Not everyone’s body type is the same so why should your workouts be? It’s necessary for certain body types to target different muscles in order to receive the best results for your body. In honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on September 24, we’ve broken down the best workouts for different body types.
Pear Shaped: Those of you that have a wider bottom than top can reap the benefits of this workout by toning your arms and shoulders as well as strengthening the rest of your body. Try out the “Hundred on the Ball” from Women’s Health. Lie on your back and place your arms by your sides. Bend your knees at 90 degrees and place your calves on top of a fitness ball. Lift your head and shoulders off the ground but ensure that your head, neck and shoulders are relaxed. Breathe in and out 5 times and then rest your head. Repeat 10 times for 1 rep. While your head is off the ground, pulse your arms up and down with your palms facing down. Repeat this for 10 reps with 100 breaths per rep.
Athletic: If you have broad shoulders and a slender waist, try this alternative take to squats in order to strengthen your tummy and enhance your booty and thighs. Start with your feet hip-width apart and place your arms in front of you. Bend your knees so your body sits at a 45 to 90 degree angle ensuring that your knees are not over your toes. As you return to a standing position, rotate your torso to the right along with your arms. Bring your arms to the center for another squat and as you come up rotate to the left. This is considered one rep; it’s recommended to do 10 to 12. If you are seeking more of a challenge, do the same exercise while holding a medicine ball.
Curvy: Women with a bust and hips that are larger than their waist are considered curvy and tend to lack overall muscle tone. Utilize this workout to build muscle and tone arms and legs. Begin in a side plank on your right side with your elbow on the floor right under your shoulder. Place your right foot in front of your left. Extend your left arm above your head so your bicep is directly above your ear with your palm facing the floor. Point your arm towards the floor while simultaneously raising your hips. Repeat this movement on your right side for 8 to 10 reps and then switch and repeat on your left side.
Straight or Boyish Shaped: If you lack any sort of curves, help build a shape to your waist and sculpt your glutes with this workout. Start with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a set of dumbbells at your shoulders, bending your elbows out to the sides with your palms facing forward. Take a large step forward with your right foot into a squatting position so your knees reach a 90-degree angle, make sure your knees don’t over extend and are aligned with your ankle. Straighten your right leg and come to a stand and then bring your left knee forward in front of your hips so you are just standing on your right leg while holding the weights up to the ceiling. Repeat this on your other leg and do 10 to 12 reps per leg.