dedicated fitness regime can tighten those abs, tone your legs and
give you sculpted arms. But thereís one thing it canít do: Give
you the body you werenít naturally meant to have.
out can definitely define your body," says Anne Barber, fitness
coordinator at West Wood Health and Fitness in Pewaukee. "But can
you redesign your body? Definitely not."
A good first
step is to start with a trainer who can offer a thorough fitness
"We do an
extensive number of body measurements at our very first meeting,"
she says. "That helps us set some realistic goals. It can be hard
when someone comes in with a photo and says, ĎThatís what I want
to look like.í If itís not your body type, odds are we wonít be
able to achieve it."
That dose of
reality is important, agrees Mike Lederer, director of Fitness
Recruiting/Training at the Wisconsin Athletic Clubís North Shore
so many different body types out there," he says. "If a
client doesnít recognize his or her body type, than it is up to us
as trainers to set some realistic goals based on that type."
In fact, your
bodyís natural structure often is a good place to start in deciding
the most effective total workout. "People who tend to put on
muscle really easily generally do better with higher-paced workouts
with higher-rep sets than trying to use heavier weights," says
Barber. "You can then mix in interval training to consistently
lean people who are seeking to build muscle mass will want to try the
case, we will typically suggest heavier weights with lower
repetitions," she says.
is also a factor in performing the right kind of workout for your body
type, and whether or not youíre training is aerobic or anaerobic.
kettlebells ó which are a very old school style of training ó is a
very anaerobic approach, so itís intense," says Lederer, as an
example. "But for someone who is looking for moderate intensity,
including some treadmill work will be helpful."
your body type means improving on what nature and genetics have given
have areas of our bodies we donít like," says Barber. "If
you have heavier legs, we probably wonít be able to change that, but
with the right workout, we can help you make them more defined and
leaner. And on top of that, you can also improve on the parts of your
body that you really do like and make them even better."