Do you look around the gym thinking, will I truly be able to have that body by the work that I’m doing now? Or even question whether your workout plan despite your motivations will get you the results that you are looking for?
Nutrition is key to changing your body composition and a Health Coach can help you to identify and other blind spots that may also be hindering your success however, checkout my top tips on creating your own plan.
Step 1: Create a customized fitness plan according to your body type
Ectomorphs: Typically identified by being narrow in the shoulder & long lean limbs
Do you have difficulty in gaining body mass? You may benefit from having the naturally higher metabolism but weight gain is a challenge. Ectomorphs do very well in endurance sports such as long distance running, swimming and tennis, however looking after nutrition, supplementing with extra good fats & protein, getting enough rest, whilst incorporating shorter bursts of resistance exercise will give good results for increasing your build.
Mesomorphs: Typically identified by a square more athletic physique
Mesomorphs have a good muscle mass & respond very fast to fitness regimes. If you found you didn’t have to work that hard in the gym to gain muscle you could be a Mesomorph. Watching nutrition well and mixing up your sports so your body doesn’t get too used to your fitness regime will give you great results
Endomorphs: Generally shorter build and rounder in the middle, strong legs then tend to be chunkier on top
You will have a challenge in weight loss due to your slower metabolism. Watching your nutrition including not over eating later in the day when the digestive system is slower is key, coupled with an exercise program that mixes cardio and resistance will give you great results.
Step 2: Create a customized fitness plan according to how you want to achieve your fitness goals
What are your goals and what type of fitness are you choosing to achieve them? There are 3 types of fitness training that you may want to focus or combine to get your results.
Flexibility: Being able to move your body parts with ease, having difficulty touching your toes? Tight hips or hamstrings? Incorporating time for static stretches, yoga or pilates can increase your ability to move freely
Resistance training: Want to look ‘toned’ or have ore definition? For this aesthetic appearance, you will need to gain muscle and then burn fat to see it. Hence ‘abs are made in the kitchen’, however building the muscle will require a workout that applies force. Before you jump straight to the heaviest weight, consider if you can lift or even push your own body weight with ease first. If you can do pushups or pull ups with ease, no need to add extra weight and potentially get an injury. The more muscle you build from resistance training the higher your metabolism will be to burn the fat to get the aesthetic appearance you require.
Cardio. The ability for the body to pump oxygenated blood and absorb around the body is achieved this way.
If you are looking to compete for a sport, then you may need to ‘clock your miles’ in that particular area. However, to many people are doing hours on treadmill, road or even machines hoping to burn fat and get ‘toned’.
Cardio is great for general fitness and head to your resistance training for the most effective ‘fat burn’.
Combining your body type, fitness enjoyments and goals together will put you well on track to get the results you require.
As a Health Coach, I work with fitness professionals and you on the bigger picture of health in helping you to achieve your goals through customization. You will see that one health plan will not suit all. Engage a fitness coach to help you achieve your fitness goals with your very own customized fitness plan.