekly back in April:

I can’t look at Lea in a scene because she makes me laugh. She’s so funny. We’ll be doing a scene where I’ll be giving everyone my death glare and I’ll have to skip Lea because I’ll start cracking up. It’s been really fun to work with her because I was such a fan of Glee. Her and I have really hit it off.

When she isn’t on set, Michele, of course, does not walk around wearing a neckbrace every day. She’s keen on healthy living and fitness, often sharing her ***flawless pilates, hiking, and gym workouts on Instagram. Additionally, she inspires her fans to share their proud fitness moments with her too by using the hashtag #YouFirstFitness, and encourages them to live happily and healthy.

She’s tried just about every kind of workout out there, from yoga and TRK to hiking, but she’s especially into pilates.  Michele told People back in July,

Pilates has been such an amazing change in my body. I think you kind of always have to re-adapt to how you’re feeling [and] where you are in your life. This is working for me right now and I’m very excited for it. It helps me do a better job at my job and it puts me in a good mood and makes me feel strong. I really love that.

We’ve come to the conclusion that Michele also has the best fitness wardrobe out there, always looking on point as she trains her core, or explores the Hollywood canyons and trails with boyfriend Matthew Paetz.

Michele also has a new book conveniently coming out the same day Scream Queens premieres (Sept. 22), entitled You First. A follow-up to her 2014 book Brunette AmbitionYou First is “about respecting and understanding what you really want—and then going out to achieve it.” Attempting to teach her readers how to be their best selves, You First is a guided journal covering a range of topics like fitness, diet, work, school, relationships, and much more in between “fun personal anecdotes.”

Sounds like a good beach read.

Check out the best of Lea Michele’s Instagram and hottest fitness photos in the gallery above, and be sure to follow her on Instagram @MsLeaMichele and Twitter @MsLeaMichele.