The Best Weight Training For Your Body Type

By Myprotein Writer Paul Jowsey


Designing a work out plan for your fitness goals needs more consideration than just copying your athlete friend or that bodybuilding guy in the gym.

Yes, most work out plans and splits can work for a wide variety of people but to truly reap the benefits it needs to be specific to you and your body.

We all have different body types with different origin and insertion points of muscle and different muscle lengths, limb lengths etc.

All of our metabolisms fire and work slightly differently person to person so a one size fits all approach doesn’t always bring you the results you want.

A workout and diet plan needs to be tailored for YOU.

Start by finding out which body type you have…


3 Main Body Types



1) Ectomorph:


The classic ‘hard gainer’.


– Finds it hard to gain weight


– Typically low body fat


– Small skeletal frame


– Small joints and long limbs


– Fast metabolism


– Hard to gain weight or muscle.




2) Endomorph:


Typically bigger.


– Gains weight easily.


– Typically has a soft body


– Stores more body weight


– Wider, bigger joints


– Shorter limbs


– Slower metabolism


– Naturally thicker set


– Hard to lose weight





3) Mesomorph:

Gains muscle and loses weight easily.


– Naturally broad set


– Wider joints


– Athletic and muscular


– Naturally strong


– Long and round stomach


– Responds quicker to resistance training then Ectomorphs.




Each of these 3 types all need slightly different exercise plans to fit their body types in order to achieve desired results.

Following the right plan based upon your body type combined with a good clean diet, smart supplementation and consistency will lead the way to becoming a much fitter version of yourself!

See below for body type exercises and brief diet plans…

– Exercise for your body type –



Ectomorphs need to focus their efforts on heavy, compound-based work outs and have less of a focus on isolation exercises.


– Deadlifts

– Squats

– Bent over rows

– Dips

– Bench press

– Shoulder press

– Leg presses



These are an example of some main movements to focus on, with progressive overload and a 6-10 rep range.

Take longer rest periods:  2-5 minutes rest if lifting heavier weights and really overload to stimulate muscle fibres and growth.





– Don’t be afraid of carbohydrates: this is more so important for pre and post work out nutrition. An example carbohydrate would be Instant oats – these are high Glycaemic Index (GI) carbohydrates for quicker digestion.

– High protein to support muscle repair and growth

– Don’t shy away from healthy fats e.g. avocado, fish, nuts.

– Eating protein before bed keeps your body topped up with fuel for overnight recovery and remains in an anabolic state/

Recommended supplements:


Myprotein Creatine Monohydrate

Increase your strength to power through heavy-weight workouts.


Impact Whey Protein:

Essential for contributing to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. This supplement is very versatile – you can have it any time of day – with breakfast, as a snack e.g. in pancakes, muffins, etc. Highly recommended!



Branch Chain Amino Acids are ideal for muscle recovery. BCAA tablets or powder can help your muscles fibres repair after they are torn following strenuous workouts. This recovery allows for additional muscle growth to layer on top of healed muscle fibres. Great!Myprotein ZMA



Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6. This combination, available in convenient capsule form, contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and muscle function. In addition, it also helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and the regulation of hormonal activity.




Endomorphs are more suited to full body, compound heavy, high volume and frequency resistance training teamed with regular cardiovascular exercise. Bit of a mouthful!


Circuit training

– Full body routines focusing on large muscle groups e.g. back and legs to stimulate the most muscle and burn most calories.


:Use high reps, about 15-20: keep the rest periods to about 45-60 seconds to keep the heart rate elevated throughout.


– Cardio should be performed most days: LISS (Low Intensity Steady State Cardio) and/or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) depending on current fitness levels, looking for at least 30 minutes per day.



– Be strict with your calorie intake, need to ensure expend more calories than you consume.

– Eat 5-6 smaller meals to control blood sugar levels, prevent over eating and hunger, with small carb intake. Always include high protein in these meals to slow the release of glycogen into the blood stream, regulating blood sugar levels.

– Keep fats in the diet but to a minimum e.g. – fish, nuts, nut butters, avocado etc.


Omega 3


Recommended supplements:


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Impact Diet Whey Protein:

An essential, versatile supplement that can be used as a breakfast, snack or meal-replacement depending on serving size. Myprotein’s Impact Diet Whey Protein provides a low carbohydrate, high protein formula with added Green Tea Extract to contribute to the maintenance and growth of muscle mass in addition to helping the individual lose the desired goal of weight/fat.


Omega 3 Fish oil:

The super supplement! Omega 3 fish oil has been pointed out by many, many health and fitness sources as something that reduces joint pain and contributor to normal function of the heart. It has also been speculated to contribute to increased metabolism with a by-product of a higher rate of weight loss. Omega 3 fish oil is available as an oil or for convenience, in small soft gels.


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Mesomorphs are suited to classic muscle building work outs and muscle group splits during a training week due to their naturally muscular frame.

Performing cardio once or twice a week will help control the body fat gain, more so than other body types. However, if you are a Mesomorph and wish to do more cardio in a training week, it shouldn’t jeopardise your muscle gains – feel free to add a little extra in! +


Use classic muscle building splits such as:


Legs:Barbell Squat


* Leg press

* Leg extension

* Leg curl

* Lunges

* Squats etc.




Bent over row


* Lat pull downs

* Bent over rows

* Low rows

* Pull ups

* Deadlifts etc.




Chest Fly


* Chest press

* Chest flys

* Cable flys

* Bench press

* Push ups, etc.





* Bicep curls

* Tricep extensions

* Tricep pull downs

* Hammer curls, etc.

*Tricep kickbacks


Shoulder Press



* Shoulder press

* Side lateral raises

* Barbell rows

* Military Press etc.

* Front raises



:3 sets 8-12 reps 60-90secs rest period.


Cardio can be either LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) or HIIT (High Intenstity Interval Training), building up to 30 minutes.

Performing HIIT is definitely a goal to work upto as it is classed as more favourable form of exercise to burn body fat.




As you tend to gain weight and/or muscle quickly:

– Keep protein intake high

– Load up on carbs both pre and post work out

– Consume smaller, regular meals e.g between 5 – 8


Recommended supplements:


BCAA:Myprotein BCAA

Branch Chain Amino Acids are ideal for muscle recovery. BCAA tablets or powder can help your muscles fibres repair after they are torn after strenuous workouts. This recovery allows for additional muscle growth to layer on top of the healed fibres. Great!


Impact Whey Protein:

Essential for contributing to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. This supplement is very versatile – you can have it any time of day – with breakfast, as a snack e.g. in pancakes, muffins, etc. Highly recommend!

Myprotein Protein Chox bars


Protein Chox Snack Bars:

A delicious snack and high protein content in one! These high protein snacks contain 22g of protein, contributing to your goals of maintaining/growing muscle mass. Flavours include: Caramel peanut, Cookies and Cream and Maple Pecan!



Take Home Message


Choose what suits your body best using specific sets, reps and rest periods that have different effects upon your work out.

Don’t follow the crowd – take away these tips and create a fitness plan what works for you.

Use smart supplementation, work hard, be consistent and results will come…

Good luck!








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