'The List': Expert says secret to weight loss lies in body types

The secret to weight loss might be staring back at you in the mirror. A new trend suggests women work out based on the shape of their body.

The list includes athletic, curvy and pear, among others.

Shapes are fun and games when we're kids, but it's a different story as adults. For women, there are five common body shapes.

"Who knows, there might be more," said Fredina Usher-Weems, fitness expert from the Cleveland Clinic.

Usher-Weems suggests tailoring your workout to match your body type. Here are tips for three common body shapes.


"That means most of the weight goes below the belly button," said Usher-Weems.

Pears should focus on upper body work: pec flies, bicep and tricep curls and low-impact cardio.


"That's where most of your weight goes into your abdominals," said Usher-Weems.

Back flies, diamond shaped squats and lateral raises are good for Apple-shaped women, along with a focus on your abs.

"Basic crunches on the floor, whether you're in a seat, or standing, you want to make sure you get some type of abdominal work in," said Usher-Weems.


"That person looks like an hour glass," said Usher-Weems.

Curve-shaped women need to focus on shoulders and thighs to keep weight off those areas.

"They need to make sure they do a total body workout." added Usher-Weems.

Developing a fitness routine based on body type might be beneficial for some, but not all fitness experts are on board with the idea.

"It's got nothing to do with your body type," said Floyd Collins.

Collins, a fitness expert with 25-years of experience, says if an "Apple" or "Curvy" woman wanted the same result in the gym, their exercises would be the same.

"As people, we like to fall into categories sometimes, and it does that, but I don't think it does that accurately," added Collins.

Usher-Weems stands by her claim, holding that shape-specific exercise routines do pay off.

"If you do those exercises, along with eating right, and sleeping, yes -- you will see a change," she said.

Watch The List on ABC15 weekdays at 4:30 p.m.

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