How to get that dream body (according to body types)

Discover your body type and maximise the potential of your physique with this handy guide.

How to get that dream body (according to body types)
How to get that dream body (according to body types)
29 Jan 2016

How to get that dream body (according to body types)

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It’s a common scenario: You and your friend start a "get fit" routine which includes working out together for the same amount of hours, and maintaining the same diet. However, two months later, your results are startlingly different. This probably comes down to having different body types. Find out what works best for each type, and tailor a fitness plan that works specifically for you. Because as with all human beings, it’s never one size fits all, is it?

Ectomorph: Usain Bolt
Ectomorph: Usain Bolt
29 Jan 2016

Ectomorph: Usain Bolt

The tall and wiry body type that never seems to get fat. And while it sounds like a blessing to some, men with this body type can find it a struggle to gain mass and define their muscle.

Hot tip: Always make sure that you consume more calories than you are burning. Feel free to hit the buffets, but as with everything, make sure to moderate.
Nutrition: Never hurts to have high-calorie protein shakes to ensure that you sustain your growth.

Mesomorph: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mesomorph: Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Mesomorph: Arnold Schwarzenegger

The body of a Mr Olympia, that’s what it is. Rock hard, ripped and painstakingly sculpted, this body type builds muscle the most easily. So what are you waiting for? Hit the gym already!

Hot tip: A balanced diet is key for an ideal body. It is recommended that you maintain a 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates and 20 percent fat diet.
Nutrition: Hydrolyzed protein is essential for increased muscle growth, so be sure to consume some before your workout.

Endomorph: Wayne Rooney
Endomorph: Wayne Rooney
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Endomorph: Wayne Rooney

The short and stocky build that narrowly borders on chubby. Shouldn’t be a surprise that slow metabolism comes with the territory. This body type takes more exercise to maintain, and a proper diet is crucial.

Hot tip: Never eat a meal before bedtime. Your body won’t be burning the calories as you sleep, and besides, you don’t want any nightmares, do you?
Nutrition: Pop some thermogenic fat burner before your workout and maximise your gym sessions.

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