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Back to School, Back to the Gym

by Skinny Ms.

                                         Corrina Walker Photography

After my first summer with a school age child, I now know what people mean when they say it goes by quickly! But, now that school is back in full swing, that means, back to a schedule and back to the gym.

It seems being back in the gym always inspires me to write. It is all I can do to keep me from yelling my feelings at the top of my lungs in a crowded gym.

I have spoken to you before about lifting heavy weights. I really don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I must address this again. There are so many benefits to lifting heavy weights, adding muscle and becoming stronger. Here is a list of just a few:


  • Muscle and fat weigh the same (a pound is a pound), but muscle takes up less space than fat. Think of 3 grapefruits versus 3 oranges.
  • More muscle = more fat-burning. Muscle burns fat, so the more you have, the faster and easier it will be for you to get rid of the flab.
  • Muscle gives your body shape, you can literally build the body you want by choosing what you train and how hard.

Now for those of you wanting to get to a number on the scale, this could pose a potential problem. Putting on muscle will likely cause a stall on the scale, but that isn’t a bad thing. If you really want to measure your progress, take pics or measurements. What does the number on the scale really mean anyway? It isn’t like we all walk around with the number tattooed on our foreheads. The number doesn’t define us; it really means nothing at the end of the day.

Written by Renae Witzaney who is a mom, fitness model, marathon runner and of course a heavy lifter. Check Renae out on facebook.

You might also like this post by Renae Witzaney: The Weaker Sex? How to Lift Heavy and See Results!

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