Explore the three different body types and discover what your type could mean for your fitness regime.
Our bodies are all unique – which means that a workout that is right for someone else may not always be right for you. Most of us fall largely in one of three body types: Ectomorph, Endomorph or Mesomorph. Understanding the body type you have and how to get the most out of it can help you transform the way you achieve your fitness goals
Today, I want to look at the three body types and explore how you can adapt your fitness regime to support your shape.
Ectomorphs tend to be long and lean and may have difficulty gaining weight – both muscle and fat. They have a fast metabolism and a build similar to that of a long-distance runner.
Because it’s more difficult for ectomorphs to put on muscle, they should try to fill their workout with compound movements. This means movements that involve more than one muscle group. An intense bodyweight workout filled with compound exercises is a good fit for this body type.
Ectomorphs tend to be very good at processing carbs, and a diet rich in complex carbohydrates can help you to feel fuller for longer. Endomorphs should also eat plenty of protein to support muscle building.
Endomorphs have a strong, stocky build, and often carry weight around the bottom half of their body – the classic pear shape. They find it easier to put on weight – both muscle and fat – than endomorphs and may experience a slower metabolism.
Short and intense workouts, like HIIT, are a great way for endomorphs to stay lean and strong. This should be supported by a great strength training routine which will support their naturally powerful build.
Endomorphs may find that they need to follow a stricter eating plan than other body types to avoid gaining unwanted weight. A high protein diet supplemented by smaller amounts of complex carbs is often a good match for endomorphs.
The mesomorph falls between the ectomorph and endomorph body types, with a lean but muscular build that is often described as naturally athletic. Mesomorphs can sometimes take their balanced body shape for granted and should ensure they still follow a healthy lifestyle and workout routine.
A balanced workout routine of strength training and aerobic activity is normally a good match for mesomorphs. They may also find it easier to build muscle from moderate lifting than the other body types.
A mesomorph eating plan should be varied with equal amounts of protein and fats, supported by complex carbs. They should ensure that they are eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables to get all of the vitamins and minerals they need.
Remember, not everyone falls perfectly into one body type – although most people favour one more strongly than the others. The lesson here is to take the time to think about your body and create a regime that works with your natural strengths rather than against them. If you’re ready to transform your approach to fitness, FitFusion PT can help. Our friendly trainers can provide bespoke advice based on your unique body type and goals. Get in touch today to get started. Until next week, stay amazing!