Love Your Shape- Free Workout Guide For Your Shape
Women come in all shapes and sizes, there is no right or wrong shape, there is no perfect shape and exercise works differently for every shape.
This message is such a positive encouraging approach to all body types to promote self love and be happy in the skin you are in. But sometimes it’s not as easy as that, however If you do feel a little uncomfortable in your shape and or lacking confidence in your skin, that is totally ok and is completely normal but there are ways to help improve your body confidence. I'm here to help motivate and inspire you to train for YOUR SHAPE. Not anybody else's.
This article highlights a brief on each body shape and the "fix". I have put together workouts and Exercise ideas that target specific areas of the body for different body shapes, with a direct download to a ‘free workout session’
What might work for you may not work for the next person! For example, the squat, for me I can’t no matter how much I try get my glutes fired up to feel the benefits of a squat in my glutes it just doesn’t work for me, I am more quad dominate. I quickly gain muscle definition in my quads but not my Glutes, however, hip thrusts That is a WINNER! For me. You must figure out what works and does not work for you.
So firstly let’s find out which shape you are?
The shape: Rectangle/straight
Women that have straight body types, mmm like Cameron Diaz for example, straight body types can wear nearly anything—but they don’t generally have the girl curves they would like to see in a bikini. Any weight they do carry usually forms a little potbelly, weight never goes to their boobs or their butt! Straight/boyish builds are similar to athletic types in that they also carve a fairly square silhouette; but unlike their athletic counterparts, boyish builds tend to struggle at building any muscle tone and find it hard to gain weight.
If you’re looking to add some curves, women with straight builds should focus on tightening their core Strength —especially their deep abdominal muscles which pull in the belly, and the obliques, which cinch in the sides of the waist. Straight/athletic body types should also increase weight training to add lean muscle mass (read: curves) to their butts. The heavier the better. Upper- and middle-back exercises will help un-hunch a square-body-type’s shoulders, lessening the frail-looking frame.
The shape: Pear/Hourglass
Pear shapes populate the roster of bombshell beauties, from Alicia Keys to Rihanna . As the name of this body type suggests, pears are proportionally smaller on top, and curvier on the bottom with a small waist. Pears easily pack weight onto their lower bodies, and have a hard time toning their arms and shoulders.
A pear can often become obsessed with trying to achieve smaller legs, by doing countless lower body exercises including dozens of lunges and leg lifts. Of course, you want your butt, hips, and thighs to be tight and toned. But, pears: you also want your body to be balanced, so don’t neglect your upper body making sure you incorporate upper body movements with your lowers. Focus on your upper core strength which helps defines the abdominals which enhances your curves.
The shape: Curvy/Round
Curvaceous like Scarlett Johannson, Beyoncé, woman with curvy round body types are balanced beauties who fill out a bikini top and bottom. When they gain weight, it tends to be all over. Like pears with larger chests, they have the curves, but what they usually lack is all-over muscle tone. Very Glute dominant, with strong legs curvy girls can lift heavy!
Curvy girls should focus on full-body toning exercises, hourglass-shaped girls can struggle to build muscle and tone especially in the thighs and upper arms. To keep a shapely yet firm figure, curvy body types should pay special attention to their weaknesses, rather than their exercise strengths. Focusing on high reps low weights to help shred and tone the full body.
The shape: Athletic
Think Gweneth Paltrow, Reese Weatherspoon—broad across the back and shoulders, narrower through the hips. Athletic builds are often short-waisted (and maybe a little thick-waisted), tend to have square silhouettes, and will have a lower ratio of fat to muscle than curvy or pear-shaped body types. Swimsuits can be tough to find for athletic builds, because what fits the bottom half will often be too small to stretch over the top.
Athletic women don’t generally need too much toning. As most are very naturally thin and toned already. But Athletic body types should focus on strength based training, rather than cardio or high reps. Aim to lift heavy weight, low reps and start eating that extra chicken breast at dinner! Squats and shoulder exercises will help bring a little balance to your shape, as well as a little nip through the waist for a sexy silhouette. Tummy-tightening core moves, along with lower-body exercises that shape the glutes and thighs, are the perfect complement to this already strong build.