You can shape a toned body regardless of your body type. Aspiring to look like a fitness model from your favorite magazine is not a realistic goal for many women. Plus, you don’t need that look to be your goal. You want to look your best based on your particular body type. So don’t worry, just do the hard work based on your body type, follow your meal plan and you will look your best.
Three training mistakes that I see many women make are:
1) Doing the same workout for months or years. This will stall your progress because your body adapts to the same workout.
2) Doing too many long, steady-state cardio sessions. This workout routine will waste away your muscle mass.
3) Not doing enough strength training for fear of getting too bulky. You would have to lift very heavy weights for this to happen.
No two people should train the same way. Two people following the same exercise program can get different results. Don’t underestimate the value of an exercise program set up by a fitness professional. You will get an individualized training program and valuable feedback from a professional.
All women fall into one of four basic body types:
Type 1 – A woman with a thin, linear shape (ectomorph). Muscle mass needs to be built on the entire body. A woman with this body type has trouble gaining muscle mass. Concentrate on compound exercises like squats, bench press, leg press, deadlift, lunges, step ups, shoulder press and bentover row to build major muscle groups and add definition to your body.
If this is your body type, you also need to make sure you eat enough to gain weight and build muscle. Many times, a woman with a thin, linear body type can eat anything she wants and still have trouble gaining weight! Or, she will eat like a bird and remain skinny.
Type 2 - You have thin arms and legs with excess fat in the mid-section of your body. You need to burn abdominal fat and build muscle mass in the other parts of your body. Don’t just focus on your belly fat. Focus on burning total body fat with full body circuit strength training and short, intense cardio sessions.