The human body comes in many shapes and sizes. So whether you naturally have a pear-shaped body, apple-shaped body, thin frame, or hourglass figure, you can find the right workouts to help you get in great shape.
Remember that your body type doesn’t determine how you need to work out—your goals do. Also, realize that body shapes are not fixed. Even if you have a particular body type today, that can change depending on how you eat and exercise.
With that said, considering your current body type can help you choose the right exercises to bulk up, trim down, or emphasize certain parts of your body. Here are some tips to help you create the body you’ve always wanted, depending on the shape you’re starting with right now.
Pears carry weight in their hips, thighs, and buttocks rather than their tummies or upper body. Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé have pear-shaped bodies. If you want to balance out your proportions, work on building muscle in your upper body and toning your lower body. Here are the exercises to include in your workout routine:
- Shoulder presses
- Bicep curls
- Leg curls
- Calf raises
Apples have rounder middles, thicker waists, and larger breasts. Drew Barrymore and Oprah have apple-shaped bodies. If this describes your body type, you probably want to define your waist, eliminate that stubborn belly bulge, and burn fat all over. Here are some exercises to help you do just that:
- Side-ab crunches
- Mountain climbers
Thin-framed people have bust, waist, and hip measurements that are all very similar. Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz have thin frames. If this describes you, and you want to add strength and curves to your figure, try these exercises:
- Overhead presses
- Side planks
Hourglass Figures: Tone All Over
People with hourglass figures are curvy on top and bottom, with a smaller waist separating the two. Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara are hourglass-shaped. To enhance this body type, you’ll want to work both your upper and lower body with the intent of defining and toning muscles. Here are some exercises that can tighten up your body without losing your luscious curves:
- Lateral pull-downs
- Tricep extensions
- Bench presses
- Leg presses
- Leg curls
- Calf raises
Whichever shape you were born with, the personal trainers at Wellbridge Athletic Clubs can help you create the perfect workout to reach your fitness goals. From individual training and group training to classes led by elite, certified fitness instructors, you’ll find everything you’re looking for under one roof.