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Body Shapes

What Body Shape Are You?

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While you can't change your genes, you can make the most of what you were born with by training for your shape.

Hourglass

A well-proportioned top and bottom and narrow waist. When you gain weight you gain it all over, especially on your chest and bottom. If you're an hourglass body shape, you should focus on both cardio and resistance exercises. The treadmill will assist in keeping your weight in check, while resistance exercises will help to maintain balance between your upper and lower body.

Triangle

If you have an inverted triangle shaped body, your bottom half is smaller than your top half, there is little definition between your waist and hips, your hips and bottom tend to be flat and your shoulder line is straight and squared. Your focus in exercise should be to build up your bottom half, especially your thighs and buttocks. Define your waist with the treadmill, Stepping, lunging and squatting to strengthen and build your lower body and core.

Pear

Pear shaped individuals tend to have hips and thighs that are proportionally wider than their chests and shoulders. This is due to the shape of the skeleton, size of muscles or the location of body fat deposits. While exercise can correct a pear shape caused by excess body fat, some exercises including squats, lunges, stair climber and cycling may make a pear shape worse by overworking the glutes, hamstrings and muscle of the inner thighs.

Apple

An apple shaped body accumulates excess fat around the waist rather than on the hips and thighs. If you carry a lot of fat around the midsection, high-intensity full-body treadmill routines are great. The best results for your middle is to burn fat throughout the entire body, and because much of the fat is deposited around your belly, it's important to implement exercises to strengthen the core and help stabilize the spine.

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