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exercise according to "body type"

Wondering if there's anything to this theory. Basically, if you're an "hourglass" or a "spoon"--anything bottom heavy--MANY exercises will only make you bigger--bulk you up? Things like stair stepping, step aerobics, lunges, squats, even running--are supposedly no-no's for these body types. I've found several sites that support this theory, but I want to hear about personal stories. They don't really leave much to choose from except for bike riding and jumping rope.

Wed. Jun 20, 10:59pm

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I think it's a bunch of crap, really. When you build muscle (as a woman)-sure it gets slightly larger, but if you are burning fat along with that, you actually get smaller as you build muscle. Definitely not bigger! I think this is an excuse people use not to do certain types of uncomfortable exercise.

I've always been an hourglass (which by the way, doesn't mean bottom heavy) whether I was overweight or not-and after losing 75 lbs and doing lots of vigorous cardio (treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, aerobics classes) and all sort of different resistance routines-including lunges, squats, and currently LOTS of running, and yoga and my butt and thighs are the smallest they've been in my entire life-and I'm rock solid!! My measurements are now 36-27-36 and they were formerly 45-36-47 so I definitely don't believe anything about working your body type a certain way! Burn fat and build some muscle and you will look fabulous!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 11:35 PM

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I agree, 11:35p! And I think people may get bigger because they're not paying close enough attention to their diet - what they're eating and HOW MUCH
of it (i.e., people can gain weight or not lose by eating too much healthful food!) So, they build muscle without shedding the layer of fat. I certainly have experience with that! Once I payed attention to how much I was eating and cut back - I got in the best shape of my life.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 11:42 PM

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Thanks you two; I really appreciate that feedback.

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 6:56 PM

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I don't know....

I hope what you say is true 11:35 and 11:42! I have been doing a lot of cardio videos, which tend to have a lot of lunges and squats... and my butt is getting huge. :( I'm toning up all over, but my backside is growing inversely with my decreasing weight! It's very disheartening. I only hope that if I keep working out and burning calories, the fat there will eventually burn off. In the meantime.... I'm so discouraged!

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:16 PM

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that's my concern, 7:16...that I finally work up the motivation to get started working out, and that it turns out to backfire. I just read this book years ago called, "Exercising according to your body type". I'm a DEFINITE hourglass, and my rear does not need to get any bigger. I seem to recall that when I used to "The Firm" with lots of step up moves, lunges and squats, that I got firm, but bulked up. So, now that I'm ready to lose weight and get into shape, I looked body type exercises up and found several sites advocating that hour glasses stay away from this type of exercise.

It just doesn't make sense to me. MOST of the women are hourglass or spoon shaped. Very few have that ruler shape (like models) that CAN do these type of exercises. It just seems that if it were true, it would get a LOT more publicity because these are all the types of exercises women do: Aerobics? Come on. That's a pretty basic thing and this theory says that most women shouldn't even do it? I have torn ligaments in my knee before and can't do high impact stuff. I have a stair stepper which would be ideal, if I weren't worried about this theory of bulking up. I can't jump rope (which they say is ideal for hour glasses) and I'll get bored really quickly on a stationary bike. Anybody else want to chime in? I'm holding off getting started exercising until I feel pretty comfortable with this.

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7:42 PM

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