Training for your body type

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.

Features:

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.

Mesomorph

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.

Features:

Athletic build

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.

Endomorph

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.

Features:

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.