Everyone’s body is different, so it only makes sense, not everyone should train their bodies the same way. Any professional will tell you the key to successful bodybuilding is to know your body, know your limits and know how your body will respond to certain conditions. That being said, to help optimize your bodybuilding workout, you need to determine your body type.
Everyone falls into one of 3 categories: ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. By discovering the category that best fits your body, you can help find the lifestyle that will work best for you. Before engaging in any lifestyle changes, you should always check with your doctor. Ectomorphs are people who naturally have little or no fat. Usually, ectomorphs body types are tall and have longer limbs as well. Due to their build, most ectomorphs will choose endurance sports, like running. But, if you fall into this category, you can still become a world-class bodybuilder.
To begin, ectomorphs will need to up their calorie count and eat more throughout the day, but in smaller proportions. You should try to increase your intake by at least 500 calories per day to help put on the weight. When we say eating more, it doesn’t necessarily mean eating anything you want. You will need to have a high-calorie healthy diet if you want to be successful at bodybuilding.
If you are an ectomorph, you should cut most of the cardiovascular activity from your workout, and focus mainly on intense weight training. But you should get to the gym every 3 – 4 days for a hard full-body workout, which involves all muscle groups. It may be difficult for ectomorphs to gain muscle mass, but with a lot of hard work and dedication, it can be accomplished.
Mesomorphs are the people everyone envies. These are the people you see who eat lots of junk food, yet still, have great bodies! One trap mesomorphs easily fall prey to is the mindset that because they can skip workouts or eat pizza, without any visible effect, they think it’s not affecting their bodies at all. However, this is not true. Good genes may have given you a good body, but things such as heart disease will still affect you just as easily as anyone else.
Mesomorphs shouldn’t need to change the amount of food they eat. But, if you fall into this category, make an effort to eat healthy foods and lots of good carbohydrates instead of junk food. When you workout, you may choose to do a full-body training session, but it will probably be more beneficial for you to target and define muscles in specific areas.
Endomorphs also have no problem gaining muscle mass. However, unlike mesomorphs, these people also have no problem gaining weight. Diet control is the key to successful bodybuilding for endomorphs. Eat smaller meals, spread out throughout the day, and cut out the junk food.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, and try to stop eating for the day about 3 hours before you go to bed. Endomorphs shouldn’t have any problem becoming muscular, but they need to hit the gym for lots of cardiovascular workouts, if possible, on a daily basis. It will help melt the fat from your body, so you can begin to see the muscles you are working to define.
Whatever your body type, bodybuilding can be the perfect sport for you. If you are sensible about your habits and dedicated to the sport, you will find definition and muscle growth can be accomplished. When you know the facts about bodybuilding, you can use them in your workout plan to give you a healthier and more productive workout. You can train your mind to follow the truth about bodybuilding, just as you can have discipline regarding the training of your body. Discipline on two levels; body and mind.