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Body Shape – What’s Your Shape?

Your body shape is based upon the size of your physical features and the overall balance of your body. These four shapes are spoon, cone, ruler and hourglass and describe skeletal structure. While there is no universal definition for each body shape, in terms of concrete numbers/ vital statistics, understanding the overall balance of your body (top heavy, bottom heavy, or balanced) can help you determine which areas of your body you need to target with resistance training to improve the overall balance of your body. For example, pear-shapes are bottom heavy, having a smaller upper body compared to their lower body. Pear shapes can boast amazing abs, but tend to struggle with larger thighs. Once pear shapes have lost weight, resistance training targeting the upper body will help balance body shape. Cone/ apple shapes are top heavy, having a bigger upper body compared to their lower body. Therefore apple shapes have amazing legs, but struggle with belly fat.

Don’t forget to read about your body type.

Ruler Body Shape (Rectangle/ Banana Shape)

  • Tend to be waif-like and slim.
  • Shoulders, hips, waist almost same size.
  • Very little indentation at waist.
  • Tend to put on weight in stomach and bottom, while maintaining slender arms and legs. Usually are ectomorphs.
  • E.g. 34-30-35, 36-33-37, 40-36-42.

Hourglass Body Shape

  • Well-proportioned upper and lower body.
  • Shoulders and hips (almost) same size
  • Dramatic indentation (> 6″ -  some sources stipulate an indentation greater than 8″, other 9″ and some sources even 10″) at waistline.
  • Tend to gain weight all over your body, especially hip and chest area.
  • Tend to be endomorphs or mesomorphs.
  • Strictly female shape.
  • E.g. 32-26-33, 33-27-35, 36-30-38.

Spoon Body Shape (Pear Shape)

  • Larger lower bodies and smaller upper bodies.
  • Shoulders narrower than hips (commonly found in women).
  • Tend to gain weight below your waist.
  • Small chests and flat stomachs, great abs.
  • Usually are mesomorphs.
  • E.g. 32-28-39, 34-30-38, 36-30-44

Cone Body Shape (Apple Shape)

  • Wider shoulders than hips (usually found in men).
  • Bigger on the top half of their bodies than on the bottom half.
  • Slim hips and legs
  • Large chest and stomach.
  • Tend to gain weight above the waist or bottom.
  • Usually are mesomorphs or endomorphs.
  • E.g. 40-36-33, 36-32-30, 34-30-29

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57 comments

  1. They forgot upside down triangle, or strawberry (or cone). My measurements read 34-26-39, which looks like I should be a pear…however my shoulders are very broad, they appear wider than my hips in silhouette! That-I believe- has no classification!

  2. which equipment that can i use to exercise to get a smaller thigh?because m pear shape

  3. Hmm…Im 34-26.5 36.5….I wonder what that would be.

  4. em’ 32-26-36.. i don’t know what i would be.. reply

  5. stupse, all ya trying to get flattery or what, or people with those figures cant read and understand, which is it

  6. I’m 33-27-33.5. So what body shape do I have?

  7. How do you do the measurements? I’m new to this and was wondering how exactly do you get those three measurements to determine your body shape? Help?

    • Hi Lucy,
      Check out this page on how to take your body measurements, which explains where to take your measurements. The measurements you need to determine your body shape are bust, waist and hips. These numbers traditionally are then written in the following sequence bust-waist-hips, e.g. 35-29-35, which would mean 35 inch bust, 29 inch waist and 35 inch hips.

  8. Hi, please tell me what’s my body shape? I am 4’11, my body measurements is 38-33-41.

  9. Okay! Thank you :)

  10. Oh..thank you! All along I thought I was a pear shape :-)

  11. So I have always known I have an hour glass figure. My husband is very adamant that I am a pear. Even though I took my measurements in front of him. Explained how it is calculated but he argues that my shoulders are too narrow and that my breast size does not matter. I have always been very small boned and have very slender shoulders but they really are not much more narrow than my hips. I have seen some places where it comments on shoulders being part of your body shape on some of the body shapes. But in general I always figured if your breast and hips measurements are fairly close with a very narrow waist that is a hour glass. Also everything I have ready describes pears as typically having a small chest I wear a D cup, I don’t think this would be considered “small”. Any comments to help with this dispute. I am a healthy weight and do not mind too much which shape I am. But find it frustrating that my husband listens to some radio show that described body shapes one day and now he thinks he is an expert! Grrrrr! I know he of anyone would know my body almost as well as I do, but I would think I know my self best, well maybe…
    Thanks

