Ensuring you receive the right type of training is dependent upon a number of factors.
Firstly, what do YOU want to achieve? Increased lean muscle mass, weight loss, endurance, improved performance in a given sport or recovery / control of a health related issue?
Secondly, everything we do together is supported by diet and nutrition, so we need to assess the demands of daily life to make sure you are getting the nutrition that your body needs.
Finally, body type is a key factor in achieving your goals.
Hate it or love it, specific body types are a reality that has an impact on your training regimen. Understanding them can be a useful tool to overcoming physical barriers. Take for example the proverbial “Skinny Sticks and Bones” guy who can’t even gain an ounce of muscle no matter what training routine he is attempting. In this case, it takes dedication and commitment if the goal is muscle growth. Then, there are the people who seem to just be gifted, adding on muscle with greater ease despite eating burgers and fries everyday and seemingly not to gain much fat. Yes there are body types that are empowering, allowing you to train with greater intensity, frequency and all the while adding on muscle and strength easier. The three main body types are the Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph. However you should note that not everyone is JUST one body type. There are mixes of a few body types. For example you can be in-between an Ectomorph and Mesomorph, or an Endomorph and a Mesomorph. I can help assess your physical leanings and work with you to design the right plan for your goals.
This is a common body type which is characterized by a thin build with relatively little muscle and fat as well. People with this body type have a tough time gaining any kind of weight, muscle or fat. Also, for most cases this body type is not able to take a high amount of athletic/training stress (i.e. Heavy amounts of weight training, cardio etc.).
The advantage to this body type is the minimal fat gain that one will experience while trying to put on muscle because for most cases this body type has a high metabolism.
This is the opposite of the Ectomorph, that is a body type which is more large and rounded body. Usually the fat levels are high but these people do carry a bit more muscle than the Ectomorphs.
The Endomorph usually has trouble losing weight, particularly fat. However they have an easier time gaining muscle as well as fat. Most people in this type have a slow metabolism, hence their high body fat percentage.
This is the best of both worlds. These people are athletic and are characterized by a muscular frame with relatively low amounts of body fat. They don’t have much trouble losing fat and at the same time they can gain muscle easily. They too like the Ectomorph have a higher metabolism that keeps their fat levels in check.