Working With Your Body Type

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We are never ever completely happy with our bodies are we? We either want a more voluptuous upper body or thinner thighs. I have a friend who wants a bigger butt, while I want a smaller one! There is always something that we want to change. Unfortunately, there are some things about us that we can never change like our body types (liposuction is also not going to help)

However though, knowing your body type will help you set realistic goals thus, making you workout better and more effectively.

There are three main body types namely,

Ectomorph: Tall, boney, with smaller breasts and longer limbs. They usually have trouble gaining weight (the ones we love to hate). Think Agbani Darego. You need to build muscle mass, gain definition and shapeliness.

Do weight training (enough weight for you to just barely do about 12 repetitions) 3 times a week. Start with one set per exercise and increase the weight when it gets too easy. Since you don’t need to concentrate on calorie and fat burning, 20 minutes of a cardio workout like dance aerobics, a brisk walk, or gentle jogging 3-4 times a week is enough for cardiovascular fitness.

Endomorph: Rounder or somewhat pear shaped body and prone to holding more body fat especially from the hips below.

You tend to be predominantly tissue and so, need to burn calories and excess fat, so, more cardio activity (aerobics, dance, walking, jogging) every day, is for you. Since we tend to carry more weight in our lower body, do sculpting workouts using weights with an emphasis on below the weight and defining your figure. Squats, lunges are must!

Mesomorph: Big boned, muscular and athletic or thick set with a broad chest and narrow hips.
Think Naomi Cambell, you are predominantly muscle and so, naturally athletic looking. You need to maximize flexibility, maintain shape and tone without getting too bulky. Do a variety of stretch exercises and moderate aerobic activities. You just look at weights and gain muscle so, train with light weights for figure definition.

Do you see yourself up there? Okay so, maybe we can’t totally change our body type try as we may, however, we can do a lot to maximize it by working out and eating sensibly.
So, Love your body and it will love you right back..

Oyinkansola Talabi has been a fitness enthusiast for over 15 years and she is trained in Weight Management (FIE UK), Pilates ( Stott Pilates UK) and Kick boxing (Ian Fox training UK) and Performance coach ( Human Performance Institute USA). She has worked as a Personal Trainer since 2006 and founder of Bodyworks Personal Fitness Studio in Lekki Phase 1 opened in January 2009. The Studio offers personal training classes, fitness & nutrition consultations, daily group exercise classes and a personal Gym. She has featured on 96.9 Cool Fm, New dawn with Funmi Iyanda and Health Talks on Channels Television, NN24 and Studio 53 extra. She has written articles on fitness in Genevieve magazine and taken part in various True Love magazine workshops. She regularly hosts workshops for women at her studio in Lekki. she currently hosts "Living fit" on 97.3 classic FM (Mondays @ 2pm) and writes a weekly colum in The Saturday Guardian newspaper.

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