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"When you decide what body type you are, every body type has their positive things and negative things. But the good thing about know your body type is learning how to love it and work with what you have. Every body type is beautiful, it's just a matter of acknowledging it, embracing it, and feeling good about who you are." - Devon Dionne on embracing our body type.
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Every single one of us has a different body which also means we have different diets, physical ability, and capabilities to reach heal goals at different rates.
Today on the show, Devon and I are going to share with you what it means to be one of the three body types (ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph) plus what it means if you a mix of two body types.
The ectomorph body type is extremely lean with little fat or muscle. A person who has an ectomorph body can easily and continuously stay in this state of being lean and thin because they have a fast metabolism and are able to burn carbohydrates very fast.
Because we associate thin with healthy, an ectomorph might think that they're automatically healthy because of their size and they can eat and do whatever they want. It can be very easy for them to ignore they're health and body because of the false idea that they're healthy. Just like other people, ectomorphs should avoid excess amounts of sugar and processed foods so that they can focus on following a nutritious diet.
However, ectomorphs can struggle to put on muscle and gain weight even if they try very hard to do so. They're good at running because they genetically don't carry around a lot of muscle nor fat. Therefore, long amounts of cardio is easy for them.
An ectomorph can gain muscle by lifting heavy weights in compound movements such as squats and dead lifts. These movements put the ectomorph body under enough tension and stress so that the body can adapt, react, and ultimately build muslce. An ectomorph that wants to build muscle should eat plenty of protein as well as carbs since the body burns them so fast.
To be able continue to put on muscle, they should avoid doing a lot of cardio since it will just burn all of their energy.
The Mesomorph body is athletic built with low to minimum body fat. They body responds quickly to stress and can grow muscle very quickly if they do HIIT workouts. They can drop weight quickly and naturally without putting in much effort at all.
However, before they're naturally athletic, they could become bored with working out or don't see a need to hit the gym. If you have a Mesomorphic body and you physically look good, pay attention to what's going on inside. Keep track of your energy levels, nutrition, mood, sleep pattern, etc. Those can be key indicators that can tell you a lot about your current state of health.
To keep enjoying fitness, challenger yourself to new goals. Set a personal PR goal for a competition or make working out interesting by taking up a class.
Train like an athlete because you already are one. Your body is meant for HIIT, cleans, jerks, Cross Fit, power moves, and timed challenges.
The Endomorph body type is a bit thick in build and can gain both muscle and weight easily. Some hold their weight in different body parts such as their shoulders, chests, buttocks, thighs, stomachs, or arms.
To help stay in shape,long amounts of low-intensity cardio like taking a walk is good for you. However, what's even better is building muscle, When you build muscle, you can burn fat faster and continue to do so hours after your workout is complete.
Instead of eating processed foods and carbs such as pastas, breads, or grains, try to eat more vegetables.
We often confuse strength training with hypertrophy and it's important to know the difference because hypertrophy is more beneficial for the Endomorph body type.
When you strength train, your goal every week is to get stronger with 3-4 simple moves like squats, dead lifts, cleans, jerks, chest press, military press. doing 5 sets of 3 reps with 2-3 minutes in between.
When it comes to hypertrophy and building muscle mass, it's not about burning calories and gaining strength. To build muscle mass, do 3 sets of an exercise such as a chest press with 6-16 reps. Make sure that you eat enough to give your body the energy that it needs to lift weights.
"There's a difference between knowing when you're hungry and when you're starving." - Rob Dionne
There's been a misconception that eating 5-6 meals every day or every 2-3 hours is what our body needs. However, Devon and I did the research and found this to be completely false.
People have said that eating 5-6 meals a day supposedly:
However, we didn't find proof that any of these were true. In fact, the latest research found all that all of these "benefits" don't actually happen and there were no changes in metabolism or weight loss. Listen from 33:00 to find out why 5-6 meals a day does not benefit our bodies.
But if you need to snack between meals to help keep your energy up and your stomach satisfied, that's okay! We're just saying that you don't have to be eating all the time with 5-6 meals.
Sometimes when we're tired in the middle of the day, we'll just grab a cup of coffee when our body is actually telling us that it needs food!
We may not get the stomach growls and pains, but if it's been 6 hours or so since you last ate, your body probably needs something in its system.
"If what you're doing is not working for you, ask yourself the question, 'Is it not working because I'm not doing this 100% or is it not working because this is the wrong thing for my body?'." You want to make sure you're not jumping ship too early on a program or style of eating because you're not seeing the exact results within a week. It helps to stick to it and try it out." - Rob Dionne
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00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
3:00 Questions from the OSF Facebook Group
5:00 What's your body type and what does it mean for your health and dietary needs?
5:15 The Ectomorph Body Type
12:00 The Endomorph Body Type
14:45 Strength Training vs Building Muscle Mass (Hypertrophy)
23:55 The Mesomorph Body Type
31:00 Some people hover between two different body types
33:00 How Often Should We Be Eating?
51:50 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
55:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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