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Feb

Exercise for your Body Type

Exercise for your body type.

This article was featured in the Herald Sun on Monday the 1st of February 2010.

PEAR
 You’re a bit wider on the bottom than you are on top. Tone your arms and shoulders, and get tighter all over with our pear-friendly workout.

Four exercises;
Body Weight Training, High Reps, Low Resistance (3 sets, 15 reps)
Lunges
Push Ups
Dips
Prone Hold

What are the common body issues for this body shape?
You can tend to put on size quickly on your bottom half.

Exercises that accentuate these issues
Heavy weight training for your thighs and glutes and low rep ranges will tend to accentuate your body type and may lead to you feeling out of proportion with your body.

STRAIGHT 
You’re stick straight with very few curves. Add more shape to your waist and sculpt your glutes with this workout for straight body types.
Four exercises;
Weight Training Lower Reps, Higher Resistance (2 sets, 10 reps)
Squats
Bench Press
Supported Row
FB Crunches

What are the common body issues for this body shape?
Your body is slow to change.  High intensity weight training, with higher loads will help you to shape your body closer to where you want it to be.

Exercises that accentuate these issues
Long duration, high intensity cardio-vascular work will keep you looking like a bean pole.  You will need to work hard with your food intake, and spend some time in the gym to sculpt up your shape.

CURVY
 Your bust and hips are larger compared to your waist. Add full-body muscle tone and shape up those arms and legs with this curves-a-licious workout.

Four exercises;
Longer duration cardio-vascular work and Body Weight Training, High Reps, Low Resistance (3 sets, 15 reps)
Kickboxing classes!
Fartlek Cardio (Run/Walk interval training)
Step Ups
Push Ups

What are the common body issues for this body shape?
You tend to put on size easily when not training or watching your weight.  You need to be constantly vigilant on both!

Exercises that accentuate these issues
High resistance weight training may cause you to bulk up.  Keep the weights low, but the intensity and duration of your workouts high.

ATHLETIC
 You have broad shoulders and narrow hips. Tighten your core, and add some shape to your butt and thighs with this athletic-body-type workout.

Four exercises;
Boxing
Squats
Lunges
Step Ups

What are the common body issues for this body shape?
You tend to build muscles easier than most on your upper half.  You need to watch that you keep your training load in check to keep your body in proportion.

Exercises that accentuate these issues
Heavy load, lower repetition weight training on your upper body could cause you to become overly muscular.

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