Some people argue that the somatotypes (endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph) aren’t real. While people are definitely different shapes and sizes, people say the “types” try to prove too much.
However, what I know is, I am short and stalky and I can build muscle easily and it is really hard to cut weight. Also, hours of cardio don’t do much for me. I used to really enjoy doing HIIT workouts but now (with the leg) I can’t do much. That said, I still like going to the gym and putting in work . Here are some of the things I do.
When it comes to recording numbers, creating a workout program, even notes and dietary programs I fell in love with the Bodybuilding.com Bodyspace app for your phone.
This thing does everything I want. I find a workout program with tips on how to perform the workout, taking notes, even recording what I lift. They even offer a day-to-day diet list. There are even social elements that allow you to post pictures and comment on or like other workouts. You can even buy supplements from the store.
One of the things I miss about being in the states is big cheap gyms. In Korea, gyms are fairly small and anywhere from 60 bucks and up a month. Because of this, I usually workout in a small cheap gym. Luckily my university had one for 10 bucks a month but it’s sparse as far as equipment and things to do.
Because of this, I have to find a program I can do with minimal equipment. One of my favorite go to programs especially for heavy lifting is the Dorian Yates Blood and Guts Training. I have been using that off and on for a while. Few sets, low reps, and high weights. Also, I try to go in six days a week with 2 rest days. The workout plans for 7 days and some days I will double up on smaller workouts. Also, a rest day doesn’t mean I am doing nothing. A rest day (right now) consists of 30-45 minutes of cardio on a bike.
Staying active and healthy is just as important now as it ever was. Eating right and working out is beneficial in so many ways. I am by no means a pinnacle of physical fitness but I am at least trying to go out there.
My biggest piece of advice is just to get out there and do something. Try. Start. Just do it. The hardest step is always the first one.