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From 138 to 144 Lbs: Discover How Weight Bearing Exercises Were Key to F/22 Journey

Discover how F/22 increased her weight from 138 to 144 lbs thanks to weight bearing exercises. Learn why muscle weighs more than fat and how you can transform your body too.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'9" female showing a weight gain from 138 pounds to 144 pounds. A net gain of 6 pounds.
F/22/5’9” [138 lb > 144 lb = +6 lb] A reminder that muscle weighs more than fat. Weight bearing exercises > cardio
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


A lot of people struggle with losing or gaining weight, sometimes feeling discouraged when the number on the scale does not go in the direction they hoped for. However, F/22's journey proves that muscle weighs more than fat and that there is more to progress than just numbers.

The Journey

F/22, who stands at 5ft 9in, increased her weight from 138lbs to 144lbs, introducing weight-bearing exercises to her workout routine to build muscle. Throughout her journey, she reminds fellow Redditors that 'muscle weighs more than fat' and that it is more important to focus on physical strength and body confidence rather than just the number on the scale.

Science Behind Muscle and Fat

F/22's success is backed by science. One pound of muscle and one pound of fat both carry the same weight, however, muscle is denser and takes up less space than fat. Therefore, two people with the same weight and height can have completely different body compositions based on the amount of muscle and fat they carry.

Weight Bearing Exercises vs. Cardio

F/22 credits weight-bearing exercises, such as squats and deadlifts, as the key to her transformation. While cardio is great for overall health, incorporating weight-bearing exercises into a workout routine helps build muscle, strength, and improve overall body composition.


F/22's journey is a testament that weight loss or gain should not be defined by just one number on a scale. Incorporating weight-bearing exercises into your routine can help build muscle, improve body composition and increase overall physical strength. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat, and the number on the scale does not define your journey.

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