How I Went From Fat Ass to Phat Ass

Weight Loss 3 min Read

Written by

Athena Landy

Setting myself up for success

When I started my weight loss journey I looked up pictures of others who had lost 50+ pounds to get an idea of what I might expect to look like.

What did I see?

Everyone looked like a deflated balloon. The difference between them and me was that I chose strength training instead of cardio. As I lost weight I built muscle.

To put it simply: now I look a lot better naked than they did. 

When I started my journey I wanted 2 things: to lose the weight and keep it off, and finally look (and feel) good.

Lose the weight and keep it off

Losing weight from only diet and cardio can set you up for the “Biggest Loser Effect“.

When you finally reach your goals, dieting stops and like many of the Biggest Loser contestants, you regain the weight.

When you lose weight without building muscle you lower your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This means you burn less calories throughout your day. The result is having to eat significantly less calories than before to maintain your weight.

It’s simple: when you build muscle you increase your BMR i.e. you increase your metabolism. A higher metabolism means you get to eat more and maintain your lean mass.

More food while still losing weight? Yes please.

building muscle to Look good & feel good


By dedicating 4 days a week to strength training and following a program like our Seriously Strong Beginner Program, I was able to lose fat while building muscle.

I worked on getting strong in lifts that challenge multiple muscle groups like the squat and deadlift.

As a female, one of my biggest concerns was having a “pancake ass”. Coming from a family plagued with “barrel butts”, I made sure to make glute training a focus. During this process I became an expert in glute growth.

I even wrote a free glute training guide to get you that phat ass, too.

Strength training allowed me to fill out with muscle while slimming down so I wasn’t left looking deflated.

Training for the goals of strength and muscle kept me focused on something other than the number on the scale. For me, being able to remain in a positive goal oriented mindset kept me from losing motivation during my journey.

Get your nutrition in check

The most important part of weight loss is dialing in your nutrition.

Just like you, I struggled through many “diets” and always gained the weight back. I found that there isn’t a magical diet to create healthy, lasting, weight loss.

By cooking, tracking, and understanding food I was able to lose the weight and keep it off for good.

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned about weight loss, made it simple and easy to understand, then put it into a free guide called “Eating for Your Goals”. Click the link below to download it.

The Serious Guide to Nutrition

Athena Landy

Athena came to Seriously Strong Training in 2014 to learn Strength Training. Fast forward 2 years and she had dropped 200lbs while joining the team as a coach. Athena has taken everything she learned on her personal fitness journey and has taught that to the coaches at Seriously Strong Training so even more people can benefit from her knowledge.