Exercises That Match Your Body Type

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You can’t exactly change your body type, those are your genes and you were born with it but you can make the most of what you are born with by doing exercises specific to your body type.

These are the various body types and the specific exercises that are beneficial for each body type:

Pear-shaped Body

A pear-shaped body is characterized by a defined waist and wide hips, that’s why the lower body is heavier than the upper body.

Exercises:

  • Upper-body exercises – push ups, bicep curls, overhead presses
  • Total-body strength training
  • Endurance cardio – running, swimming, biking

Hourglass Body

An hourglass body is characterized by an equally proportioned and curvy upper and lower body with a small waistline.

Exercises:

  • Circuit training
  • Multi-joint workouts
  • Swimming
  • Weightlifting with light to moderate intensity
  • Cardio exercises at least 3-5 times a week
  • Lateral step-up squat presses
  • Rear lunge row taps

Straight Body

A straight body is characterized by shoulders and hips that are of the same width.

Exercises:

  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Weight training from moderate to difficult intensity
  • Cardio at moderate intensity
  • Deadlift overhead press
  • Lunges

Apple-shaped Body

An apple-shaped body is characterized by wide hips and a round middle.

Exercises:

  • High intensity interval training
  • Core-centric sculpting
  • Rear lunge chop
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • biking

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