Pear Shaped, Smear Shaped: Transform Your Body Type

Updated: August 19, 2016

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 {!!!}.

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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 }}.

  • What about tightening up your thighs when you’re a pear shape?
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    • laurynevarts

      Pilates! It does wonders! ; )

  • 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

      Thanks doll. Love Jillian Michaels!

  • Stephanie

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

    • Natasha

      I was just going to ask the same question!

    • laurynevarts

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

  • bre

    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

      Thank you!

  • Simone

    What exactly is spoon-shaped?

  • Haylee

    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.

  • haleigh

    is running ok for pears?

    • laurynevarts

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

  • Holly draime

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

  • Gonzalez

    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.

  • mariah

    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

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  • 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?