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Fit 4 Life | Target Your Body Type

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon


When training, it is important to pay attention to your body type, and match the training to it. Body types are broken into three categories - ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs. It is also important to note that most people have traits from multiple categories.

Here is a quick guide:


Square torso with wide waist and large hips; high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat

Here's what to do: A mix of strength training with regular high intensity interval training (HIIT)/cardio workouts is recommended. Keep rest between sets minimal.


Wide shoulders, narrow hips and small joints; muscular and well-built

Here's what to do: Train to maintain. Avoid overtraining and do moderate HIIT/cardio workouts. Focus on power moves.


Lean and long, with narrow shoulders and hips and difficulty building muscle; fast metabolism

Here's what to do: Keep intense cardio such as HIIT at a minimum and avoid overtraining. Focus on compound movements - exercises that involve more than one muscle group.