Why You Should be Working Out for Your Body Type

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Have you been constantly in the gym for weeks, months, or even YEARS and only seeing tiny transformation? You may be spending all that time there for no reason, because you're not working out for your correct body type! Before we get into what your body type may be, let's talk about the three basic body types. 

There are many variations of these body types, but overall, they fall into one of these three categories; ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. When you are looking to achieve a certain physique, it's important to know the inside as well as the outside of you, so that you're doing all you can to make great strides in your fitness journey. We'll talk about blood type and gut health as it pertains to fitness in another post, but today, we're talking about your body frame and type. 

The Ectomorph

This body type is naturally low in body fat, thin and lean with a fast metabolism. This is a frame that would be considered "perfect runway model". She's long and lean, and she has difficulty gaining weight. To enhance strength, a weight training program should be included in her fitness plan 4-5 times a week.  High reps and moderate rest periods between sets is what this body type needs. Cardio is suggested for all body types to enhance cardiovascular capacity, but be careful, ecto's. You burn calories like crazy, so too much cardio will keep you from seeing your gains as easily. While you're blessed to have a high metabolism, it is essential to consume enough healthy calories, high in protein, healthy fats, and carbs, AND eating enough throughout the day to keep you nourished and helping you hit your fitness goals.

 The Mesomorph

This is the athletic body type. Meso’s are usually muscular in body structure, with a long torso and a full chest.  Your body takes on the hour glass shape. Meso’s can gain weight and lose weight easily. This is where a wide range of women lie, because this frame comes in varying forms. Meso's are muscular and can gain strength and muscle easier than ectomorphs. You can perform strength training 3-4 times a week and also include HIIT days and non-traditional cardio and workout days. Be sure to mix it up, because you are susceptible to gaining weight easier than ectomorphs, you want it to be the good, muscular gains, not the fat gains. A healthy balance of proteins, healthy fats, and carbs, plus regular exercise will get you to your ideal fitness goals just fine. 

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The Endomorph

This body type is shorter and more round shaped. Endomorphs carry a higher fat percentage, and have a slower metabolism, so you gain weight easily. You will gain strength and muscle, too, and losing the fat is going to be primary for you. You should be doing high reps and sets in your workouts, and you will have much less rest time than ectos and mesos. HIIT will be your best friend throughout your journey. Cardio is perfect for endomorphs. Because you have a higher fat percentage and a slower metabolism, cardio is going to be the mainstay of your fitness program (hence the HIIT workouts). Daily workouts of up to 45 minutes will bring you optimal results. You want to make sure you want are more disciplined with your eating habits. More veggies and fruits are your friend. You still need protein, healthy fats, and carbs for the energy factor and preservation of your muscle building and toning, but be aware of your healthy fat and carb consumption, because you don't want to defeat the purpose of your workout program, which is to lose fatty weight.

With any "chart" or category, you may take on the form of more than one area. But you will be in one more than others. The key is to make sure that you are combining a healthy and ready mindset, healthy eating habits, a proper program, and proper rest, so that you can achieve the fitness goals you have mapped out for yourself.

So, which body type do you believe you fall in? I'm in the mesomorph/ectomorph family.