When it comes to our overall health, well-being, and fitness, experts recommend consuming nutrient rich produce in conjunction with an active lifestyle which incorporates plenty of regular physical activity and exercise. The problem however, is that each one of us is different and unique, and because of this, each one of us will be required to eat different foods, and engage in different forms of exercise to get the most from our training. What you may not have known, is that there are actually three different forms of body type, with each one being unique and very different to the last. These are known as: Ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. Ectomorphs are generally slim, with narrow waists, lean frames, and skinny arms, shoulders, and legs. They struggle to gain weight as they often have fast metabolisms. Endomorphs are the mirror opposite. They’re stocky individuals, with large solid frames, large arms, shoulders, and legs, and higher than average body fat percentages. The body type we’ll be focussing on however, is in between both of the above and is known as a mesomorph body type.
What are mesomorphs?
If you had a choice of choosing which body type you could have been born with, 9 times out of 10 you choose a mesomorph body type. Mesomorphs have fast metabolisms, they’re generally lean and muscular, with long and muscular limbs and frames. They’re often stronger than average and more athletic than average too. In order to get the most out of their frames however, mesomorphs will still need to engage in the right forms of physical exercise, which is why we’ll be looking at the best weight training exercise tips for mesomorphs right now.
Ok, technically not a weight training exercise but cardio is vitally important and it should be incorporated into any workout program. Though mesomorphs don’t gain fat as easily as endomorphs, they do still gain fat like anybody else, which is one of the reasons why cardio is so beneficial, because it will help prevent fat loss and will help keep body fat percentages down.
Train to failure
Individuals with mesomorph body types are at a great advantage as their bodies are primed for building muscle. However, it doesn’t matter how great your genetics may be, you won’t build muscle without training. In order to really stimulate the muscles and shock them into growing, it is recommended that mesomorphs train to failure with each working set they perform. That means that if they perform 8 reps on bench press, but could have easily performed another 4 or 5 reps, they should perform those additional 4 or 5 reps until they can’t get another rep without help.
Compound exercises are exercises which work more than one body part at once. They’re ideal for working multiple muscle groups and thus getting the most out of your workout. Most free weight exercises are compound exercises so try to incorporate them into your routine. Isolation and machine-based exercises are still very important, but try to place an emphasis on compound movements, rather than the other way around.