HYPERTROPHY TRAINING FOR THE ECTOMORPH PDF

Most traditional muscle-building programs simply do not work for naturally skinny guys. If you're an ectomorph, there are different rules for you. Disobey these rules and say goodbye to any chance of head-turning hypertrophy. When people use the term "hardgainer," they're usually referring to us ectomorphs, but they're not the same thing. But being an ectomorph — tall, long limbs, fast metabolism — is a real thing.

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The classic ectomorph is the ultimate underdog in the iron world. That was the scrawny to brawny strategy in the s, but as time has passed, the basic rules of bodybuilding have evolved, and come full circle a few times. Along with this so-called curse come a number of myths centered around what the perpetually skinny should do to gain size. Long-held beliefs that have been repeated until taken as truth have sold a lot of magazines.

Some of those myths have also functioned as an excuse for those who struggle, letting them off the hook so they feel less inferior. But some of the perceived disadvantages of the ectomorph can be turned into powerful weapons of progress. Below are a few common myths you may have adopted as doctrine. As you will see, many of these attributes can be used to your advantage. The old belief is to train less often than the average lifter. The thought process was that you wanted to be careful of overtraining and outstripping your ability to recover.

Ectomorphs were thought of as fragile and breakable, so infrequent training was prescribed to allow for ample rest and growth. The Reality: But the fact that an ectomorph has a high metabolism is a good thing.

This means you have a higher protein turnover rate, more protein synthesis, and superior recovery ability. The real key is to support this higher metabolism with proper nutrition , so you can grow at a faster rate. Skinny guys were told to always lift heavy, preferably in low rep ranges. The heavier the better. Low reps and big weight build muscle better than lighter weights and higher reps, so the notion went. Muscle failure is the goal. Yes, train heavy, but that is relative.

More focus should be on achieving failure. Use a mix of rep ranges to expose your muscles to a variety of stimuli. This one was paired with the idea of always lifting heavy. The belief was that you needed large amounts of rest between sets five or more minutes! That way, you could give each set maximum effort.

Hypertrophy is best achieved with short to moderate rest periods of around one to two minutes. Yes, you will build some muscle with longer rest periods, but you want to optimize and prioritize your time in the gym. Ectomorphs were told to only use the big, compound lifts. Squats, presses, deadlifts, and the like were the only weapons of choice. The fact is that some isolation lifts are of great value. Be sure to include barbell curls, lying triceps extensions, calf raises, front raises, and posterior deltoid lateral raises, just to name an important few.

This one comes from the fragility mindset; that all ectomorphs are somehow little delicate flowers, constantly in danger of breaking. Training to failure, we were told, would send you into a downward spiral of overtraining and burnout. Without it, you give the body no reason to grow and improve. Build more resilience so you can tolerate more work, not less.

Make training to failure an integral part of your program. When not in the gym, ectomorphs were told to conserve as much energy as possible for recovery and growth.

No bike rides, no walks in the park, and certainly no spontaneous sports activity. Besides, what kind of life would you lead if all you did was lift and then act like a couch potato for the rest of the day? Live your life, stay active, and you can still build muscle. You must keep those numbers climbing. Progression is the glue that holds the universe together.

Do it at all costs! It will ebb and flow just like everything else in life, and your progression in the gym is no different. The important thing is to stay consistent. It was thought that too much intensity, along with too much weight or frequency, would simply cripple the pound weakling. Intensity is the driver of muscular failure and, subsequently, progress in the gym.

The classic ectomorph myth was that you must stuff yourself with anything and everything. This one, sadly, is still alive and well today. Not only do you need to ensure you are getting the correct amounts of macronutrients to grow, but you need to maintain your overall health. Be sure to get in quality, balanced foods; plenty of protein, complex carbs, and some healthy fats. Those are just some of the more common myths. Together, they managed to scare a lot of skinny guys into training less, with less intensity and variety, and to adopt a low-quality, glutinous diet.

Take heed, hardgainers everywhere! Do not listen to the naysayers; you are much more resilient than you think. Take advantage of your so-called weaknesses and turn them into your strengths. Check out these simple workouts and fun exercises that can be done at-home with makeshift or no equipment at all.

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The Ectomorph Workout Program: Building Muscle for the 'Skinny Guy'

When it's game time, are you usually the last one picked? Are you often referred to as the "skinny guy? If so, you are probably an ectomorph. An ectomorph is a person with a classic skinny-guy body frame, usually above average in height, with smaller joints and longer limbs. Ectomorphs often have difficulty gaining weight they are "hard gainers". If Michael Phelps didn't work out, he'd look like an ectomorph—lean frame with long limbs. Take heart.

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Hypertrophy Training For The Ectomorph: Program Design And The 10-8-6-15 Program

The classic ectomorph is the ultimate underdog in the iron world. That was the scrawny to brawny strategy in the s, but as time has passed, the basic rules of bodybuilding have evolved, and come full circle a few times. Along with this so-called curse come a number of myths centered around what the perpetually skinny should do to gain size. Long-held beliefs that have been repeated until taken as truth have sold a lot of magazines.

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Most exercise programs are designed for overweight guys. Even most lifting programs are designed for overweight guys. Thing is, most guys intuitively overeat, and so year after year, they gain pound after pound study. Skinny guys are different. But once we start bulking, we can usually gain muscle more quickly than any other body type.

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