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I have a pear-shaped body.  I wear a size small up top and a large on bottom.  And when I lose weight more comes off on top than on the bottom.  (I've been checking inches since I started dieting.) My legs are really strong now and they have a tendency to bulk up with exercise, which I really don't want any more of.  

Right now my exercise involves a lot of walking (to and from classes on campus), I also do laundry and light cleaning.  Exercise in the past that related to the bulk up was going to the gym for an hour and a half 4 days a week doing eliptical, bicycle, weights and the occasional stairmaster.  I have trouble running due to ankle problems (and also I've never really enjoyed running Tongue out.)  

I was hoping to find out if there were any exercises that I could do that would help balance my weight loss (even if it is running *sigh*)  Or if maybe, once I get down to a certain weight different areas will give it up easier.  I'm down 50 lbs so far, got just about as many to go.

I haven't really seen anything on this topic, feel free to link me if I missed something.

Thanks. 

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I just recently read somewhere (can't remember where) that it is typical of pear body shapes, which women often are, to lose weight off the top first.  Losing weight won't make your pear shape go away, just make it smaller and even it up a little.

If you want your legs to be slimmer, not muscular, I think you need to do lots of fat burning exercises, as opposed to muscle building.  I'm not sure what aerobic type exercises will burn fat without working on your thighs, though.  Maybe Google "slim thighs exercises" and see what you get!
hey there, the only exercise i know slims your legs for sure is dancing...not hiphop either more like tango, and other ballroom dancing stuff, and ballet too. The reason why is that dancing elongates your muscles instead of making them short and thick like wieght lifting does. Power Yoga might also do the trick.
I am also pear shape and I have the same problem as you. I discover that I can't do a lot of weights training because I build muscles very fast in my legs and I don't want to increase the size of my legs. Right now I am doing a lot of cardio, lunges and squats. I would use weights, but only ten pounds weights. I think walking is the best thing to do. I am waiting for the weather to clear up and I will get back into my walking routine. People that are pear shape has to be VERY persistent. I do weight training 2 X's a week.

Good luck with your goals..

im in the exact same boat as you. i wear an extra small top and size 6 jeans :-\

tho i love running and started going 5-6 times a week running 2+ miles. my fantastic pear shape hasnt gone away [insert tons of sarcasm], though i have shrunken my big hips and rear.

a pear shaped friend of mine has said that Yoga Booty Ballet did it for her...so what ever you're into i guess :-\

"The reason why is that dancing elongates your muscles instead of making them short and thick like wieght lifting does. Power Yoga might also do the trick. "

 

Umm, how exactly does one exercise make your muscles longer and another exercise make them shorter? for example, your quads run from your hip to your knee the only way to make them longer is to get taller.

 

The best way to loose fat is to increase your muscle mass, the most efficient way to do this is to do compound exercises that work large muscle group, for example squats, deadlifts, rows, benchpress...

pilates is the best for toning. that's why alot of dancers(like myself), do pilates. because it creates lean, elongates muscles while burning fat so that the muscles don't bulk up.

Umm, how exactly does one exercise make your muscles longer and another exercise make them shorter? for example, your quads run from your hip to your knee the only way to make them longer is to get taller.

I recently had a training thing at the gym and I asked the same thing.  How it was explained to me is that the difference is in the motions.  You basically train your muscle in different ways to shape and look a certain way.  By doing shorter and less range of motion lifting, you don't get the same leaning benifits of pilates or yoga.

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"The best way to loose fat is to increase your muscle mass, the most efficient way to do this is to do compound exercises that work large muscle group, for example squats, deadlifts, rows, benchpress..."

See, the thing I'm really worried about is bulking up my leg muscles more than they already are.  I did a lot of leg presses in high school because they were relatively easy and my legs got very thick as a result.  Tongue out 

Pilates seems to be a somewhat general consensus.  Should I start out at home or in a class?  

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Pilates seems to be a somewhat general consensus. Should I start out at home or in a class? 

 i suggest a class, cause the teacher can tell you if you are doing it right(i usually do new moves wrong at first, lol), & push you harder than you might at home.

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i have the same problem, i am small on the top but size 8 on the bottom. i have researched this issue and i learned that often, pear shapes like myself have a bone frame where hips are bigger, and may also have a lot of muscle mass on the but and theighs. and the annoying part is, fat cells on the theighs are the hardest type to get rid of, whereas fat cells on the stomach and upper body are the first to go. ive tried everything and the only thing that worked was last spring, when i dropped a ton of weight, i was persistant with cardio AND weight training. just use light weights but more repetitions. my gym teacher also told me that would help.
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