The best workout for your body type

Saravanan "Sharu" Hariram

February 12, 2021

Many people spend hours working out in the gym or at home but see no significant results. If you’re one of those people, it may be that you’re following a routine that isn’t right for your body type. We all come in different shapes and sizes, which is why it’s important to identify what your body type is and then determine what exercise routine works best for you.

Basically, there are three body types. They are:

 Body Types#1 The Ectomorph or “I” body type

They are tall, generally lean, have a high metabolic rate, and store a bare minimal fat in the body.

Best workout plan High-intensity short duration weight training coupled with minimal cardio workouts. The main goal of cardio is to help achieve a healthy body-fat percentage, which is why it is of little help to skinny ectomorphs, who often complain of relentless eating with little to no weight gain.

Best diet High-density foods like almonds, peanut butter. Try mini-meals that incorporate 50-60% carbs.

#2 The Endomorph or “O” body type

This body type is the complete opposite of the ectomorph. They are generally round and short with high-fat storage and muscle mass in the body. They find it hard to drop weight despite trying several diets or workout programs.

Best workout plan They need to do more of both high-intensity weight training and cardio workouts.

Best diet Limit carbs to 30-40% of your meal, eat tons of vegetables, and drink water to stay full. Establish a 200-500 calorie deficit if you want to lose weight.

#3 The Mesomorph or “X” body type

A cross between the other two body types, this is the look most fit people work towards. But some are born with it. They are generally lean and broad with high muscle mass and store minimal fat in the body.

Best workout plan High-intensity weight training coupled with cardio workouts.

Best diet Keep carbohydrates at 40-60%, eat small portions but enough calories to maintain muscle mass.

About the Author

Saravanan “Sharu” Hariram is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with a passion for bodybuilding. Combining his love for fitness with his career, Sharu did his certification in Sports Nutrition, and Rehabilitation and Healing Nutrition. Currently a Master Trainer with HealthifyMe, he specializes in Weight Management, Marathon Training, and Physical Rehabilitation. In his 20+ years of experience, Sharu has always maintained that one’s mind must have control over their body in order to lead a healthy life. At HealthifyMe, he continues to follow his passion while helping those around him realise their fitness goals.

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