Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Training and Nutrition for your Body Type
There are 3 main somatotypes / body types which you can base your training and nutrition on.
This is a simple and effective tool that we use with clients.
Note - that our true body type may differ from what it is now due to lifestyle choices.
E.g. a mesomorph as a teenager with poor nutrition who is fairly sedentary may now be considered an endomorph.
It is also possible to be a cross between 2 body types.
To keep things simple focus on your goal and the typical characteristics.
E.g. typical sports for body types: an ectomorph as a marathon runner, a mesomorph as a body builder, an endomorph as a heavy weight power lifter.
Typically skinny with a small frame
Naturally lean and doesn't gain weight very easily
Struggles to gain muscle
Petite or tall and skinny, potentially 'skinny fat'
Small shoulders and flat chest
Short & Intense
Less frequency and duration
Big muscle groups
Susceptible to becoming catabolic (muscle wastage)
Ensure eating enough food and before bed
Athletic and rectangular body frame
Hard and defined
Gains muscle easily
Gains body fat easier than an ectomorph
Broad shoulders and small waste
Mixed training: cardio and weights
Still favour weights training over cardio
Cardio for conditioning
Watch calorie intake to avoid becoming an endomorph
Soft round body
Short and stocky
Gains muscle easily
Gains body fat very easily
Struggles to loose body fat
Sluggish metabolism, may be susceptible to insulin resistance
Always do some form of volume / higher intensity training
Does not tolerate processed carbohydrate/fat mixed meals well
- Have a think about which body type you might be?
- What approach is best for you to take based on your goals?
- What are you currently doing?
- What can you change?
Hopefully this helps to give you a clearer idea on some steps you can take in order to achieve the next level of results.
Cheers guys, any questions please reach out.