Teresa Tapp has an excellent classification for body types. When I read this, it was a true ‘a-ha’ moment. No longer was I going to fret about my shape and my energy was then better directed at something I could change. Like my fitness.
Fat distribution falls according to body type and it is impossible for us to look like another. According to Teresa, models are combos so with that information those of us who are not can stop trying to look like Giselle or Heidi. It just ain’t going to happen. Read on, and the scales will drop from your eyes…
This information was taken from the T-Tapp website. More information can be found on the Total Workout DVD.
LONG TORSO/SHORT LEG (LT/SL)
- 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 when thin)
- Generally maintains a “flat” lower tummy.
- Tendency toward “bubble” butt (that seems to hang low)
SHORT TORSO/LONG LEG (ST/LG)
- 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 to) 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
- 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.
- 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 “third 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 (it’s kind of hard to describe).
- 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.
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