Harley Pasternak Blogs: How to Train for Your Body Type

Harley Pasternak

Courtesy Harley Pasternak

updated 10/30/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 10/31/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

Last week I blogged about the hottest female bodies in film. While most of you agreed with many of the names that made the list, many people felt there wasn’t enough “body type” diversity.

Upon further review, I have to agree.

There are many different body shapes that qualify as healthy, fit and sexy.

Here are four different body shapes I see in my practice.

• The Hourglass
Scarlett Johansson. A waist that is narrower than the chest and hip regions.

• Pear
Think Amber Rose. The hip section is wider than the upper body.

• V-Shape
Think Jessica Biel. The chest and shoulder areas are more pronounced than the waist and hips.

• Rectangle
Think Cameron Diaz. The hip, waist, and shoulders are relatively similar.

So, what shape are you? Are you happy with your shape? If there was one thing about your shape that you want to change or make better, what would it be?

For the most part, your body shape is predetermined by your genetics. However, through exercise and diet, you can slightly change your body’s proportions.

Carefully selected resistance exercises can help develop the illusion of proportion, thus making your body more or less like your natural body shape.

Here are some of the most common body shape requests (and complaints) I get from my clients, and exercises that can help address them. Try 3 sets of 20 reps of each.

Body Type: Hourglass Shape
Complaint: Soft midsection
Solution: Seated trunk twists. Seated on the floor, lean back 30 degrees with your knees slightly bent. With your hands up like a boxer protecting her face, twist left and reach across your body with your right hand, then the opposite.


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