Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What body type are you?

Recently one of my clients asked me why it was so hard for her to put on weight and muscle. She is a very slim model who pretty much can eat whatever she wants and will never put on weight. Why is it she can eat whatever she wants and stay the same, and then there are some of us who can put on weight just from the smell of a cookie! You may even be confused as to why your training buddy is getting better results than you, yet you’re doing the exact same workouts. Well the answer to this lies in what body type we are.
Learning what your body type is can seriously help you understand why certain aspects of diet and training are harder and slower (or easier and quicker) for you than they are for other people.
We are all different and therefore we need different and individualized training and nutrition plans in order for it to be effective! This is why I would high suggest seeing a personal trainer so you can guarantee the diet and exercise you are doing is what is most beneficial for your body type.
There are three main differences between the three difference body types.
The differences are metabolism, speed and bone structure.
There are 3 main body types:
Ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph

Ectomorph – The Skinny
The Ectomorphs are lean, thin and skinny with small bones, slender joints and muscles. They have a fragile and delicate physique. Ectomorphs are not naturally powerful and need to work really hard to build muscles and gain strength. They have a superfast metabolism of which they can eat all day yet never gain weight. Ectomorphs should concentrate on building lean muscle mass (this applies to women too) through weight training and cardio exercises.

Endomorph – Short & Curvy
Unlike the Ectomorphs, Endomorphs find it difficult to lose weight and are often overweight. Endomorphs find it difficult to burn calories because of slower metabolism and generally have a high degree of fat around their midsection.
If this describes you, don’t be disappointed since Endomorphic body types have their own advantages; Endomorphs are naturally muscular and gain maximum benefit out of muscle building programs.

Mesomorph – Athletic Body
These are the people who are truly blessed with the best body type – well defined muscles, large bones and a perfect physique. If you are a Mesomorph, you will have awell developed chest, broad shoulders, slimmer waistline, firm abdomen and toned thighs. Perfect right! On the downside mesomorphs have poor flexibility and need to indulge more in flexibility training.

Now you should know what type of body type you are, do some research and see what food and training methods are most beneficial to your body type. If you need help contact a personal trainer who will be able to outline what are the best training methods for your body type and also what foods are best for you and how often you should be eating them.
Goodluck guys :)


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