    • Hi Naomi,
      I know what you mean – and also where your husband is coming from. Shoulders do exaggerate a body shape, think of Halle Berry with those wide straight shoulders. They make her waist look even smaller. But generally body shape is determined by bust, waist and hip measurements. It’s also why some women are hourglass or pear shape, but don’t “look it”, as they appear to have very little hips – it’s because they have a shapely derrière.
      Also, there are hourglass shapes like Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Anita Ekberg and Diana Dors (seriously hourglass) and then there are hourglass shapes like the Original Supermodels (Cindy Crawford et al), who are small-boned and tall, making their hourglass shape more subtle. The point is they’re all hourglasseses, just like there are tall people and very tall people. Your husband probably thinks of the Marilyn Monroe body shape as the “true hourglass”. But to have that exaggerated hourglass shape you have to be shorter and have an endomorphic body type. See these examples of endomorphic hourglasses and here for female ectomorphs who are small-boned and have more subtle body shapes. Here’s hoping you win this argument! :)

  12. I am trying to find out my “shape” too…

    I am 5’6.5 or 168.91 cm. My Body Measurements are 31DD-28-35

    I have normal shoulders, and very thin arms, with muscular legs….I think that I am just straight up and down.

  13. hey my bwh is 36 32 41..plz let mi kw my body shape…and whtr its is ok or i need to take efforts to get ideal figur

    • Hi Sandhya,
      You sound as though you’re pear-shape. Every body shape is beautiful. It just helps to know what you are when you make a workout plan. For example, pear shapes will want to avoid lower-body strength training exercises such as lunges and squats, as they build muscle in the legs, making the lower body bigger, and focus more on upper body exercises to balance body shape more.

  14. hi please help me I’m 41-32-40 i don’t know what am i.

  15. Im 5’2 38-34-44 what am I considered? My husband says im more pear than hourglass

  16. My measurements are (roughly): 40-32-42. I’m just over 5’6″, a bit shy of 5’7″. I’ve always been told by friends that I’m an apple shape since I have a wide chest, large breasts, and big upper arms. I’ve sort of programmed myself to believe this, despite the fact that I also have a defined waist and saddle bags on my hips. Yet, my measurements indicate I’m closer to an hour glass? Having a hard time figuring this out.

  17. I know this is kinda late but I’m 5’11 36-29-40 33inch inseam. can you tell me what my body shape I am? thank you.

  18. These measurements are not right. To be an hourglass your waist-bust difference has to be 9″ or more

  19. Yes the measurements for hourglass are way off more like ruler shape theres no real waist in any of those measurements! i am a hourglass i have 42 in bust 28in waist 41in hips there really needs to be 9in or more difference to bust and hips and only the bust can be slightly larger than hips.
    Why write a page on figures if your clueless!

  20. ^yes the measurements are completely off mainly for hourglass shape there needs to be over 9in difference to give a dramatic waist the measurements you have are mostly bananas because theres not enough waist definition to be hourglasses. Also only the bust can be slightly bigger as proportionaly it looks smaller even with the same measurement the ideal is it must look balanced and go in at the waist. Women normally know if they are an hourglass because from the front the figure will go out at the bust the waist wont be | |(even if its small compared to bust and hips but will cinch in so will actually look like an hourglass >< with round hips and butt
    eg hourglass measurements: 42-28-41(mine:P) , 36-24-35, 35-25-35 etc…

  21. Yeah, I’m all over the place, too. I’m 41-29.5-39.5 and while that seems to be “top hourglass” by many sites, I’m also an athlete with large shoulders and a large muscular build. It’s really hard to classify anyone as someone always gets left out.

  22. Interesting.

    I’m 32 – 26.5 – 35…what would I be considered ?

