(Extended from Shape Magazine Article)
Not honoring your own shape’s potential.
We all have the potential to sculpt the bodies of our dreams however, the worst thing you can do is embark on a fitness journey without having a respect for your design.
Yes, set your sights high for yourself, but do not hold unrealistic or unhealthy expectations for your results. Doing this will only set yourself up for failure and disappointment in your journey.
To create change within yourself it is imperative that you aspire, and be inspired, to attain the body you desire (say that 10 Times fast), however, you must understand that not everything you see in print is realistic or natural. Be careful what becomes your image of inspiration. That 18in waist with 33in hips or serious muscular build you see in an image may be (1) photoshopped (2) not realistic for your body shape (3) unhealthy to attain (4) requires a heavily regimented and/or restrictive lifestyle.
So what is your shape and what should you do about it? Yes, there are 3 main body types (ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph), however, keep in mind that we likely don’t fall under just one category and maybe somewhere in between. For example, you might be slender and narrow in your upper body, yet curvy and round in the lower body, or vice versa. Each type details elements of your design, and understand that there may be ways of training and eating that work better than others for each type.
• A thin, slender build, with little muscle or fat. This body type often makes gaining muscle mass difficult, however fat gain is usually minimal making this a lean build.
• How to train: it is imperative that you maintain a nutritional regimen that keeps you fueling your body with adequate calories/macros to support gains made with training. Keep your training consistent, however, avoid intense/high cardio exercises and give your body adequate time to rest and recover.
• A larger body type with more muscle and fat (opposite of the ectomorph), characterized by a rounder shape. Weight loss is usually the issue with this body type, and a slow metabolism may be the culprit.
• How to train: maintain a clean, lean diet and counteract a slow metabolism by eating smaller meals consistently throughout the day. Proper macros are key. Implement a consistent cardio & strength training routine to your regimen.
• An athletic build with minimal body fat and good muscle tone. This body type typically comes with a fast metabolism and optimal muscle building potential.
• How to train: fuel your body’s potential with adequate macros to support muscle gain or maintenance and overall functioning. Training should consist of a mix of cardio, HIIT, and strength training.
Embrace your body type, but know that with hard work and dedication, you can make big changes! I’ve transformed nearly every body shape, make, and size – trust the process and learn to love the way you’re able to make positive changes through every phase of the journey.