October 31, 2014

Workout Myth #1 – Does Fat Weigh More Than Muscle?

Cory Adams

Gardner Get Fit!

As a local Fitness Trainer I have this question asked to me on a monthly basis “doesn’t muscle weigh more than fat?”  I am sure you have heard or possibly thought this.  Well let me put this myth to rest.

First of all it is not true and here is why.  If you have a pound of fat or a pound of muscle, you still have a pound.    Here is a better example.  Lets say you have a pound of feathers and a pound of steel.  A pound equals a pound.  But it is going to take a lot more feathers to weigh a pound compared to a small piece of steel.  So if you substitute the feathers for the fat and the steel for the muscle, you can see that the fat or feathers is going to take up a lot more space then the muscle or steel.  A good way of looking at this is a guy could weight 200 pounds but look like he weighs 185 because he has muscle.

So if your not losing as much weight on the scale don’t get to discouraged.  You might be losing inches.   Make sure to take some body measurements and a before picture too.  Its not about how much you weigh but more about how you  look and feel.  After all we don’t go around telling people how much we weigh.  Even if we look great.  But if someone notices a change they might say “you look great “and ask what you have been doing.? But they never say “how much do you weigh?”  So worry more about how you look and less about a  number on the scale.  Trust me the number will come eventually.

Always remember there is no scientific way to calculate where and how your weight comes off.  It might be inches it might be weight.  You might lose it off your stomach or maybe your neck.  You cannot spot train.  Talk to fitness professional like myself or another trainer.  Get on a strength and cardio routine.  And most importantly get you diet in check.

My advice is be patient and stay the course.  Don’t get discouraged.  Set small reachable monthly goals.   Imagine buying new clothes, getting a new swimming suit, and people asking  what your doing and commenting on  how good you look!  Just keep working hard and don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out help.  Keep up the hard work it is all worth it.

Cory Adams is a local resident of Gardner Kansas and a Christian personal trainer.  Cory is a personal trainer and runs a boot camp at the New Life Community Church off Moonlight Road. Email Cory at legacyfitnesstraining@gmail.com

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Comments

  1. gardner2 says:

    Hey Cory, good article. What’s the best workouts to do it you only have 20 min a day to workout?

  2. Well the best workout for 20 min. would most likely be a full body circuit. Try to encorporate a exercise from each muscle group, leg, arm, chest, shoulder, and then a cardio type like jump rope or sprinting in place. Do each exercise for 45 – 60 seconds and repeat as many rounds as possible.

  3. Thanks for the article! It was a great read.

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