As trainers we work with many different body types. I believe, when someone wants to change their body composition that it helps to know what genetically pre-set body shape they fall into. Learning which body type you are born with and understanding what that means, will help you maximize your potential and may get you closer to building the body that you always wanted. Although there are three clear body types, it is important to know, that these aren’t set in stone. Most people are a mix of two or all.
Regardless, anyone can get lean or put on muscle mass or of course gain fat if they are not careful. At the very least, with this information you’ll gain a better understanding why your body is the shape it is and know how to get the best out of your genetic make-up.
In short, here are the 3 different body types with corresponding training suggestions:
1. Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle
- Train with compound moves - Get enough protein - Use isolation moves as finishers
2. Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells
- Train like an athlete
- Time your workouts
- Set personal bests
3. Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat
- Train with intensity - Watch your carbohydrate intake
- Build shoulders
Remember, no matter what, to get the most out of your training, you also need to strongly focus on your nutrition, fluid intake and recovery. Sleep has a massive say on your body’s production of hormones that help with fat loss, muscle growth and so much more.
When you look at your naked body in the mirror, what do you see? Unless you are some sort of genetic muscle mutant, your body will fall into one of the above body shapes.
Don’t focus strictly on your weight or looks, it is more important how you feel. A strong body doesn’t always look ripped or big! Train smart, be healthy and have fun!
I bust mine to kick yours...
Gaja Moriconi GPA Trainer