Transforming a Pear Shape

If the gym powers that be said, “thou shall only perform 5 exercises at the gym” which five would I choose? That’s a pretty easy question. I would have to choose the five that have helped me on my road to transform from t-rex to tigress. Although I am not a personal trainer,  I have been researching and working on this transformation for almost two years, so I think I am able to give suggestions for other t-rex’s out there on what has worked best for me to balance out a pear-shaped form. There is still much work to be done, but these are the moves that have served me well.

1. Pull-ups. Works lats, biceps and upper back in just one move. Gives the appearance of a broader back. Currently, my pull-ups are still assisted.

-3-42. Over-head Arnold press. A t-rex’s worst nightmare, but I must give a lot of credit to the Arnold press to help bulk my shoulders, and is one of the best exercises to balance out the body. If an exercise is named after this man, it must be good.


3. Bench press. Works not just to give me a broader, stronger chest, but also my triceps as a secondary muscle.

-10-74. Push ups. What can I say? Necessary to defeat those scrawny t-rex arms. Works the entire upper body. Before you can perform a proper push-up, you must have a strong core to ensure proper form.

-5-65.  Squats. My favorite lower body sculptor and shaper to tighten and firm the lower body, especially the thighs and glutes.


As for cardio, I came to discover that too much was not a good thing. I used to do cardio about 4 to 5 times per week, but this proved to be counter-productive. Any muscle definition I amassed was eaten away by all the high intensity cardio sessions I was doing way too much of. Now I keep my cardio to a minimum of two sessions of intense cardio per week. This may include, running with sprints, spin class, tabata, Insanity or Zumba.

Uh-oh. We have some visitors………

IMG_0641T-Rex: I could out run you and gobble you up, Tigress!

Tigress: Who cares! Your arms are the size of match sticks. Hahaaaaaaa!

Me: Okay, guys. Let’s not fight. You both are beautiful in your own special way.

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*Do not attempt any exercise program without first consulting with a certified personal trainer and your medical doctor. Safety and health limitations must always be considered first.*

20 thoughts on “Transforming a Pear Shape

  1. You burn more calories for longer after lifting too. Love the post – one day I will DO PULL-UPS!

  2. Great strengthening exercise choices – some of my favourites also. It’s amazing how quickly weights can transform those of us afflicted with t-rex syndrome.

  3. I love all of these exercises too! They’re some of my favs. I’m a huge fan of pushups and I can’t wait to work on my pullups again after baby is here. I can’t imagine ever being able to do them unassisted, but I can’t wait to try!

    1. Thanks! Push ups have been so hard. I wanted to do a happy dance when I could do my first man push up. Unassisted pull-ups are very challenging, but I think with consistency it can happen. Good luck 🙂

  4. Gotta love the basics, they never go outta style. Awesome picture of the “visitors”. shhhh dont tell….Trex shadow on wall, pfft….its not so big and scary….(take note tigress, wink + nudge )…you got this 😉

  5. I’m definitely with you on the squats, push-ups, and Arnold press. Pull ups are super important but I’m still not a huge fan, mine are still assisted too…but hopefully not for too much longer! Good luck with your bulking 🙂

  6. I would definitely pick most of the same exercises if I was limited only to 5! The only thing I would add to my list would be deadlifts since I need help building a booty lol

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