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  • Body Type Guidelines & Where, How to Measure

    Originally posted by Annette 01-18-2002, 11:08 PM

    This question comes up often as in one of the posts below. It can be difficult to figure out at first, but once learned, if you're like me, you'll find yourself "checking" people out for their body type all the time.

    Hope this answers your questions.

    BODY TYPES

    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 “wiener roll” right below the belly button.
    - Tendency towards a “FULL” “ROUND” to bubble butt.


    COMBO’S are known as “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 bun, there is often a “small bun” (not literally, but in appearance) before the main one (kinda hard to describe).

    Now 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 (on the side of you body) to the very top of your hip bone.

    - Knee to Ankle – pretty much as it states; 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), that is you top measuring point. So, on the side of your body starting from knee up to this point is your KTH measurement.

    - The combo “weiner roll” – Stand up, KLT and tuck. Grab hold right below the belly button – this is a stubborn roll for combo bodies. Dawn, T-Tapp Trainer who is a combo body, is INCREDIBLY fit and VERY thin, yet last we met she still had this (of course she had to grab hold of it in order for you to see it) I’m sure she’s gotten rid of it by now, but it is a tough area to get rid of for combo’s.

    Me? I’m a perfect combo and YES I have the tendencies to “accumulate” all of the ill effects from BOTH ST and LT bodies. On a more positive note for Combo bodies though, when fit, they are very well balanced in proportion of body measurements.




    Annette
    T-Tapp Trainer in Training - IOWA
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