Ending up our Body Type series, this blog will take a look at the mesomorph body type and some training/dieting tips.
TRAITS OF A MESOMORPH
I’m just going to be honest, if you’re a mesomorph, you’re lucky. A mesomorph is naturally athletic, easily puts on muscle, and burns fat easier than an endomorph. Basically, the mesomorph body type is the best of both worlds in consideration to the ectomorph and endomorph.
However, there are some downsides that come with being a mesomorph. (Oh no? Really?!)
Being a mesomorph means that you probably took a lot of your gains for granted in the beginning (yeah I’m talking to you). Due to this, routines and correcting lifting form can be performed improperly and a diet may not be followed as consistently should. That mean that even though you’re a mesomorph, you can still get injured, not gain muscle, and get fat. (Oh no! Say it isn’t so!).
So to make sure a gift isn’t wasted, let’s dive into some training and dieting tips!
Training for a mesomorph should be consistently challenging and go through periodic changes. Always challenge your muscles, especially if you feel as if you’re not getting as much out of your workout. Adapt to your muscle growth and consistently have great form in your lifts, and you’re guaranteed to gain muscle.
- Continuously challenge yourself with both weight and reps. Changing up your workout reps and sets will cause you to consistently push yourself and your muscles.
- When you train and push yourself, be sure to pay attention to how many rest intervals you take. Increased rest intervals can help you in the long run.
- Want to burn extra fat? Cardio is a great resource for just that. Unlike the other body classes, feel free to do cardio anywhere between 3-4 times a week.
The lucky thing about a mesomorph is that they can practically eat anything. No really, anything.
Between a bucket of fried chicken and a bowl of ice cream, it is still more difficult for a mesomorph to put on fat like an endomorph. But don’t take this for granted! Many mesomorphs take this great perk in life for granted and completely splurge all the time. Yes, your body burns fats and calories quicker than others, but that doesn’t mean if you eat like a pig all the time that you won’t eventually become one.
Here are some dieting tips to keep you on track.
- Keep your protein intake between 1g-1.5g per pound of body weight, this will ensure that you have the right amount of protein for muscle growth.
- Your diet should be concentrated on a high protein, moderate fat and moderate carbs. The 40-30-30 ratio is usually an appropriate/average beginner’s diet ratio.
- If you’re heavier than you would like to be in your current stage, deplete the amount of carbohydrates that you’re in-taking. This will help burn fat, while at the same time not deplete your protein consumption.
So to put it simple, the mesomorphs are blessed with great gifts of athleticism and muscle gains. However, don’t let this get to your head!
Arrogance and negligence can easily be the undoing of someone who already has a leg up on the completion. Read up on more workout tips and exercises that are specifically built for your class, and get a game plan together for your training.
Do your research, get prepared, and get lifting.