Easily Build A Personalised Workout Plan Based On Your Body Type
When working out, a singular workout style does not fit all. While we all want to be in great shape, chances are we can’t do the same workouts as your favourite online fitness guru and expect the same results.
We love celebrating how all bodies are different, but this also means creating diverse and more inclusive fitness routines, including workout styles, eating plans, and self-care regimens.
But here’s a simple and often overlooked factor – your body type. To build the ideal workout routine to achieve your fitness goals, you must consider your body type and then develop your routine.
Let’s Break It Down: What Are The Different Body Types?
Are you new to the concept of tailored workout routines based on body types? Perhaps you’re wondering what your body type is at all!
Let’s start by saying that there is no ideal body type. Unfortunately, the media tends to promote an hourglass figure on women or broad shoulders on men, but these standards simply shouldn’t dictate how comfortable you should feel in your own skin. Your body is your own, and it’s beautiful in its own right - we’re just here to help you figure out how to take care of it better!
Diving into body types, the three main body types are officially termed ectomorphs, endomorphs, and mesomorphs. Essentially, body types are broadly classified around a body’s tendency and ability to store muscle and fat.
Which Body Type Are You?
You may be able to identify your body type from the chart quickly! Or you could have some trouble seeing yourself exactly in those body types - and that’s fine too. Most people will probably be between each type, not matching one build exactly. Think of these body types as attempts at broad classifications of many, many bodies!
Creating A Workout Routine For Each Body Type
The general theory in play here is that each body type comes with different fitness goals that help you look your best and be your healthiest self!
Generally speaking, ectomorphs might be seeking to bulk up because they have trouble retaining or building body fat and muscle. If you’re an ectomorph, consider more weightlifting and less cardio.
- Train with heavy weights and lots of rest between sets (2-3 minutes) and between exercises (5 minutes).
- Only train 1-2 body parts per training day to avoid too much caloric expenditure.
Mesomorphs are in the middle of the body type spectrum - they’re able to gain and lose weight comparatively easily.
- As a mesomorph, you may want to take advantage of this through some fun activities like aerobics, with outdoor activities like brisk walking, swimming, running, or cycling. You could even fit in some HIIT sessions - one of Kydra’s faves - each week.
Endomorphs may find it easier to gain weight than the other two body types. For this reason, they may have to focus on a routine that helps them get leaner and more toned. If you’re an endomorph, you may benefit from doing more cardio and focusing on low-weight resistance exercises.
- Incorporate cardio a minimum of 3x per week for 20-30 minutes.
- Make your cardio training easy on the knees and low-impact (swimming, biking, hiking, walking, elliptical).