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Ectomorph Workout - Are Supplements Necessary For An Ectomorph Workout?

December 1, 2008 by John Wheeler · 2 Comments
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Are supplements necessary in an ectomorph workout?

This is actually an important question. Many ectomorphs when they first start performing a regular workout wonder whether they should be taking supplements, how many, what kinds, etc. etc.

While supplements are fine and can be beneficial, they are not the panacea of bodybuilding and gaining muscle that the magazines would have us believe.

Supplements Are Just That…Something To Supplement Your Diet

I believe that too much emphasis is placed on the importance and value of supplements in modern bodybuilding - the supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry so you can understand the proliferation of hype.

However, in correct proportion, supplements can be beneficial in an ectomorph workout. Supplements should only be used as the name suggests - to supplement your diet, and provide your muscles with the nutrients that it is too difficult to consume in your normal meals. Sticking to a good Protein supplement is often more than enough for beginners and intermediates.

You Can Gain Muscle Without Supplements

You can actually gain muscle without the use of supplements at all. Look at Charles Atlas, he was once regarded as having the world’s best body, and he never took any supplements. But, the key is in having a fantastic diet focused on protein-rich and carbohydrate-rich foods, with a healthy supply of good fats.

Read my article here for more info on an ectomorph diet

The secret to the ultimate ectmorph workout diet can be found here ==> Ectomorph Workout Diet

Ectomorph Workout - The Ectomorph Workout That Helps Skinny Guys Gain Mass

September 19, 2008 by John Wheeler · 1 Comment
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Ectomorph Workout - The Ectomorph Workout That Helps Skinny Guys Gain Mass

Ectomorph Workout - The Ectomorph Workout That Helps Skinny Guys Gain Mass
By John Wheeler

If you find it hard to pack on weight and muscle, or have a naturally slight frame with long slender muscles, then you are more than likely the classic ectomorph - or “hardgainer”, in bodybuilding jargon.

Don’t worry though, it is suggested that between 60-85% of folks fall into the ectomorph category, which is also why a lot of folks get frustrated when performing workouts at the gym. You see, most of what you read in the bodybuilding magazines is not ideal for the ectomorph and hardgainer. So what happens is folks follow the workouts in the magazines not realising that they’re often hampering and delaying their success.

So if we can’t trust the magazines to give us a great ectomorph workout, then what can we do?

Well, the good news is that the ideal ectomorph workout doesn’t require you to train 5 or 6 days a week, nor does it require you to spend hours every day. You should be able to complete the ectomorph workout within an hour or so.

There’s no need to spend hours every day focusing on one body part like some workouts…you know the kind that go…Monday is Chest Day, Tuesday is Back Day, Wednesday is Legs Day…etc. What these kinds of workouts do is get you to expend 60-80% effort through the whole workout, because 100% effort would result in exhaustion before you finish. That doesn’t make much sense.

They also cause you to workout each muscle group only once per week, whereas 3 good all-body ectomorph workouts per week would result in 3 times the muscle growth and development.

The ectomorph workout will look to build multiple muscle groups simultaneously, therefore the ectomorph workout focuses on the classic “big basic” exercises of

Squats,

Bench Press,

Deadlifts,

Bicep Curls,

Bent Over Rows

Woodchoppers, etc.

Remember we want functionality as well as growth. These big basic exercises help you to develop a great total body physique, rather than isolating biceps, or pecs or whatever.

Less Is More - what I mean is that in your ectomorph workout, you want to focus on high quality reps (between 8-12) and low numbers of sets (between 1-3). Anyone who tells you to do 6 sets of 12 reps is not giving you good advice for an ectomorph workout. If you’re able to do 6 sets of 12 reps on an exercise then you’re not putting out enough effort. Gaining muscle mass for the ectomorph comes from high-intensity low-volume training - i.e. 100% effort on less sets.

Eat Big To Get Big - eating well and consuming the right amount of calories is the biggest stumbling block an ectomorph faces in their workouts and ability to gain mass. The recommended daily calorie intake for a person is between 2000 - 2500. However, many ectomorphs see this and think that this applies to them too. BIG mistake! Weight gain and weight loss is all about caloric deficits - simply put, to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume, and to gain weight you need to consume more calories than you burn .

Finding the right ectomorph workout is imperative if you want to build muscle and gain mass quickly. See how “Skinny Vinny” overcame his horrible genes and packed on over 41 pounds of rock hard muscle in 6 months ==> Ectomorph Workout

Check out my FREE guide on the Top 20 Ectomorph Workout Mistakes ==> Ectomorph Workout

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