  23. Im 36 29 40 but have quite broad shoulders and a 32D cup size am I a pear or an hourglass? ?

  24. My shoulders n hips r about the same size but looking at my measurements i seems to have a pear shape. My measurements r 36-29-40. I dont have a flat stomach or abs like said above for pear. Im 5’6..so what shape am i really?

  25. Ok, I am a 36-32-38…but I have SMALL breasts (A-cup)…and I have thicker upper arms…what shape am I?

    • You’re in the “ruler” classification. Look at the sample measurements given for that body shape and you’ll note that the difference between measurements is about 4″ to 6″, which is exactly where you fall. You’re not necessarily going to match the description of your associated body type classification in every respect. The categories are great for helping individuals identifying their body type, but they certainly come with a caveat–we simply cannot obtain a system with a reasonable number of groupings that will be infallible (ie. universally applicable). Just something to think about when you’re trying to see how you weigh in on a scale designed for the use of such a diverse audience.

  26. Hi,Im confused with my measurements. I have 35-28-38 ratio.please help me to find out my body type and suggest proper workout if needed. :)

  27. n what about me..am 34_25_39

  28. I am short with 4’11 height.. and not too skinny type body.. idk how much exercise would i do for this =.=

  29. Something that always annoys me with most sites that discuss body shapes is their default position that if you have a small waist and wide hips but your bust measurement is smaller than your hips by more than 1-2 inches you must be a pear. Not necessarily. Remember, to be a pear shape you have narrower shoulders than your hips. I’m 36-27-40. But my shoulders are 37 inches.
    So many of us a confused about how to classify our body shape. Here’s a thought, maybe it’s because 4 body shapes just don’t cover all of our different body types? People might say that you should just be happy with your body shape and not worry about classifying it. Who are they kidding, we’re women. Of course we want to know!
    I’m not sure if you have ever heard of Trinny and Susannah, they came up with 12 different body shapes. They still don’t cover everyone but I suggest you look them up if you are like me and just don’t fit into any of the above categories.

  30. I’m 32-23-32 .. am I an hourglass ?

  31. hi there,
    I’m 5’7”, my vital stats are 36-30-38. as per this article i’ve an hourglass figure. but still some ppl think i should loose weight. what do u guys think? i’m gonna apply for cabin crew in an airline , n my peers are saying that i dnt have a chance coz i’m fat. do u think its true? i would appreciate your comments..
    Thanks…

  32. I’m a 34-26-35 what would that be considered?

  33. My measurements are 37-28-36, what body type do I have?

  34. So what’s the best kind of workout for an hourglass shaped ectomorph? Should I still follow the ectomorph workout? Because other than my hourglass shape, I completely fit the ectomorph description.

  35. I’ve been trying to figure out what my body shape is forever. I’m petite (5’1) and have a small frame and broad shoulders. My measurements are 34-26.5-36. I’ve gone to various websites, and have entered my measurements, but different websites have given me differing results. I’ve gotten the results of pear,hourglass, ruler, and apple because of my shoulders…weird.

  36. I’ve been trying to figure out what my body shape is forever. I’m petite (5’1) and have a small frame and broad shoulders. My measurements are 34-26.5-36. I’ve gone to various websites, and have entered my measurements, but different websites have given me differing results. I’m quite small (110 lbs) so maybe toning up or gaining weight will better give me a visualization of what I am. I’d like to get up to 120.

  37. My measurements are 36-29-42. what shape am I?

  38. My measurements are 38-35-39 , could u plse tell me what body shape I am . Thankyou

  39. hi :)
    I’m 5’8”,my measuerments are 34-25-36 , i don’t know what am can you please tell me what i am :)
    Thanks :)

  40. Can someone help me? I think I’m hourglass but the thing is my shoulders are too wide! These are my measurements in centimetres: bust 33, waist 26, hip 36. But my shoulders are 37.5. What would I be considered and thank you.

  41. Can someone help me? I think I’m hourglass but the thing is my shoulders are too wide! These are my measurements in centimetres: bust 33, waist 26, hip 36. But my shoulders are 37.5. What would I be considered and thank you. If you need my height it’s 162 cm, and my frame is small according to my wrist size and height.

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