When choosing an exercise plan, the most important aspect to first consider is body type. There are three primary body types, ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs.
- Delicate frame and build.
- Hard to gain weight and muscle mass.
- Flat chest, small shoulders.
- Much lean muscle with fast metabolism
Ectomorphs find it very hard to gain weight. They have a fast metabolism which burns calories quickly. Ectomorphs need large amounts of calories in order to gain weight. Workouts should be short and intense focusing on big muscle groups. Supplements are definitely recommended. Generally, ectomorphs can lose fat very easily which makes cutting back to lean muscle easier for them, but it may also be harder to gain muscle.
Mesomorphs have solid bone structures, large muscles, and naturally athletic build. They find it easy to gain and lose weight, and are naturally strong which makes their bodies great platforms for building
|Typical traits on a Mesomorph:
Mesomorphs typically respond best to weight training and cardio workouts together. Gains are seen quickly in muscle, however, the same goes for fat. Mesomorphs need to watch their diets and calorie intake. They also need to make sure to get adequate cardiovascular workouts to avoid accumulating fat.
Endomorphs have solid, large bodies. Of the three body types, endomorphs gain fat the easiest. However, they also have extremely strong muscles, especially in the legs. Squats and other leg exercises are typically the easiest for endomorphs.
|Typical traits of an Endomorph:
In training, endomorphs find it easy to gain weight. Unfortunately, this is not typically in the form of muscle. They must always train cardio in addition to weight training. Supplements are typically not needed as long as the person has adequate protein in their diet and minimal fat and carbs.
A combination of body types:
One person may be a combination of two body types, either ecto/mesomorphs or meso/endomorph. For example, someone may have all the traits of an mesomorph and gain weight like an endomorph. Each person is different, and their training has to be tailored to their exact body type. If you are more on the ectomorph spectrum, eat what you want and lift a lot. If you are more towards the endomorph end, definitely watch your diet and do lots of cardio. Anyone can get in shape, but it is of utmost importance to do the right workouts to make sure workout time is time well spent.