Becoming Wonder Woman
Becoming Wonder Woman
The general shape to shoot for is a relatively slim waist offset by larger hips and butt, the classic hourglass shape.
Using the strength through length program and following our basic dietary guidelines, you’ll move toward this shape month by month. You’ll also tone your upper body and improve mobility since those two aspects are included in the program as well.
So rather than worry so much about your weight alone, we want to MEASURE your shape. So if you have not done so, follow the article linked below to take to your initial measurements
After recording your measurements, reference the following for goals to shoot for.
Waist: The first benchmark is to be under 50% of your height. To take it to the next level, aim for about 45%. There is such a thing as TOO THIN, so if your waist to height ratio is under 40%, you can certainly allow your waist to grow as you work on getting stronger.
Hips: Take your waist, and divide by .7, or the Venus Ratio. Assuming your waist is in line with the guidelines above, you want to be as close to .7 as possible. If you are below, even better. If you are above it, some combination of waist slimming and glute building is needed.
For your typical 5’5 girl, that produces these measurements:
- Waist: 29 inches (about 45% of height)
- Hips: 41.5 (about waist / 0.7)
Remember that these are just guidelines and ways to actually track that shape that you’re in.
As far as bodyweight goes, the main point to mention is that you don’t need to be as light as you think. In fact, many women will need to bulk up their glutes/hips in order to achieve a proportional hip measurement. For our 5’5 girl, anywhere between 125-145 with a body fat percentage between 19-24% is a reasonable and healthy weight to both achieve and maintain. That said, the key point is the measurements/proportions, not just the weight on the scale.
Remember, these goals are “ideal” and will not naturally be found in the majority of women. It takes sustained effort to shape one’s body this way. Running and practicing yoga are excellent activities, but they are not enough to actually change your body in a way that produces that hourglass shape that is so coveted.
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