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Are we all made the same? Training for your body type.

As you have probably already noticed we are not all made the same. Some of us are genetically lean and struggle to put on muscle while others seem to put on weight just by looking at bad food.

But that doesn’t mean that you should just sit back and give in! All of us can have the body we want. But you have to understand your body type when choosing the adequate training & nutrition programmes for you.

Today we are going to talk about choosing the correct exercise programme for the three main body types:

Ectomorph – Would generally have a very small bone structure, presenting thin ankles and wrists. Will struggle to gain muscle and don’t have an issue with excess body fat. This body type will achieve the best results by splitting the training programme by body parts (eg. one day lower body and abs, the next training day upper body), leaving at least a day break in between workouts and always using heavy weights.

Mesomorph – This type tends to be more muscular and will have a thicker bone structure. The best results can be achieved by using a whole body circuit type of training eg. Crossfit sometimes mixed with cardio depending on individual goals.

Endomorph – This type will be in almost all cases looking to lose body fat. Generally this person body shape is accentuated by eating the opposite type of foods for its type and doing inappropriate exercises.  The best results will be achieved by doing cardio (no it doesn’t need to be the boring treadmill) about three times a week and mixed circuits one to two times (to tone up and shape the body according to individual goals.

Please ensure that you consult a fitness professional before start exercising. If you have any questions or want to find out more about this topic please feel free to email me – [email protected].


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