I'm 23, about 8 stones, and a pear shape.
I'm about to finish a master degree (public law)
I am thin but I have to work out more in order to be more toned!
I've always been slim, even skinny when I was a child... this is why I have an awful lot of stretchmarks.... and this despite using oil evryday after having a shower. I guess I was so skinny as a child that growing up (and curvy!) put an awful lot of pressure on my skin.
I tend to have a love/hate relationship with food. A few years ago, after a strict diet I didn't need, I got so skinny my periods stopped.
I'm trying not to fall back into those bad habits - and I occasionnaly binge, but I don't restrict myself anymore because I know I'll end up losing too much weight.
Being a pear shape girl is tricky because even when I get really skinny I still have a curvy lower body - which encourages me to keep on dieting to look really, really slim! Now I am aware of my bodytype, and even more - I like it, so I'm not going to torture myself anymore. All I want is to take care of myself, to be healthy and to love what I have.
I hope that this website will keep me motivated and dedicated to my workout routine!
Feel free to add me as a friend so we can support each other and share tips!
Advice for pear-shaped girls
Many MUSCLE & FITNESS HERS readers have commented that doing heavy squats and leg presses bulks them up. Yet we usually focus on the importance of lifting heavy weights, not "sissy" three-pounders. What gives? Simply put, different strokes for different folks.
Olson explains that for trimmer thighs, Pears may need to train their lower bodies differently. This means laying off the heavy weights for lower-body training, focusing instead on lighter weights for high reps.
"I recommend a circuit-type of approach for Pears. Use higher reps, multiple sets, and move continuously from one machine or exercise to the other. For example, rather than a heavy barbell squat, just use light dumb-bells or a ball against the wall. Do a minute straight of those squats and then a minute of lunges on each leg. Rest and repeat. Count time instead of reps.
"Just because the weights are lighter doesn't mean your workout will be less intense. It's more of a qualitative shift that needs to occur with the workout," says Olson.
"If an individual wants to use the leg press/ham-string curl/leg extension machines, that's great, but lighten the weight to 50% of your maximum lift. Or, use a weight where you can do something like 20-30 repetitions in 30 seconds. At the end of the 30 seconds, you should think, Whew, glad I'm done with that. Go close to failure but not completely to failure."
A Pear might work her lower body with a weight-loss, high-energy-expending type of program, but her upper body might need a completely different approach. Olson recommends trying a more traditional workout for the upper body, with heavier weights, three sets and a lower rep range.
"There's an idea that your whole body needs to either be on a strength program or a muscular-endurance program. No, no, no! It doesn't have to be that way at all. You really have to think of yourself as having two personalities, since a 'one size fits all' weight training approach may not work for Pears," concludes Olson.
1. Aerobic Exercise: 4-5 days per week. Alternate interval training days with steady-state cardio days. For example, you might do interval training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and follow up with steady-state training on Sunday. Train abdominals on cardio days--do crunches, bicycles and hip lifts to hit all ab muscles. Aim for about two sets of 15 reps each.
2. Pear's Leg Plan: See below for specifics. Do resistance training for legs three days a week, preferably on days that you don't do interval training.
3. Pear's Upper Body: Do upper-body training three days per week, on same days as the leg plan. Do upper-body workout first, then finish with the leg circuit.
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I've been doing cardio everyday for the last 3 days - and strength training evry 2 days- not bad !
One thing though - i'm a really social person and I go out quite a lot - which involves alcohol...
I guess I'll have to work extra hard in order to get results! I'll try to keep my intake to 2-3 pints a week... and I'll do extra cardio to compensate.
Arrgh it would be so hard to completely stop drinking while going out !!!
I'm also trying to have a really small snack at about 4 or 5 pm, like green tea and a few nuts. yes I've banned the peanut butter !! Not easy, i'm telling you!!
I hope I'll see some results soon - there is nothing worse than exercising a lot and not seeing in on your body.
Working out more regularly
Eating healthy food only
Enjoying the results !!
I'd like to do cardio/strength training everyday day if I can or 5 days a week.
I need to pare down my hips and thighs, so a lot of cardio can do no harm.
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