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Understanding Your Body Type

Understanding your body type is extremely important. Let’s face it girls, we all come in different shapes and sizes, which makes it difficult to find out what exercises work and which ones don’t. Understanding your body type will make getting in shape much easier.

Once you know what types of bodies are out there, pinpointing and understanding your body type can be fairly easy.

Ladies fall into 6 basic body shapes:


These are the ladies that have a small bust and waist, with extra weight carried around the hips, thighs and buttocks. In order to bring balance to your frame, work on widening your shoulder and back area.

To trim down your weighty and build your smaller areas try exercises such as:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Shoulder presses
  • Pull downs


This body type refers to ladies that tend to have broad shoulders and a large bust, with small hips and legs. For balance, you need to build up your lower region so it can match the top.

To build up your lower region, try exercises such as:

  • Leg presses
  • Stair stepper
  • Treadmill (at an incline)
  • Squats
  • Lunges


Also known as the hourglass frame, these lucky ladies have it made. Their bust and hip areas are usually equal, with a small waist. In most cases, weight gain and weight loss are distributed evenly, which tends to keep their shape balanced all the time.

To keep your shape looking great, you need to have a nice mix of both cardio and resistance training. Keeping these two forms of exercise balanced, with keep your shape balanced as well.


This body type is an athletic build, with wide shoulders and a wide waist. The best way to add symmetry is to build the lower body to give the illusion of a smaller waist and shoulder area.

To build your lower body, try exercises like:

  • Treadmill (on an incline)
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Stair stepper
  • Squats


This body type has also been called the “apple” shape and refers to ladies of average height or shorter, with a larger bust and thin legs. Of all the shapes listed in this article, the oval frame can be the most worrisome—the more weight in the middle, puts you at more of a health risk for heart disease and diabetes.

For you ladies, it’s all about the cardio. This is because cardio is great at burning fat throughout the entire body. Keep your upper body resistance training to a minimum and focus more on your lower body to build muscle in your legs and thighs if you enjoy using weights and other equipment.


These are ladies tend to have equal measurements all around, are thin and have difficulty putting on weight due to a high metabolism.

Cardio is great, but more attention should go towards resistance training to build muscle throughout the body.

To build muscle all around, focus on exercises like:

  • Leg presses
  • Pulldowns
  • Shoulder presses
  • Squats
  • Lat presses

Keep your workouts intense, but for a minimal amount of time.


Understanding your body type can help you target your problem areas much faster. With this knowledge, you can get those long-lasting results you want. What are you waiting for? The time to feel and look your best is now.

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