For people new to the workout scene, the overwhelming amount of information out there can be quite daunting. For example, if you were to search online for simple start up tips, you would see an insane amount of workouts, supplements, equipment, and more pop up on your search screen. That alone could cause someone to tuck-tail and shun exercise in general, it makes people think they’re already too far behind.
Well, you’re not! I can tell you one of the best ways to get a jump start to your exercise routine is to build upon your self-knowledge. By that, I mean learn your body and know what exercises and routines will work best for you. One of the best ways to start is to know your body type.
What do I mean by that? There are three body type categories that explain build, muscle, metabolism, etc. Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph [add]. So let’s just dive in, shall we!
Are you tall and lanky? Skinny and lean? Able to eat a pizza in one sitting without gaining an ounce? You my friend, are most likely and Ectomorph.
Qualities of an Ecotmorph
- Skinny/Lean Build
- Difficult to Gain Muscle or Mass
- Seemingly Fragile Bone Structure
- Fast Metabolism
- Small Shoulder Width
With their speedy metabolism, thin stature and lean build, Ectomorphs find it difficult to put on weight or mass. To help balance the effect of being this body type, individuals should eat more, perform short yet intense workouts for their muscle groups, and possibly take supplements. Prepare to work harder to put on muscle mass, but you’ll lean out easier and faster than the rest.
Are you solid yet soft? Gain fat and put on weight easily? Can you squat a tractor tire without breaking a sweat? You might possibly be a Endomorph.
Qualities of a Endomorph
- Soft and Round
- Gains Muscle and Fat with Ease
- Generally Short and Stocky
- Slow Metabolism
- Finds it Hard to Lose Fat
Even though they are generally short, round and stocky, Endomorph find it easy to put on both muscle and fat. Not only that, they usually have strong legs and high weight without having to put in a lot of effort. You may not have to work as hard to put on the mass, but you do have to watch your eating habits to ensure you don’t increase your body fat percentage. Leaning out is a chore, but if you can survive it you’ll look great!
Do you have big muscles and big bones? Never worked out yet still have big biceps? Have you ever been accused of being a Greek God after one week of training? If this is you, you’re probably a Mesomorph.
Qualities of a Mesomorph
- Generally Hard/Solid Build
- Gains Muscle Mass Easily
- Athletic Build
- Gains Fat Easier than Ectomorphs
- Well Defined Muscle Groups
The Mesomorph body type is the best body type for weight and athletic training. Mesomorphs gain muscle quickly and it shows prominently. They put on great amounts of lean muscle, but they tend to gain fat easier than Ectomorphs. If you’re a Mesomorph, you need to workout hard while watching your calorie intake. This body type may find it more difficult to lean out than the Ectomorph, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Though these are the three main categories of body types, there can be several combinations. For example, there can be an Ecto/Endo, Meso/Endo, Ecto/Meso, etc. Also, just because you’re an Ectomorph, that doesn’t mean you can’t bulk up. Likewise, just because you’re an Endomorph, it doesn’t mean you can’t be ripped. Don’t let the overwhelming amount of information out there deter you from beginning a worthwhile experience in exercise. Instead, build upon your knowledge and self-awareness so that you can get the most out of your training, and your health.