The Endomorph or Pear

The pear-or endomorph-comprises the body type characterized by a smaller upper body and more curves or body fat around the hips and upper thighs.  The endomorph usually has strong legs and a smaller, less muscular upper body.  You will find that most women and some men fall into this body type.  While endomorphs may have a more difficult time losing fat, even in the most extreme cases, they can be as fit as other body types.

For endomorphs, who usually carry extra fat around the lower abdomen, hips and thighs, the key is to start with a program that burns calories instead of focussing on strength training.  The extra weight they carry can cause increased pressure on lower joints, such as the knees, hips and feet.  It is for this reasont that it is so important for endomorphs, at first, to avoid engaging in exercises that can add stress to these areas.

This means trading in high-impact exercises like tennis, jumping rope or other activities that involve intense and repetitive movements, for low-impact cardio  workouts like walking or biking. Lightweight training is also important to increase mid and upper back strength.