As we all know, not all bodies are created equal—and thus, workouts aren't either. While a fitness professional should always know how to tailor a workout based on a client’s physique, it can be frustrating to try and figure it out on your own. Here is how you should approach your training whether you have an apple-, pear-, or banana-shaped body.
If you carry a lot of fat around the midsection, high-intensity full-body routines are great. The best way to really torch 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 like planks to strengthen the core and help stabilize the spine. In addition, do compound exercises that target the lower body, such as squats, lunges, and deadlifts, to increase lean muscle mass in your bottom half. Click here for a great apple-shaped body workout.
The goal for those with a larger lower body and smaller upper body is to create balance with the general focus on developing a stronger top half. However, this does not mean that you should neglect your legs altogether. Instead, use lighter weights for compound exercises such as squats, lunges, and step-ups that create greater muscle activation in the glutes, hamstrings, and quads. With the focus on creating balance, pears should aim to increase the weight used in upper-body workouts. The heavier weight will help to activate more muscle fibers, increasing strength and creating lean muscle mass. Interval cardio work on either a treadmill or outdoors will also help keep your metabolism revving. Click here for a great pear-shaped body workout.
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Many identify the banana build as having a tom-boyish build or athletic frame, but don’t fret, it’s possible to help add curves, broaden your shoulders, and strengthen your physique. Much like the pear, this body type should focus on compound lower-body movements. However, increase the weight as well as the rest periods to create more shape. This will help your body fully recover, making it possible to work with heavier weights. And, it's been said before but needs to be reiterated: You will not bulk up! Instead, you'll add some sexy shape to your straight figure. Click here for a great banana-shaped body workout.