Work With Your Genetics For Maximum Fitness Results

Have you noticed that great bodies come in many shapes and forms? Genetics play a huge role in your body’s capability to achieve a certain look. A John Goodman type will probably never attain a Brad Pitt type physique, but he can still look good if he does things right. The key is to know your genetics and work with them, not against them. Creating realistic goals is important, otherwise frustration will occur and people tend to give up when they’re frustrated.Knowing your body type and genetics can be very advantageous. By gaining this knowledge, you can create more effective workouts by laying down a foundation upon which you can tweak to achieve the best possible results. For example, if you’re already lean and/or have a fast metabolism, you can get away with less cardio workouts and should put more focus on weight training. If you are trying to lose weight and/or tend to put weight on easily, you should focus largely on cardio and a stricter diet, while implementing weights to maintain muscle mass.Working Out For Your Body TypeThere are three main body types: ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs. Most people are a mixture of two body types. Think of it as a spectrum, going from ecto to meso to endo. Everyone falls somewhere along the spectrum but not necessarily spot on one specific type. The way in which you train will depend on what your genetics are. You will want to figure out where on the spectrum you fit in; that way you can work out in a way that will work with your genetics.

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Ectomorphs
Also known as “hard gainers,” ectos tend to be on the thinner side and have a hard time putting on muscle. However, they can also get away with eating more without gaining fat. People tend to envy ectos because they are the guys who eat junk without adding to their love handles. If you’re an ectomorph, you may consider yourself unfortunate because it makes putting on muscle difficult, but in Hollywood, ectomorphs create a great look on camera! Not to mention the camera adds about 10 pounds to your frame so you will look like a stud statue on screen!Ectomorphs need to hit the weights hard and make sure they’re eating enough calories to support muscle growth. Heavy compound exercises in the 6-12 rep range should be the primary focus. When it comes to cardio, ectomorphs will have to be careful not to overdo it. Excess cardio will end up burning valuable calories needed to add muscle. If you’re a really active ecto, you will need to make sure to compensate by eating more to replace those calories being burned. Walking is great for ectomorphs because it’s muscle-sparing. Shy away from excessive high intensity cardio as it will chew up your hard-earned muscle.Mesomorphs
The inbetweeners. Mesomorphs will have the easiest time in achieving a lean athletic look because that’s how they’re naturally built. They can put on muscle fairly easily while also staying lean, but should be doing regular bouts of cardio. They tend to naturally have a V-shaped torso which lays a nice foundation for a Hollywood look.Mesomorphs put on fat easier than ectomorphs and so high-intensity cardio shouldn’t be an issue. Mesos can perform pretty much any kind of cardio they desire as long as they monitor what changes occur in their bodies while doing so.
Mesos should focus on improving their shape and bring out definition. Good size muscles will come fairly quickly, so cardio should be a large portion of the workout, as shedding fat will show the muscles off.As a side note, mesomorphs also need to be careful not to overdo it in the weight room, because they can get too bulky if they’re not careful.Endomorphs
Males will have a round body shape, while females will be very curvy. Endomorphs have a thick bone structure and store fat easily. A lot of men you see that you’d think are endomorphs are really just overweight mesomorphs. Females can definitely work these genetics to their advantage. Guys can too, but they’re going to have to watch their diet closely and hit the aerobics like there’s no tomorrow; neither of which are enjoyable for men, but it’s what needs to be done.Aiming for leanness is the main goal for endos. Avoid the pear-shaped body by implementing more cardio and watching what you eat. I definitely recommend a lower carb diet for endomorphs. Replace rice, bread, pasta, and potatoes with leafy green vegetables.Make sure of it, because diet will be the most important player here.A great look can be achieved for both men and women with endomorphic genetics, but it takes quite a bit of discipline. Avoid the all-you-can-eat sushi bars, and opt for a grilled chicken salad instead.

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Workouts should be primarily cardio-based with resistance training to maintain muscle mass. However, muscle as well as fat, comes very easily for endomorphs, so having enough muscle should not be an issue. That’s why you will turn your attention toward cardio and accentuating your shape.Don’t Use Your Genetics As An Excuse!Don’t start grabbing for the Cheetos just because you claim to be an ectomorph. Be honest with yourself and regardless of your body type, your diet should still consist of healthy foods that will be beneficial to your body. Yes, ectos are encouraged to eat more, but that does not mean hitting up the McDonald’s drive-through. Instead of eating one chicken breast, have two. These kind of nutritional habits are the ones that should be practiced.Whatever your genetics may be, don’t get discouraged. Everyone has their challenge; whether it be putting on muscle or dropping fat, there will always be obstacles you’ll have to overcome. If achieving a Hollywood Body was easy, everyone would have one. No matter your genetics, you’re still going to have to put forth a great amount of time, effort, and discipline, as cliche as it may sound. But by knowing your body type, you can create a better route for yourself to achieve your goals.