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Today’s Workout: What body type are you?

We’ve all been there – you know that friend…the one who eats all the cake, never exercises yet manages to rock a bikini every summer while tucking into a burger…

Well my friends – that is an ectomorph…

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An ecto-what you may be saying? Well recently I have been doing a lot of work on body type. This is different to body shape. Body Type is your natural build, it is how your body reacts to food and exercise and it determines how at your ultimate shape what you will look like.

Body type is very important. It helps you to understand where you can take your body too. For example: I am a class A Mesomorph – which means no matter how much I diet and exercise – waif body shape is not on my radar likewise being a curvacious babe is also off the cards.

There are three types of body shape: Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph – to find out what you are click the link below and take the test.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/becker3.htm

So here is a run down of each:

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Ectomorph

The natural skinny belinni

Ectomorphs generally look long limbed, carry little body fat, and appear quite angular, with narrow chest/waist/hips. Ectomorphs do not store fat easily, and tend to lose weight quickly.  Ectomorphs struggle to build significant muscle bulk even with a heavy weights program.  This means that curvy is not on the cards. Learn to love your slender look and embrace your body type. Naturally good at long distance and ballet – accept and enjoy

Mesomorph

This is my territory

Mesomorphs generally look stockier, have shorter looking limbs, wide shoulders with narrower hips and waist that give them a v-shape.  Mesomorphs tend to look toned/muscular even if they don’t lift weights. We will never be waifs or curvy. Strong and sexy is our motto but be careful with weights as we grow muscles very easily. Stick to yoga and pilates to strengthen and lengthen that muscle mass. Don’t aim for skinny as you will become ill – enjoy the strength you naturally have

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Endomorph

The curvy kardashians…

Endomorphs generally have a softer frame – not the angular or muscular look of the ectomorph and mesomorphs – with wide shoulders and wide hips.  Endomorphs generally store body fat easily.  This is not to say you are bigger than you should be – just naturally a softer and curvier build – think beyonce. You are the ones who rock the bodycon! If you are an endomorph – cardio and weight training is your game. If you need to lose weight do the cardio before the weights to reduce the “bulking” look.

All of us are different and we should embrace our body type. Love the skin you’re in and find the right exercise to suit you. Have a goal and ambition but be realistic with your goals. You may be a combo of types listed above but you will always have a predominant one.

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