Here’s a great tip for all of you fitness beginners.
Know your body type before starting an exercise program or a nutritional program.
Because the more that you know about your body type, the better equipped you’ll be to get on the “fast track” to better results.
There are three fundamentally different physical types, called somatoypes.
The ectomorph: characterized by a short upper body, long arms and legs, long and narrow feet and hands, and very little fat storage: narrowness in the chest and shoulders, with generally long, thin muscles.
The mesomorph: large chest, long torso, solid muscle structure, and great strength.
The endomorph: soft musculature, round face, short neck, wide hips, and heavy fat storage.
Each of us tends to be a combination of the types listed above.
You might ask “How am I supposed to know what dominant type of somatotype I am if I am a combination of them?”
Here are some very basic ways to know.
Are you good at (or were you good at) sprinting but not so good at running long distances?
Then you might be geared more toward a mesomorph with regard to running and weight lifting.
Are you better at (or were you better at) long distance or long cardio types of activities ala, Lance Armstrong?
Then you may be geared more toward a ectomorph body type.
If you move a little slower than others but have good physical strength then you might be leaning more towards the endomorph body type.
Of course, as mentioned, you probably are a combination of the somatotypes.
Do you put on weight easier than others but have a hard time getting lean? If so, you may be an endo-mesomorph.
Do you get lean easier but have a harder time putting on weight? You may be an ecto-mesomorph.
The point is, to understand your body type by identifying certain characteristics that you have and then following the best training and nutritional guidelines for your body type.
In a future article, I’ll spell out the proper training and nutritional guidelines for fitness beginners to ensure the fastest way to get results.