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11 Before-And-After Photos That Show How Weightlifting Can Transform Your Body

This is inspiring!

When it comes to working out, the goal is to work smarter, not harder, right? If that’s the case, you may want to rethink the way you’re exercising to ensure you’re doing the most for your body. These before-and-after photos will show you just how weightlifting can transform your body, and they may make you consider adding more weightlifting into your current fitness routine.

According to Women’s Health magazine, weightlifting — unlike cardio — works on the body long after you’ve concluded your reps due to the fact that it helps you to build lean muscle and increase your metabolism.

“Big lifts [exercises targeting large muscle groups] trigger testosterone and human growth hormone secretion, both of which boost fat metabolism,” weightlifting coach Lisa Reed told Women’s Health.

Plus, lifting can aid to your weight loss efforts, too.

“If you’re looking to lose fat, go with strength training,” trainer Nick Tumminello, author of “Strength Training for Fat Loss,” told Business Insider. “Watch your diet to reveal your shape, and strength train to improve that shape.”

And if that wasn’t enough to convince you — these real-life examples just might be:

1. @sameetayyy

After a little over two years of weight lifting, Instagram user @sameetayyy has reaped major results.

2. @runposelift

Strength training has helped Instagram user @runposelift feel great about her body again. How inspiring!

3. @coleenebraymelmoth

Hitting the gym helped Instagram user @coleenebraymelmoth celebrate her 40 birthday looking fit and fabulous!

4. @madisonmckinlee

Instagram user @madisonmckinlee proves that with hard work and dedication, you can meet your weight loss and strength goals.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY ☀️ • You know what the one thing you should never ever give up on is? YOURSELF 💛 • You kill all of the goals and you fight for what you want because it feels damn good to be at the top of that mountain ⛰ • You get to scream that you did it. You get to prove the doubters, the bullies, the haters that they were all wrong 😛 • Maybe it’s bad, but this journey is fulled by the ones that have hurt me. So right now I’m smiling saying thank you 🙏🏼🙃 • #beforeandafter #flashbackfriday #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #gymalholic #trainthroughyourpain #gymmotivation #motivation #girlswholift #glutes #workoutmotivation #popeyessupplements #changeisgood #transform #loveyourself #selfcare #girlswithtattoos #progresspicture #wootd #lululemon #gymsharkwomen #grind #liftheavy #girlswholift #muscleup #bootygains #bootypump #booty #strengthtraining

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5. @cookieedough

User @cookieeedough on Instagram is showing how toned and strong your body can look after putting in the work at the gym.

#TransformationTuesday No everyday I didn’t jump out of bed wanting to go to the gym though O did regardless. I would jump out of bed to workout, rain, shine, sick or healthy because working out saved me from depression. It gave me the light at the end of the tunnel. It taught me the value of self love, self forgiveness, hard work and dedication. I would be lost without fitness as it saved my life many years ago and I was able to pick myself up off the ground. That’s why I don’t believe in plastic surgery- not because I just want to rant about it but you’re robbing yourself of the true gem of working on yourself when you go that route. My personal journey is what caused me to want to be a trainer to begin with because I wanted every woman on the face of this earth to feel the empowerment of self love that I began to feel, then later on down the road because of my inner athlete at heart I began inspiring men to get up and better themselves. No better feeling could I ever ask for than to inspire people that work on themselves for the better & have self-love! Being featured in Women’s Health magazine opened up my eyes more than ever to all the people struggling to put on healthy gains just like me. Ping from 98lbs to averaging to 125-130 lb wasn’t a big deal to me as I never focused on it like that but so many of you shared your stories with me & theres a lot of us petite people struggling to gain healthy weight and keep it on! #YoureNotAlone __________________ Jamaica 2014 vs. Mexico 2018 – keep grinding ! The results are on their way I promise!! #BodyByCookie x #SweetlyToned #BBCSquad ___________ USE CODE: Cookiecake to save money on all items on BodyByCookie.com (today’s the last day!) @gainzvillle

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6. @lifeforce_jajah

@lifeforce_jajah on Instagram saw major results and got some serious muscles when she started lifting weights.

