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Pear Shaped, Smear Shaped: Transform Your Body Type

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks ways to motivate yourself with exercise and clean eating.

Categorizing your body type is natural. The most common names? Hourglass, pear shaped, rectangle, &/or apple. Shape is genetic. But it is entirely possible to transform a specific body type. Paying attention to your shape is so important when it comes to working out. For instance, if your legs tend to bulk up, avoid spin class like the plague. Know the results of a workout before you jump in head first. Labeling yourself with a body type is fine, but knowing that it’s possible to change is what’s important. Pffffff, hourglass, smourglass {!!!}.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger talks fitness and dieting tips. Motivate yourself!

Exercising for your Figure:

+ Hourglass: fast walking with no incline, jogging/running slowly, no resistance on the elliptical, jumping jacks, leg extensions, swimming, dead lifts with little or no weights, Pilates, and/or jump rope. [ AVOID: spin, step class, roller blading, running on incline, and/or kick-boxing ].

+ Pear shaped: jumping jacks, dips, fast walking no incline, biking, jumping rope, push-ups and/or pull-ups. [ AVOID: squats, lunges, leg presses, sprinting, swimming, kick-boxing, and/or all elliptical machines ].

+ Rectangle: spinning, push-ups, sprinting, swimming, kick-boxing, squats, lunges, dips, all upper or lower body exercises with moderate to high resistance, and/or rowing. [ AVOID: leg lifts, too much resistance on legs, and/or vertical scissors ].

+ Apple: spinning, squats, lunges, leg presses, dead lifts, ankle weights, low-impact step class, all lower-body exercises using moderate resistance, slow walking on incline, inner-outer high machines, and/or full sit-ups. [ AVOID: bench pressing, decline push-ups, rowing, hand weights, jumping rope, kick-boxing, all upper-body exercises with moderate to heavy resistance, and/or triceps extensions.

++ P.S. most women are spoons or pear shaped, most men are rulers or cones! Take this quiz for body clarification!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks ways to motivate yourself with exercise and clean eating.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks ways to motivate yourself with exercise and clean eating.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks ways to motivate yourself with exercise and clean eating.

 {{ Source: the above information on body types & exercises associated with them have been excerpted from the book, Escape Your Shape, written by Edward Jackowski, Ph.D. & published by Simon & Schuster.  To learn more about exercising properly for your body type, visit }}.

Love, Lauryn Evarts

21 comments on Pear Shaped, Smear Shaped: Transform Your Body Type

    • laurynevarts
      07.25.12 at 11:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Pilates! It does wonders! ; )

  1. Erica
    07.19.12 at 6:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels was the first to really teach me about working out for your body shape – this is great advice!
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    • laurynevarts
      07.25.12 at 11:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks doll. Love Jillian Michaels!

  2. Stephanie
    07.19.12 at 6:46 pm (4 years ago)

    What is a spoon body type? I’ve never heard this term. Thanks, Lauryn!

    • Natasha
      07.20.12 at 2:55 am (4 years ago)

      I was just going to ask the same question!

    • laurynevarts
      07.20.12 at 10:55 am (4 years ago)

      I categorized the body types with pictures & clarified their names ; ). Hope that helps! xo

  3. bre
    07.20.12 at 10:52 am (4 years ago)

    VERY INTERESTING POST..Pear-shaped is a metaphorical term with several meanings, all in reference to the shape of a (European) pear, i.e. tapering towards the top (botanically this is the bottom, the stem end) and rounded at the bottom (botanically this is the apex).

    • laurynevarts
      07.25.12 at 11:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you!

  4. Simone
    07.20.12 at 4:55 pm (4 years ago)

    What exactly is spoon-shaped?

  5. Haylee
    07.26.12 at 1:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I think you should explain what each of the body types include; rather than a picture. Some women think they are certain body types but aren’t.

  6. haleigh
    10.08.12 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

    is running ok for pears?

    • laurynevarts
      10.08.12 at 9:36 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, just try on flat land thought, not uphill!

  7. Holly draime
    03.04.13 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    What workout machines work best at the gym for a pear shape? And why no elliptical?

  8. Gonzalez
    05.13.13 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m a really good endurance runner and I was told since I have a pear shaped body I have an advantage at running because my muscles in my thighs, hips, and butt build faster than any other part of my body. I just hate the fact that I can’t wear jeans.

  9. mariah
    05.23.14 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

    Hey! What body image is it that these workouts will help achieve? I’m a pear shape and hope to slim my thighs without bulking! Thanks <3

  10. aaa
    01.12.15 at 7:25 am (1 year ago)

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  11. Debora
    03.08.15 at 2:43 pm (11 months ago)

    Thank you! are incredible information’m reflecting more about my body and physical activities, thank you for sharing

  12. Beatriz
    05.05.15 at 2:18 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi,Excellent, I’ll think more with your information, thank you

  13. Adam Trainor
    06.29.15 at 8:53 am (7 months ago)

    Nice blog post about body shapes. What I like about it the most is that you have included workouts for each body type and what each body type should avoid. Is it possible to change body type? so if your a rectangle, can you change to an hour glass fıgure by working out?


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