Workout Plan For Your Body Shape: Meso-Pear
Your Perfect Workout: Meso Pear
Trim and Tone
Fact: Your body shape and ability to burn fat and build muscle were predetermined the minute your parents did you-know-what. Well, that's terrific news (and alarming imagery). But here's another fact: It doesn't mean you're stuck with Mom's wobbly arms or Dad's flat patooty. You can improve on these genetic "gifts" with targeted fitness workouts that even out your proportions while optimizing calorie burn and muscle mass.
You're a Meso Pear If You...
1. Have strong athletic thighs.
2. Are slender up top with a defined waist.
3. Have a well-tuned metabolism — in other words, you gain muscle but no jiggle.
The toned body of an athlete no matter how little you exercise.
Max It Out
Keep your body fat in check with 40 to 60 minutes of cardio at a moderate pace (you can talk but only in one-sentence spurts) twice a week. (To calculate your max heart rate, go to womenshealthmag.com/heart.) Build your smaller upper half for a more balanced look. These lower-body exercises elongate muscles, and lots of reps firm them up without adding bulk. Complete all sets of each move before doing the next, resting up to a minute between sets. Do the workout three times a week before cardio or on opposite days.