จ๋าเองจะใครล่ะ 😅 ถ้าคนที่ไม่เจอกันนานๆๆๆๆก็จะบอกว่าว่า เฮ้ยยยยไปทำอะไรมาเปลี่ยนไปมากกกกกก แต่ถ้าคนเจอจ๋าแบบปัจจุบันอยู่ ไม่เคยเห็นจ๋าในแบบเมื่อก่อนก็จะคิดว่า จ๋าก็เป็นแบบนี้มาตลอด คือมันไม่ใช่ อ่อนแอมาตลอด เห็นไหมว่าจ๋าเองก็ไม่ต่างจากใครหลายๆคน ออกกำลังกายเริ่มจากจุดเล็กๆ คืออยากมีสุขภาพที่ดีและแข็งแรง บางทีกว่าจะเริ่มต้นได้มันก็ไม่ใช่เรื่องง่ายๆ แต่พอทำแล้วมันคือ การเราได้พิสูจน์ตัวเองว่า เฮ้ยยยย เราก็ทำได้ เวลาเป็นสิ่งมีค่าถ้าเราทำให้มันมีค่า และเวลาก็จะเป็นสิ่งที่ไม่มีค่าถ้าเราปล่อยให้มันผ่านไปโดยที่เราไม่ทำอะไร ✌✌สู้ๆค่ะทุกคน อีก 1กำลังใจจากผู้หญิงที่เคยเกลียดการออกกำลังกาย😍 #me #girlswholift #fitspo #motivation #bodybuildingmotivation #transformation #transformationtuesday #powerlifting #happy #fitnessaddict  #bodyweighttraining #fitfam #fitness #stronger #stronggirl #loveyourself #abs #sixpack #instafit #fitgirl#strongnotskinny  #fitspiration #fitnessjourney #fitsporation  #girlpower #lifestyle#power #instafit #instafitness

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7. @losermentality

Despite the Instagram handle, @losermentality has anything but a loser mentality when it comes to work ethic and achieving her weight loss goals, and because of that, she’s dropped 111 pounds!

In case you missed it…I hit my 2nd goal weight today!!! 149! 111lbs down!! That means my BMI is in the “normal” range for the first time since I was a teenager. The BMI chart is nonsense but for this specific application I’ll accept 😜 . . . . I can’t even begin to describe how this feels. I can’t imagine feeling more empowered or capable. The YEARS of persistence, dedication, sacrifice, sweat, and tears so that I can not only feel confident in my skin but can live a longer and healthier life. Not only did I improve my odds of being around to see my children grow but I also showed them that life, love, and dreams are worth fighting for. . . . I am not special. I’m not different than anyone else. I’m just a regular girl from a small town, who had a rough childhood and tried to eat her pain away. I hit rock bottom (and a lot of rocks on the way down) and one day I made a decision to claim my space in this world and fight for what I want. None of it has been easy. Nothing worth fighting for ever is. . . . Don’t look at me and wish that you could be like me. You ARE like me. Maybe you just don’t see it yet. Don’t ever give up on yourself or your dreams. You can have anything and everything that you want if you’re willing to fight for it. Fricken A! I’m telling you it feels soooo damn good. . . . . . #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #weightlossmotivation #fattofit #igfitfam #igfitness #keto #ketoweightloss #livefit #naturalweightloss #extremeweightloss #losermentality #shanfitclub #100poundclub #goals #fitspo #motivation #fitnessmotivation #transform #goals #bodypositive #determination #inspire #believe #obesetobeast

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8. @vilmaortiz108

Instagram user @vilmaortiz is all sorts of life goals — especially considering she’s 50 years old. According to the hashtags, she’s “fiftyandfabulous,” and we couldn’t agree more! This only proves that it’s never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle.

9. @arielrao

Instagram user @arielrao shows that hard work at the gym can lead to an incredibly strong body.

10. @miss_fit_aly

@miss_fit_aly saw results in just eight weeks — which proves that it doesn’t take long to notice a change in your body once you start weight lifting.

After 8 tough weeks, I have completed Gabby Gains Guide!! 5-6 days of heavy weights, lots and lots of sweat and eating more food than before….I feel stronger than ever! More than anything, I notice the changes to my upper body and I’m lifting much more weight that I thought I could! Anyone looking for a new gaining program, I’d highly recommend this guide. Thank you @gabbyschey for creating this program and encouraging muscle gain, eating good foods (not dieting) and body confidence 😘 Volume 2 starts next week!! #gabbygains #gabbysgirls #strong #strongmom #strongmama #momsover30 #fitness #fitnesslife #fitnessmotivation #strongnotskinny #gains #peachyglutes #hourglassfigure #strongupperbody #flexing #transformation #confidence #strongisbeautiful #screwthescale #musclesexy #flexfriday

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11. @fat.amy_11

Instagram user @fat.amy_11 proves that sticking with something is ultimately the way to weight loss. She’s a great example of how a little motivation and dedication can go a long way.

So, who’s ready to hit the gym?