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Woman's Side-By-Side Pics Show Just How Much Lifting Weights Changes Your Butt

When it comes to working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it's very easy to assume a lower weight means a better-looking body.

But that's so often not the case at all, and Claire Maxwell is the perfect example why you shouldn't get too fixated with the numbers on the scale.

A screenshot of an Instagram post from Claire Maxwell. It shows a picture of a white woman in workout clothes with her hair tied up in a ponytail. Her outfit is a gray sports bra and gray pants. She's holding a drink in her right hand. There's a red brick wall behind her. We see her profile, as she's turned to the side. She's smiling.

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Almost a year ago, Maxwell, a 28-year-old registered nurse from Durham, North Carolina, broke her jaw after she fainted and fell to the floor at work.

While she healed from the accident, Maxwell had to have her jaw wired shut for several weeks, which significantly limited her food intake.

Without even trying, she lost a total of 13 pounds.

A screenshot of an Instagram post from Claire Maxwell, which features a photo of a white woman with her back facing the camera. She's holding an iced coffee drink in her left hand. She's looking to the left. Her hair is in a low, slightly messy bun. She's wearing a white top and denim shorts. She looks like she's maybe standing in front of a white garage.

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Maxwell wasn't initially alarmed at all by the weight loss.

She wrote in a caption of one of her Instagram photos,

I knew I needed to gain back the weight but I didn't see the hurry.

I didn't think I looked unhealthy. I thought I looked fine… lean even. It wasn't until I saw this photo on the left [taken after my accident] that I remember thinking, ‘Oh, shit… definitely do not have a butt anymore.'


Once she realized how drastically her body had changed in such a short amount of time, Maxwell decided to take action.

A screenshot of an Instagram post from Claire Maxwell, which features a picture of a white woman in workout clothes at the gym. The picture is a mirror selfie taken on her phone. She's wearing workout leggings/pants and a sports bra. She's flexing her left bicep. Her hair is tied back.

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After her jaw was no longer wired shut, the 28-year-old dove into a weight-gain plan, which included a high-carb, high-calorie diet (aka my dream) and began lifting weights again.

However, since Maxwell had also fractured her wrist in the accident, she wasn't able to put up the same heavy weights as before.

So, even though she'd returned to her previous weight of 130 pounds, she still wasn't comfortable with how her body looked.

Maxwell even admitted on Instagram it “messed with my head a little bit.”

A screenshot of an Instagram post which features two side by side pictures of the same woman. There's a caption overlaid on the photo which says "1 month difference." She is standing in the same gym in both pictures. In the left image, she's wearing a gray sports bra with gray workout leggings/pants. In the right photo, she's wearing a black sports bra and black leggings/pants.

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Eventually, after both her jaw and wrist were fully recovered, she kicked her fitness routine back into high gear.

Since the excess calories from her previous diet had helped her gain weight, all she needed to do was work on her strength.

Soon, she began to feel comfortable again in her body.

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But, inspired by the quick progress she saw, Maxwell decided she wanted an even more bootylicious bottom.

She upped her carb intake once again (YAS QUEEN) and started putting in a rigorous four-and-a-half hours of butt work at the gym per week, which included workouts like bridges, leg presses, split squats, weighted walking lunges, hamstring curls, deadlifts, kickbacks, hip thrusts, kettlebell swings and much, much more.

WORK, BETCH.

A screenshot of an Instagram post from claire maxwell, which features side by side photos of the same woman. The left image has a caption in the left bottom corner that says "117 lbs" and the right photo says in the bottom right corner "130 lbs." In the left photo, she is turned to the side so we see the left half of her body. She's wearing a cropped white workout shirt and blue workout pants. In the right photo, it is a mirror selfie taken with her phone. She's wearing a black sports bra and black workout pants. Her butt is noticeably larger in the right photo.

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Before she knew it, her booty had reached Kim K status.

And, believe it or not, her weight did not budge at all from her normal 130 pounds.

Claire Maxwell's Instagram picture in a blue bikini showing her butt with a text caption and lots of comments

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Maxwell wrote in an Instagram caption,

I think there is this automatic association that weighing less is somehow better. Obviously this is not true but I think that has been engrained in us by society.

Even for someone who doesn't use a scale (I just weigh myself for macro adjustments), I do understand how the number on the scale can have a big impact on someone. So I just really encourage you guys to adjust your goals based on what you see in the mirror and how you are feeling about your body (if that makes sense). Yes, the number on the scale CAN be an indicator of progress, but it is NOT the only indicator.

Booty and brains. Does it get any better?

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Allie is a News Writer at Elite Daily, as well as a recent graduate from The University of Delaware. If you are in her social circle, you probably know more than you care to about her cat, Jasper. She loves to exercise, but basically cancels th ...
Allie is a News Writer at Elite Daily, as well as a recent graduate from The University of Delaware. If you are in her social circle, you probably know more than you care to about her cat, Jasper. She loves to exercise, but basically cancels th ...

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