Skinny vs. Fit

Skinny vs. Fit Both are a size 2 Fitness Revolution Rowlett

Both are a size 2 and the girl on the right is 11lbs heavier at the same height, which do you want to look like?


Ok so I was just going to show this pic to make a statement that there is a difference between looking skinny vs looking fit and leave it at that… but I sometimes just can’t shut my damn mouth ūüėČ

This is more of a rant than anything

I can’t tell you how many times that I hear women (I’ve had some men tell me this as well) that they just want to be skinny. Now I’ll say right now that if your one of those people that would rather look like the girl on the left (skinny) and not the girl on the right (fit) then your in the wrong place and just leave now before I make you mad.

Skinny is not hot, simple… its just skinny. (some of you may differ in that¬†statement¬†but like I said your in the wrong place then)

Here at Fitness Revolution Rowlett we focus on fit NOT skinny

In fact have you ever head of the term “skinny-fat”

skinny fat

See what I mean

This is where a person is what the masses consider a skinny individual but they are still composed of a moderate amount of¬†body fat instead of lean muscle; they¬†appear¬†and feel ‘soft’. Give em a hug and it feels like hugging a cup of jello, not much there and what is there is just “jiggly”

A number of people that talk to be about being “skinny” just focus on that damn scale. In the fitness industry we don’t really use the scale as a¬†determinate¬†of¬†fitness¬†and health, the¬†scale¬†is just a tool of measurement, nothing else. What most trainers use is¬†body-fat,¬†typically¬†lower levels of¬†body-fat¬†indicate a level of fitness (yes this can go the other extreme as well) . So its always ego blow when I do a¬†body-fat¬†test on a ‘skinny-fat’ person and inform them that they are considered average or in some cases overweight in¬†body-fat¬†terms. Not only that but those skinny fat people just don’t look healthy, they lack that natural glow that is given off by a fit body.

Side Note: I did a bodyfat test on a guy that was bragging to me how he doesn’t have to worry about weight because he is so skinny and felt that all he needed was to “shape-up” Well after I did his bodyfat test he was actually considered nearly¬†overweight¬†on a Jackson/Pollock¬†caliper¬†test (this is just a type of bodyfat scale that is most commonly used in the fitness¬†industry) . This actually got him quite pi$$ed off at me lol. I had to explain to him that the scale¬†doesn’t’ measure fitness, just¬†weight, and weight isn’t always the best indicator of health/fitness.¬†

So for those people who just think that getting “skinny” will solve their problems and they will look hot may be mistaken. What they will probably see is that they will look the exact same only a 10lbs smaller version of¬†themselves and still soft. You can see the women in the pic to the left is skinny but by no means fit… for most readers of this blog I’m sure they don’t consider that “hot”.

A fit body puts off a¬†natural¬†healthy glow; hair looks¬†shinier, skin is more taunt over over muscles and¬†doesn’t¬†have a “swollen” of puffy look to it, eyes are brighter and mood just seems a bit more uplifted. ¬†Trust me I’ve been around plenty of “skinny” people that don’t fit that bill in health.

So to all those people that think skinny is the new sexy you are wrong my friend, I encourage you to pick up some weight and a protein shake and get your fitness on!

This quote below about sums it up…

Skinny looks good in cloths, but FIT looks good NAKED.


In Health and Fitness

Travis Merritt




Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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  1. Jeanna' Mead says:

    Remember when I first came to you..? At 144 pounds and a size 7 I was slim…. but I considered myself “skinny fat”… and I told you that I wanted to “look good naked”… now, I am a size 3/4 and 132 pounds and I feel so strong, so confident, and so much better… its your training, your programs and the way you teach…. you are going to make sure I reach my goals of looking great naked.. and in a bikini and in shorts and in everything else.. !! You completely understand that skinny ain’t sexy.. FIT IS!

  2. THANK YOU for this article! I used to try and keep myself as skinny as possible because I thought that men found me more attractive that way. I was NOT in a fit state by any means. I barely had any meat on my bones and I still jiggled when I walked. So sometimes I found myself not eating because I didn’t want the “belly buldge” and hoped that would would eliminate the jiggly wiggly. I would tell people that I was watching my weight and they always replied, “you look great! You don’t need to!” What I really was needing to be FIT not skinny! Now…I don’t care what ANYONE thinks or how I look to anyone but myself. I stopped the madness of skipping meals and began educating myself on healthier eating and exercise programs. I still weigh the same but I noticed a HUGE difference in not only how I looked, but how my clothes fit. My mood has boosted through the roof and I can’t wait for my work out sessions now. Hopefully by September I will be ready for my first competition! Never too late to start…I’m 43! ūüôā

  3. God Bless YOU!!!! It is NOT about skinny… is really IS about fit and someone (besides me – haha) gets it. I am a weight lifter… and I am NOT tiny…. in fact, I’m off the chart…. I’m 5’2… I weight 145 lbs… and I box … flip tires… sledge hammer… lift weights (like in the 30+ lb dumbbells)…and I get sooo many women (!) that say, “How do I look like you?” And the men… they just slowww their cars down when they see me run.

    We are fed a crock of media bologna that “skinny” is “fit”… no… skinny is skinny. And at my age (40+) I have NO intentions of loosing my muscle mass to be skinny. I wear a size 8 / 10 … look more like I wear a size 6 …. and people are just floored.

    But when I tell them.. EAT.. and EAT some more…. and lift… and lift some more… don’t be afraid of muscle mass… … all of a sudden they freeze. But when 20 something girls say to me, “I want to look like you” (and I get this REGULARLY!!!)…. everything they THOUGHT they know about “skinny” … “fit”…. etc… goes out the window.

    GREAT article. I LOVE YOU for writing this!!!!!!!

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