Hey guys! I know it's been quite a while since my last post... and some of you guys have been breathing down my neck about when I'll be posting a new one. So here it is, and it's a good one, or at least I hope you'll get some value out of it.
I've been talking to a friend of mine about his "new" workout and diet plan and some interesting issues started to come up as we dove deeper into it. Here's the scoop in a nutshell:
- He is an Ectomorph (more on this in a future post) which means he is naturally skinny and lean and has a tough time putting on any type of weight/muscle.
- He hired a trainer at his gym which can mean they're not necessarily certified and doesn't know what the heck they're doing. (You should always hire a certified personal trainer and check their credentials!)
- His trainer has him on weight gainer shakes (not a good idea).
- His trainer prevents him from doing any type of cardio (WTF!!!).
- He only lifts heavy weights (instructed by his trainer of course).
Most trainers and people who just assume they know about this stuff will write out a "prescription" for a "type" and just go with it blind but I say a big, giant NO to that. Why you ask? Because not all bodies are the same and not all people have the same metabolism or digestion or their muscle composition.
Just because someone is skinnypeople shouldn't automatically apply an ectormorph diet/exercise plan. You need to carefully assess which food groups agree with you and can help you gain weight/muscle naturally and gradually while maintaining a healthy heart and organs. And don't go lifting an insane amount of weight thinking it'll help you put on mass because that's NOT the truth! Your muscles need time to adjust and let them gradually work into the larger weights after they've matured.
Now, as you all know, I'm NOT a certified personal trainer nor am I a nutritionalist. So take these tips and advice as just friendly knowledge coming from a guy who loves to take great care of his body, inside and out and has been doing it for over 10 years.
Happy, healthy training!