Fri, Oct 28, 2016 News


Train right for your body type

Hello, I’m Tommy and I work at Starks Fitness, I specialise in body composition change, whether that is trying to reduce body fat and lose weight, or develop a more muscular physique.

Today I want to talk about the three body types (Endomorph, Ectomorph and Mesomorph) and how your body type can affect the type of training you decide to do when you've got a specific the body composition goal in mind.

Here are the main differences between the three body types;

Ectomorphic: characterised as linear, thin, usually tall, fragile, lightly muscled, flat chested and delicate

Mesomorphic: characterised as hard, rugged, triangular, athletically built with well-developed muscles, thick skin and good posture

Endomorphic: characterised as round, usually short and soft with under-developed muscles and having difficulty losing weight

Although there are only 3 body types by definition, you may not necessarily fall directly into one of these categories, instead of having a combination of characteristics. I've decided to start at the beginning, though... giving you tips as per each specific body type.

Assuming that improved body composition is your primary goal, here's how I suggest you structure a programme to work with your body type:


To improve your body composition, I'd suggest you look to increase muscle mass.

This means

    • Increase in overall calorie intake
    • Make resistance training your predominant workout of choice
    • Your resistance training a mixture of strength and volume


To improve your body composition, I'd suggest you look to increase muscle mass.

This means

    • Increase overall calorie intake
    • Mix resistance training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and/or cardio
    • Make sure your resistance training concentrates on volume over strength


To improve body composition, I'd suggest you look to reduce fat.

This means

    • Reduce calorie intake
    • Mix resistance training with HIIT and/or cardio
    • Make sure your resistance training combines both strength work and volume

So, knowing your body type means that you can start determining your goal assess where on the body type scale you believe you fit and start to plan your training and calorie intake with the above advice in mind.

Once again, remember that the above is a pretty simplistic first step, to help you get your head around the basics. More than anything, it'll help you get comfortable with the fact that there's no one-size-fits-all programme, and many different factors play a part in whether you'll achieve your goals or not!

The best way to reach your goals is to work with a professional like myself or the other trainers at Starks, who can create something entirely tailored to you. As body composition change is my speciality, I'd be particularly happy to speak to you about it!

Just pop into the gym or contact us below, to claim your complimentary consultation and in-body scan.




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