Since you have the ectomorph body type and are considered a hard gainer it’s hard to get over the mentality of working hard to build muscle mass and gain weight. There is a delicate balance between enough and too much working out. You don’t want to damage your bodies nervous system by over training, which could potentially cause your results to come to a screeching halt and hitting a dreaded plateau.
If you play the work smart role and not the work hard role that most hard gainers play in the gym the odds of you seeing lasting results are much higher. Since most hard gainers don’t see results in the first couple weeks they tend to train even harder to get the results, which has an adverse effect on the body by not getting you the results at all.
When it comes to being an ectomorph and getting the best workout let me share with you some valuable strategies that will help you avoid common roadblocks.
1st, this might sound obvious or even beginner, but it’s insanely important that you make sure to properly warm up and loosen your muscle groups prior to exercising. So many people just walk in the door of the gym and start working out without warming up. This ends up putting excess strain on your muscles and can actually cause you more harm than good.
Second, most people who are looking to build muscle mass thing that they need to avoid cardio because it will burn excess calories. However, doing the proper cardio will allow hard gainers such as yourself to build muscular endurance and burn fat at rest. This is how you will gain that ripped lean muscle that all ectomorphs are looking for.
3) Allow plenty of “rest” time between sets. Heavier weights lead to greater strain for muscles. Longer rest periods allow time for your system to recover from what you’ve just finished.
4) Make ectomorph strength training sessions brief but have them often. Short sessions that provide high intensity and extremely targeted workouts work best.
These are the types of workouts that are best for an ectomorph so make sure that your routine is tailored to your specific goals and needs. Eating complex carbs before workouts will help you give your body extra fuel to build muscle and implementing more lean proteins, greens vegetables, and low sugar fruits 5-6x a day will help with weight gain.
If you continue to incorporate these tips into your workout you’ll see real results in the mirror over time that are sure to please. You will have to do some things that others aren’t willing to do. When you do these, you’ll also get what they won’t.