Sculpt your pear-shaped body

by SheKnows
Jan 20, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. ET
Kristin Davis of Sex and the City fame has a naturally pear-shaped figure. With wider hips, a narrow waist and a smaller upper body, she needs shoulder- and back-strengthening exercises to help even out her frame. Check out a few of our faves for sculpting a pear-shaped body.

1 /6: Assisted pull-up

1/6 :Assisted pull-up

Use a low bar or Lebert Equalizer to perform an assisted pull-up. This will strengthen your upper back and give your upper body a broader appearance. Start by hanging underneath the bar with your arms straight. Use your back muscles to pull yourself toward the bar. Steadily lower yourself back to start. Aim to perform 10 to 12 in a single set.

2 /6: Squat press

2/6 :Squat press

A squat press will tone your lower body while also strengthening your shoulders. Stand with a medicine ball in your hands in front of your chest, squat down and then stand up while pressing the medicine ball up above your head. Repeat 10 to 12 times.

3 /6: Mountain climbers

3/6 :Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers challenge your entire upper body while also increasing your heart rate and spurring calorie burn. Start in a push-up position, and bring one knee in toward your chest. Hop your feet back and forth as fast as you can. Aim to perform 30 to 60 seconds of mountain climbers in between each of the following exercises.

4 /6: Skull crushers on a stability ball

4/6 :Skull crushers on a stability ball

Performing skull crushers while balanced on a stability ball will tone your triceps while also challenging your core. Simply lie on a stability ball as though it was a bench with your arms extended straight over your chest and a dumbbell in each hand. Carefully lower the dumbbells toward your forehead while keeping your upper arms fixed in place. When your elbows form a 90-degree angle, reverse the movement and return to start. Aim to perform 10 to 12 repetitions.

5 /6: Side plank with hip adduction

5/6 :Side plank with hip adduction

This is a tough one! A side plank will challenge your hips, shoulders and core, but when you add an adduction, you'll also be trimming your inner thighs. Use a Lebert Equalizer or bench, and balance one leg on top of the tool with your body in a side plank position. Raise and lower your other leg while holding the plank. Aim to perform 10 to 12 on each side.

6 /6: Walking lunge with dumbbells overhead

6/6 :Walking lunge with dumbbells overhead

To keep your hips as tight and toned as possible, you want to perform exercises like walking lunges. You can strengthen your shoulders at the same time by holding dumbbells in a fixed position over your head as you walk. Aim to perform 10 to 12 lunges per side.