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    BODY TYPES

    Knowing your body type with relation to bone structure can be very helpful when it comes to everything from exercise performance to flexibility, where we tend to store bodyfat, and how clothing fits. Teresa Tapp devised these general categories as a result of 20 years of experience while working with models as well as fitness clients. Take a look and see where your physique is described.

    LONG TORSO –– SHORT LEG
    - Distance from “last” rib to top of hip bone (iliac crest) is 4” or greater.
    - Length from Knee to Ankle is less than the length from Knee to Hip.
    - Battle saddle bags (even while thin).
    - Generally maintains a “flat” lower tummy.
    - Tendency toward “bubble butt” (that seems to hang low).

    SHORT TORSO –– LONG LEG
    - Distance from “last” rib to top of hip bone (iliac crest) is 2” or less.
    - Length from Knee to Ankle is greater than (or can be equal) the length of Knee to Hip.
    - Does not tend to have saddle bags, but can tend to gain on inner thigh.
    - Has difficulty maintaining a “flat” lower tummy.
    - Generally has a “flat” butt.

    COMBO BODY
    - Distance from “last” rib to top of hip bone (iliac crest) is 2 - 2 1/2” to 4”.
    - Length of Knee to Ankle is equal to the length of Knee to Hip (KTA could also be
    slightly less that KTH)
    - Tends to put on saddle bags AND inner thighs
    - Can obtain a flat lower tummy, but not as easy as LT/SL AND even when the
    lower tummy is flat, tends to have a small roll of fat right below the belly button.
    - Tendency towards a “full” “round” to bubble butt.

    COMBOs (aka “BUTT AND GUT”).
    Combos tend to “bubble up” in the butt, and in the gut when putting on weight. Combos will combine the ill effects of both the LT/SL and ST/LG when putting on weight, meaning combos can put on saddle bags, inner thighs, bubble butt and gut. Combos can also have what is known as a “3rd butt”, meaning where the back of your thigh meets the hip, there is often a “small bun” (not literally, but in appearance) secondary to the primary.

    A COMBO body can be a “PERFECT” combo (guidelines above) or can be a combo leading toward LT, or a combo leading towards ST. If the distance between your rib
    to hip bone is closer to 4” and the length of your KTA is less than the length of your KTH, you could be a combo with LT tendencies. If the distance between your
    rib to hip bone is closer to 2”, and your KTA length is greater than your KTH length, you could be a combo with ST tendencies.

    How / Where do you measure?

    - Rib to Hip –– measure from the very last rib (below the breast area, find the last rib and measure down) to the very top of your hip bone.
    - Knee to Ankle –– from your “ankle” bone, up the side of your leg to knee.
    - Knee to Hip –– this ones a little tricky to find your top measuring point. Do this: Stand up, and do a side leg lift. Now from the point on your side where your leg lifts from the side of your body (hip) is your top measuring point; this is actually where the leg joins the hip. Thus, the side of your body starting from knee up to this point is your KTH measurement.
    Last edited by Forum Angel; 03-14-2017, 08:31 AM.
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