What Body Type Are You?

Why is it important to even know your body type? Simply put, if you know your body type, it saves you valuable time and countless hours while exercising to achieve your aesthetic goals. In fact, our research and data suggests that working out based on your body type, is the single most-determining factor to improving your problem-areas. And, by not working out properly for your body type, our data also shows that it can actually make those stubborn areas look even worse.

Everyone has a particular body type or shape, which falls into one of Exude's four categories: Hourglass®, Spoon®, Ruler® or Cone®. These shapes are—for the most part—genetically predetermined. In order to achieve a leaner, more toned and better proportioned body you must recognize what you were born with and adjust your exercise plan accordingly. Generally, people fall into one of the above four categories.

Your body type has nothing to do with how tall, short, skinny or fat you are, and it has nothing to do with how much you weigh, which is affected by diet (how much and what you eat). Your body is shaped only by genetics, activity level, sports you might have played as a youth, and your current exercise routine. For instance, if you are a “Spoon" (bottom-heavy) and you weigh 150 pounds and you lose 15 pounds by dieting and exercise, unless you work out based on your body type, you'll weigh less, but your saddlebags and other problem areas will stubbornly remain. The good news is that both men and women can improve the way their bodies look by exercising based on their body type. So, rather than focusing on how much you weigh, channel your energy and efforts on making your body more balanced and proportionate. As long as you are in good physical condition and possess a healthy body ratio of lean muscle mass versus body fat, what you weigh becomes less of your focus.

It's important to note here that there are no “bad" exercises for any body type. Meaning, nothing bad safety-wise will happen to you if you perform any of the exercises not recommended for your body type. However, if you have a specific goal and aesthetic look and/or problem area or areas that you're seeking to improve, Exude has unequivocally proven through our science and patent that it is unattainable to do so without exercising precisely for your body type. In other words, you may receive the fitness and health benefits by exercising so, but you will not realize your specific and desired aesthetic rewards.

Whilst most women's bodies are Hourglass or Ruler shaped, most men fall into the Ruler or Cone category. And, no matter what your gender, if you are overweight by 25 pounds or more, it sometimes more difficult to determine your actual body type as you may be “caught" between body types. If so, follow the Hourglass routines because you will still bulk in any region of your body until you shed some weight and your true body type becomes more apparent. Exude's fitness program takes all the guesswork away for anyone who truly wants to escape their shape — because all of the body-type prescriptions are based on science and many years of trials.

You can learn more about exercising for your body type in Edward's third book entitled Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder

How to identify your shape


Do you tend to carry weight in both your upper and lower body, yet are more slender through the waist? Is there a significant difference between the circumference of your chest and your waist (or between your hips and your waist)? Does your body appear balanced and curvaceous when you look in the mirror? If so, you are an hourglass.

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Do you carry most of your weight in your hips, thigh, and buttocks? Are you more slender on the top? Do you tend to gain weight or carry extra weight from the hips down? Do your eyes go directly to the lower half of your body when you look in the mirror? If so, you are a spoon.

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Are you pretty much built straight up and down with very few curves? Is there little difference in the circumferences of your chest, waist, and hips? Do you tend to put on weight around your midsection? If so, you are a ruler.

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Do you tend to carry most of your weight in your back, chest, arms, and stomach? Are you more slender from the hips down? If so, you are a cone.

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