Location: Dubuque, IA
Words of Wisdom: "If you don't make an ugly face, you are not lifting heavy enough."
Lynn's breast cancer diagnosis back in 2009 propelled her towards fitness and taught her to get tough. "I made the decision that I was in control," she says. Despite feeling lost in the weights section at first, Lynn cut back on endless cardio and got serious about building muscle. She knew having a lean, toned body was one of the two things she could count on to make her feel stronger.
The second thing? Her kids. She got her son and daughter on board, teaching them about the benefits of eating clean and exercising. "I have to laugh now because my children will ask me if they can come to the gym and tell me to feel their muscles as they flex their biceps," she says.
Cancer free and more confident than ever, Lynn is putting her muscle into shaping up her future with her family. No longer skinny fat but fit, she welcomes new challenges with strength and focus. "I feel like I own the gym now," she says.
- Do weights before cardio so you're not depleting your energy before you start lifting.
- Go heavy. "If I can do more than seven reps, I bump the weight up."
- Perform intervals instead of steady-state cardio. "I go as hard as I can, then recover and repeat. If I get to 20 minutes, it's a rare day!"
- Immediately after your workout, consume a whey isolate protein shake and a fast-acting carb.
- Eat! "If you don't eat enough, you won't build muscle."