The next step in my “how to get hourglass shape” guide is using your muscles and working on that back.
Now, I hope I don’t have to explain why you don’t need to be afraid of lifting weights, however, I’ll tell you one thing:
As you lift weights your body will start getting toned and every single part of it will start taking a nice curvy shape, that you are going to love.
The thing is, as you work out, your muscles can do two things: get bigger or get smaller.
And when you lift weights your muscles will most certainly grow.
This means your waist won’t get any smaller by training abs, therefore you can and should train abs especially your obliques without using weights.
On the other hand, you can work harder on your lower and upper body, meaning lifting heavy weights when working your legs and booty, but also your back.
Why your back?
Well, the idea in the hourglass figure is to build up a wider back, so that you get that reverse triangle in your upper body, a tiny waist in the middle, and then another triangle from the waist down.
And you can achieve that by working on building a stronger and wider back.
Here’s how you can do that:
Work your whole body, part by part, shaping muscle by muscle.
You have to realize that your body won’t change if you don’t push it out of its comfort zone, and that’s the main reason why weights work so good in body transformations.
5. Don’t Forget About Cardio
Now, in order to maximize the fat burn, we’ll have to do a bit more than eating healthy and lifting weights.
Yes, our body burns fat while lifting weights but it still requires a little bit of cardio in order to maximize the results.
Especially when it comes to the fat wrapped around our belly section, which is stubborn as hell.
And since we want to get smaller waist we should do cardio too.
This doesn’t mean you have to start doing cardio like crazy, in fact you won’t get the desired results by spending hours on a cardio machine.
What you need is High Intensity Interval Cardio Workout, aka HIIT.
HIIT is an amazing way to burn the fat off your body, without tapping into the lean muscle.
Plus, these kinds of workouts will help you lose the excess fat faster, especially the stubborn one around your waist, and they will give you far better results in a significantly shorter amount of time.
Also, it’s still important to train your abs and keep a strong core, because it will help you perform better in almost all exercises.
However, you have to understand that when it comes to getting smaller waist cardio is far more important.
So, include ABS workouts to tone your abs, but don’t skip the cardio part :)
Apart from eating healthy and following the Radiate Program, HIIT workout with lots of heavyweights got me a step closer to my dream hourglass body shape.
6. Avoid Heavy Weighted Oblique Abs Exercises
There is no such thing as a bad exercise!
However, there are certain exercises that can get you to a change you might not like, especially if you work on how to get an hourglass shape.
With that being said, you want to avoid exercises that might harm your glass hour figure.
What are those exercises?
Weighted standing, seated and lying side bends that specifically target the external oblique muscles, which run lengthwise down your sides.
These exercises are not necessarily beneficial for strengthening the midsection and they may add width to your sides. Instead, try rotational exercises that engage all the muscles of the abdomen to help keep your waist tiny. – Dr. Len Kravitz
And he is absolutely right: these kinds of exercises strengthen your side AB muscles and that way your core might get wider, or get the illusion that you have a wider waist.
As I said before, when it comes to exercising, your muscles can either grow or slim down.
And the waist part is the one we want to keep smaller, not bigger.
Although this can happen only if you have a shape that doesn’t have that much of a waist anyway, I’d avoid these exercises just in case.
If you are looking for a quality abs workout, you can check out my 10 min, at home, ABS workout to work those abs while burning fat:
7. Start Loving Yourself More
And the last thing you should do to get an hourglass body shape is self-love!
That’s right! And READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY because this is one of the most important things when it comes to getting the body of your dreams.
Even if you do all of these things you may still not get an hourglass body shape.
But you know what? That’s totally okay.
We are all made differently and that’s the beauty of it.
We shouldn’t obsess with society’s beauty standards and one really good reason for that is Photoshop.
It seems like we are letting photoshop set the beauty standards for us, and this has to stop!
Thank God for the honest fitspo girls, that work freaking hard to let us know how Social media really works.
I talk all about this in my video ‘Why You Will Never Look Like a Fitness Influencer’…
You just have to check it out!
But here are some examples I talk about in my video…
Let’s take Imre Çeçen as an example, an Instagram fitspo who is not afraid to share posts like this:
She often shows how easy it is to spice things a bit and get a totally different look.
PLEASE DO NOT GET ME WRONG – I’m not denying that glass hour figure exists because it does.
It’s just so sad that nowadays Photoshop and plastic surgery tend to set up the rules of how we should look, and we have to stop it.
Also, let’s not forget the power of social media, which gets us craving for our favorite fitspo body.
But you know what? Posing makes your fitspo look so freaking good. Here’s Jelly Devote showing us how posing can work.
She is fit, she is sexy and yes she has that hourglass body shape, but she’s far from perfect.
Things are not always what they look like, and I just want you to know that.
Nobody’s perfect, some are just better at hiding it than others, and you shouldn’t let society make you think you’re not worth it, because you totally are!
And you should think about this next time you feel bad about yourself when you’re standing in front of that mirror – YOU ARE YOU AND THAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER!
Now It’s Your Turn To Rock Your Hourglass Body Shape!
You got every single detail you need to know in order to get that glass hour figure. You just need to go for it!
Take an action, start eating healthy TODAY, exercise daily, set up lots of healthy habits, and don’t forget to love yourself!
That’s the only way to get your dream body, get healthy, fit and happy.
Make the best version of yourself and remember to focus on being your own beautiful, instead of chasing someone else’s body shape.
Love and hugs to all of you babes! Till next time, xo Monica
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