Overall, the skeletal framework of the Combination Body Type is very balanced, but this body type can also lean towards being a Short or Long Torso. The differences are less dramatic, yet they definitely change target areas of concern for weight gain.
Shannon, whose body type is a Combination/Borderline Long Torso, will share some of the same body shape concerns that my body does (Long Torso/Short Leg), in addition to regular areas of concern that the Combination Body Types have.
When you take a close look at our side-by-side photos (figure4), you can easily see the differences.
Although our knee-to-ankle distance is nearly the same, the length of my spine (including my neck) is much longer and I have three inches more space between my rib-to-hip (figure 5).
This is why Shannon’s waistline will always be one or two inches thicker than mine. Her body type tends to evenly store fat along the base of her butt and on her upper thighs, whereas my body type tends to accumulate more fat only on the outer thigh or saddlebag area. Look again and compare details like muscle tone, skin tone and overall body shape. The fact that Shannon is 20 years younger not only shows how effective T-Tapp is at body sculpting for all ages, it also shows how effective T-Tapp is as an anti-aging workout!
Let’s take a look how body types differ in regards to proportion. Genevieve and Casey are both 5-foot-9, but it’s easy to see that their body shapes are totally different and slightly disproportionate (figure 6).
That’s because Genevieve’s body type, the Short Torso/Long Leg, tends to have narrow hips and a full bust whereas Casey’s body type, the Long Torso/Short Leg, tends to have full hips and a smaller bust. The difference in proportion averages one or two inches, but both of these body types can easily become more disproportionate with time or with weight gain. Extra pounds on the Combination Body Type tend to be more evenly distributed so it’s easier for them to maintain overall proportion.
The Combination Body Types tend to accumulate fat just below the belly button and on their upper arms. It’s important to focus on putting your own body into proportion and being the best that it can be rather than trying to look like someone you might admire, but whose body type may be completely different from yours.
The bottom line is that we all have something about our bodies we may or may not love, but it’s a part of who we are. Instead of focusing on negatives, play up your positives and learn how to wear fashion that complements your body. Then use T-Tapp to maintain a body that is sculpted and more proportionate without any resemblance to a fruit. It’s all about muscle mechanics, no matter how long or short your bones are.