Re: Pear Shape Question
I agree. Keep up with lifting weights.
I heartly disagree with that trainer saying "cardio" is best for the "pear". In Spring 2003, I was told by an orthopedic doc that cardio was best to lose weight by at my age (50 at the time). Until I told him I had lost 44lbs from lifting weights only after starting a college Women's strenght class six months prior to the visit. He backpedalled after that. I was there for an after MRI checkup on my left rotator cuff...had overtrained during the second semester and an old rotator cuff injury (not from lifting) was acting up.
But getting back to that trainer. There have been articles about weightlifting routines for bodytypes. At lot of this stems from a study done by a psychologist, Dr. William Sheldon, who instituted the theory of "Somatypes" and their particular personality types back in the 1940s. This concept people being one of three bodytypes..... "Mesomorph' (athletic), Ectomorph(Thin) and Endomorph (pear).....became part of the bodybuilding and diet culture years later. It is agreed now, we all do not quite fit in just those three catagories but have characteristics of each with one predominating usually.
So, the "pear" can gain muscle rather easily and generally has a wide/strong frame as a foundation to work from. However, we do tend to have trouble losing the bodyfat. But to do that, we have to eat to speed up the metabolism and keep it up through a proper diet and eating 5-6 small meals a day.
Training with weights is suggested as the best course for the "pear". To concentrate on building muscle through that alone rather than a bunch of cardio. This will build up those legs if you do low reps and heavy weights.
I disagree with that trainer about squats as well. As a woman, I am not "hippy" nor big thighed. My legs are slender/muscular and tends toward carrying my fat in my stomach/shoulders and back. I build muscle rather easily in my upper body. In the class, we had access to leg press machines but I found using the Olympic style bar w/plates in the power rack gave me better results overall in the leg area.
The squats is the "Queen" of the compound "Core" muscle builder as it hit so much of the body systematically. It is a great leg/hamstring and glute builder as well has hit the back, abs and shoulders. I do parallel squats rather than the deep one. Just do not have quite the flexibility to get that low. So in class, I was able to use the leg press as an isolation...but at home now, it is just the squats itself and have a leg extension/curl attachment on my Olympic style bench. This way I can build the leg strength, definition and muscle. Right now, I warmup with 135lbs for 20 reps and then 250 for 3 sets of 15 right now. I have to get some more plates to go any heavier. So the reps will do for now.
If all you have is a standard bar and plates, still do squats.
I do not use cardio as I found lifting to satisfy my personal goals of maintaining my weight and keeping my strength.
Last edited by Laurie2; 05-21-2004 at 02:33 AM.