Online fitness guru Jen Selter has said that people shouldn’t worry about cyber bullying and that negative comments online should be taken ‘’as a compliment’’.

Speaking at the Dublin Tech Summit on how to build an online fitness empire, Selter spoke of how she used social media sites such as Instagram and Snapchat to gain a following of over 30 million people worldwide.

The fitness fanatic said that she used to stay at work on her social media skills instead of going out with friends and that her posts sometimes receive negative comments from cyber-bullies. 

‘’What I’ve learned is that negative people and negative comments are just angry about something going on in their life so you should just take it as a compliment that they’re taking their time out of their day to try and bring you down."


She went on to advise that young entrepreneurs who want to build online profiles shouldn’t hesitate to look for guidance from others and to learn from their mistakes.

‘’The most important thing is to keep people around you who are smart and positive and know what they are doing because they are the ones who will guide you through.’’

Selter said that online communities are constantly growing and people should be willing to expand to all forms of social media with their trade, and to target as wide a demographic as possible which she adheres to by making fitness plans that don’t require gym her followers to attend gyms.

‘’I think the online fitness community is just going to keep expanding, everything is moving online, all the work-outs you need everything.’’

‘’I launched my fitness app and I wanted it to be work-outs you could do at home instead of the gym as a lot of my followers don’t belong to a gym. It’s the perfect starting routine and it’s gone amazing.’’

Jen Selter spoke to RTÉ LifeStyle at the Dublin Tech Summit today, watch the interview below:

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Written by Gavin O'Callaghan