What body type are you?
After a few sessions at the gym, you should have your technique nailed and you should be on your way to seeing some well-earned results within a couple of months. However, what takes a lot longer is learning what works best for you. For example, what are those features about your body that throw barriers in front of you and compromise your progress? Do you ask the questions: why are they lifting more? How have they lost so much weight?
To get the most out of your training, you need to know about your own body first; together with Maxinutrition – retailers of quality protein powder – we can help you get the most out of your body every time you work out.
Combining body types
What you should remember is that these definitions of body types aren’t set in stone and that you’re probably a mixture of a couple. So, remember, a person is only classed as an ectomorph if the traits of an ectomorph are most prevalent within their body build.
Body shape: ectomorph
Ectomorphs aren’t necessarily your ‘typical skinny guy’, as someone with a high proportion of body fat can still be an ectomorph, even though they are overweight. Typically, they have a light build, small joints and have long limbs. Classic identifiers of an ectomorph are features like a thin face, a high forehead, a receding chin – coupled with narrow shoulders and a narrow chest.
Thin frame with a delicate bone structure
Difficulty in gaining weight
Naturally flat chested
Faster than average metabolism at rest
Lean Muscle Mass
If You’re an Ectomorph:
When you’re trying to increase muscle mass, you may find it difficult to make gains. Your metabolism will burn up calories quickly, so it’s going to be tough when trying to turn the calories you do have into new muscle. If this is the case, then keep your workouts short, intense and focused. They should primarily be focused on your legs, back and chest. To prevent muscle catabolism, ectomorphs should eat before they sleep. These body types benefit from looking leaner as they can lose fat more easily.
Mesomorphs are usually natural bodybuilders. They have large bone structures along with natural sculpted muscles in an athletic way. Due to their physical characteristics, mesomorphs are naturally strong – finding it easy to manipulate their weight.
Well-define muscles with a hard body
Broad shoulders with a rectangular body shape
Adds muscle easily
Can gain body fat fairly easily than ectomorphs
If You’re a Mesomorph:
You’ll usually see weight gains in no time at all, as you will generally respond to weight training well – especially when following a tougher routine for the first time. However, the only downside to being a mesomorph in comparison to an ectomorph is that you’ll gain fat quicker; a combination of weight training and cardio sessions are therefore ideal.
This is the final body type to be categorised. They are usually people who are solid, but generally soft and not lean. They tend to be short with thick arms and legs – however they have strong muscles – particularly in their quads and their hamstrings.
Stocky build with a round body shape
Can gain muscles and fat easily
Find it hard to lose weight and has a slow metabolism at rest
No naturally defined muscles
If You’re an Endomorph:
Harder to make lean gains, but easier to build muscle – endomorphs should keep fat levels to a minimum whilst ensuring a high amount of protein is consumed within their diet, supplementing weight sessions with cardio. Endomorphs often find that they are naturally good at compound leg exercises such as the squats, so this would be a good place to start if you identify with this body type.