"I want to look just like her," said my new personal training client pointing to a young, super-toned woman running on a treadmill. Hoo boy. Time for another reality check with a little game I like to call Which Fruit Are You? I've worn many hats on my way to becoming a motivational speaker on health and wellness and one of them was as a certified personal trainer. Too many unrealistic expectations are set if you don't understand the basic body type that you are born with. Here's a fun look at the Body Type Fruitbowl:
There are three basic body types. Most of us are actually a combination of at least two but with the following descriptions I'll bet you can figure out which one best describes you.
Are you a Banana? Are you an Apple? Or are you a Pear?
1. The Banana is an Ectomorph. This person is the long, lean, skinny one. You know, the one who can eat anything and not gain weight? We hate her. Long arms and legs. Cannot build muscle easily. Usually good at running and swimming. This body type has to be very careful about the quality of foods that they eat. Since they don't gain weight easily they can get away with lots of junk food and not show it (on the outside). But they can have unhealthy blood numbers and a high fat to muscle ratio because of sloppy eating and not enough strength training.
2. The Apple is a Mesomorph. This body type is perfectly proportioned and builds muscle very easily. The Mesomorph is the perfect Olympian, when in shape. When out of shape they put weight on around the midsection (thus the Apple comparison). But no matter what shape they are in you can always spot a "Meso" by their phenomenally shaped and muscular calves. I love to spot the old Mesomorphs walking the beach with their big bellys and crazy toned calves!
3. The Pear is the Endomorph. Usually women, this body type has narrow shoulders and wide hips. These people just look at food and gain weight! Not what we want by our modern standards but these were the women who survived cold winters and famine in the caveman days and had plenty of stores to keep their babies alive.
Can you find yourself here? Interesting, isn't it? The reason I describe these three basic shapes is to help you understand that your fitness goals can't be to turn your Pear shaped body into a Banana. It's not going to happen. But the good news is that you can enhance the shape you're in and bring it to a better balance with strength, cardio and flexibility training.
This should help everyone set more realistic fitness goals for 2014. Remember, if you're confused you can comment below and I'll be your online trainer to get you started!