Have you ever been to the gym and wondered why some people are lifting heavy while others are more focused on cardio? Well of course their own goals differ, I mean a bodybuilder will train and eat completely different than a football player, but what about regular people? Why do we have different workouts and nutrition plans for each of us? Well, the answer is simply because we have different body types. Now before you start thinking about your body type, read the rest of the article and you’ll find the answer!
You cannot start working out and putting fitness goals without knowing your body type first. The good news is there are only 3 body types; Ectomorph, Endomorph, and Mesomorph. The bad news is, you will almost certainly fall in between these types!
The marathon runners, the tall, lean, fat burning machines! Ectomorphs have the ability to process carbohydrates effectively into energy on the spot. Their fast metabolism means they can shred off fats easily. Sounds like a dream, right? Well it comes with the major downside of struggling to bulk up or gain muscles due to their fast twitch undeveloped fibers.
Ectomorphs should work on muscle gain more than cardiovascular activities, this means keeping the cardio to a minimum and focusing on intense workouts using compound exercises that maximize growth hormone release in order for their muscles to grow. 80% of your exercises should work big muscle groups, and keeping the workouts at 4 times per week is ideal because they don’t want to speed up their metabolism.
The word high is key here, high calories, high carbs, high fats, and high protein. Ectomorphs will want to consume around 3000 calories per day to aid them in their muscle quest. This doesn’t mean eating whatever, on the contrary, they should eat healthy carbs like oats, potatoes, and whole wheat products. Same goes to fats and proteins!
Often referred to as the power lifters. Endomorphs are adept at storing fuel, both fats and muscles. They are the hardest body type to manage in terms of weight and fitness. Endomorphs should keep their cardio training alive most of the week to strip off the extra fat.
Endomorphs should focus on aerobics, that’s for sure. However, don’t forget that weight lifting boosts your metabolism and keeps on burning fat long after your workout is over. Ideally, they should do heavy weights and low reps next to their usual cardio training.
A low carb diet with only healthy carbs should be complimented by high protein and high fibers. Fibers are a must for Endomorphs for filling their stomachs and help with the fat burning process!
The easiest body type to gain muscle mass and shed off fat. Of course, with great power comes great responsibility and most Mesomorphs take their body type for granted by taking a wrong approach to training and dieting, such a shame. How do you know you are one? You will find yourself well-built and packing muscle quickly by carrying the supermarket shopping bags (no joke), you my friend have hit the genetic jackpot!
Mesomorphs should always train athletically doing plyometric workouts plus with strength training of low reps power moves on the side. Timing their workouts and setting the bar higher is one of the key mental boosters for Mesomorphs!
As long as they eat healthy, their bodies will respond positively to it! A 40% complex carbs, 30% lean protein, and 30% healthy fats intake usually does wonders for Mesomorphs, couple that with brilliant workouts and they will have a Hollywood fitting body.
Whichever your body type is, always remember that anyone can have their dream body as long as they eat right and train right!