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Most women have certain “trouble” areas of their body they want to whip into shape more than others.  This is because we all have different body types.  According to Women’s Health Magazine, most women fall into one of four categories: Pear, Straight, Curvy, or Athletic.  So what type of workout is best for your shape?

PEAR

As the name implies, pears tend to be smaller on top, wider through the hips and thighs, and have a hard time toning their arms and shoulders. (I know this to be true, because I am definitely a Pear!)  Pears often become obsessed with toning their lower bodies.  While you want your butt, hips, and thighs to be tight and toned it’s important not to neglect your upper body.  The best way to balance out the lower body is by creating an equally muscular upper body.

Try this workout if you’re a classic pear (click the link for descriptions of each exercise): Perform each set of two exercises back-to-back with no rest in between.  Rest 30 to 60 seconds before moving on to the next set.

SET 1: Lift-Off Lunge/Hundred on the Ball

SET 2: Scissors Jump/Push-Up and Leg Raise

SET 3: Mermaid/Boat Curl and Press

SET 4: Triangle Lat Raise/Dip and Knee Raise

STRAIGHT

Straight/boyish builds tend to have a fairly square silhouette with very few curves.  Any weight they do carry is usually in the belly.  They also tend to have a hard time building muscle tone.  To add curves, women with straight builds should focus on their core, especially their deep abdominal muscles which pull in the belly and obliques helping to cinch in the sides of the waist.  They should also increase weight training to add lean muscle mass (curves) to their butts.

Straight shooters, here’s your workoutPerform each set of two exercises back-to-back with no rest in between.  Rest 30 to 60 seconds before moving on to the next set.

SET 1: Lift-Off Lunge (10-12 reps per leg)/Mermaid

SET 2: Push-Up and Leg Raise (8-12 reps)/Crossover Crunch

SET 3: Squat and Overhead Press/Plyo Plank

SET 4: Hundred on the Ball/Stacked Push-Up

CURVY

Curvy girls are balanced beauties who tend to fill out a bikini top AND bottom.  When they gain weight, it tends to be all over.  Without some full-body toning exercises hourglass-shaped girls run the risk of becoming too curvy, especially in the thighs and upper arms.  To keep a shapely yet firm figure, curvy gals should pay special attention to toning their extremities.

Here’s your workout curvy girls:  Perform each set of two exercises back-to-back with no rest in between.  Rest 30 to 60 seconds before moving on to the next set.

SET 1: Lift-Off Lunge/Mermaid

SET 2: Push-Up and Leg Raise/Hundred on the Ball

SET 3: Tai Chi Lunge/Side Plank with Moving Knee

Set 4: Lateral Step-Ups/Glute Bridge with Triceps Extension

ATHLETIC

Athletic gals tend to be broad across the shoulders and narrower through the hips.  Athletic builds are often short-waisted, tend to have square silhouettes, and will have a lower ratio of fat to muscle than curvy or pear-shaped girls.  Tummy-tightening core moves, along with lower-body exercises that shape the glutes and thighs, are the perfect compliment to this already strong build to help shape a sexy silhouette.

Try this workout if you’ve got an athletic bod:  Perform each set of two exercises back-to-back with no rest in between.  Rest 30 to 60 seconds before moving on to the next set.

SET 1: Curtsy Lunge with Front Raise/Hundred on the Ball

SET 2: Swivel Squat/Mermaid

SET 3: Tip and Row/Alternating Side Lunge

SET 4: Lift-Off Lunge/Push-Up and Leg Raise