A simple search of the web for any type of workout will return a million different results. This only makes sense because there are a million types of people in a million stages of fitness with a million different goals and opinions.
A Workout Plan Specifically for Ectomorphic Body Types
How is a guy to find the perfect pre-made workout plan for just him? Sorry to say, but the truth is, he probably won’t. The problem is in the word “pre-made”.
Sure, there are a plethora of killer “Back Workouts”, “Boulder Shoulder Workouts”, “Workouts for a Bigger Chest” and so on and they do contain useful information, that’s why Skinny Yoked publishes them. By the way, we know what we talk about, below is a shameless selfie from our Editor:
In addition we publish workout routines researched from some of the famous skinny yoked aesthetic bodybuilders including:
We researched these men’s routine to share with our readers so that they:
A. have an idea of at least part of what it takes to build a truly great physique and
B. because while they may not be PERFECT for you, there will always be bits and pieces you can steal from them to construct a workout routine that IS perfect for you and your body type.
Only an endomorph, someone with the “golden” body type, could probably do someone else’s workout and reap the gains they’re seeking. That’s not to say being ectomorph can’t be a blessing in disguise, but we have to be more selective in our training.
For everyone else though, especially ectomorphs, we have to draw the best of many worlds to carve out a functionally fit physique we’re satisfied with and that can impress.
So, if there is no one-size-fits-all plan, how is an ambitious skinny hard gainer like yourself supposed to go about planning your workout? Well, it’s a lot like cooking.
First you compile your list of required ingredients, then you learn how to prepare them, then you cook them properly and enjoy their delicious rewards. So with thinking of our body as the main course, let’s get cooking some ectomorph gains.
1. Draw Inspiration from Both Powerlifting and Bodybuilding
Skinny Yoked is a firm believer in bodybuilding routines that borrow from functional powerlifting and weightlifting worlds as well. That is, we are firm believers you will experience more aesthetic gains combining both strength and hypertrophy training together than just doing one or the other alone.
After all, to be functionally fit while being aesthetic is the ultimate incarnation of being skinny yoked.
Why? Strength training is heavily focused on establishing a motor response to central nervous system stimulation. It’s a precise sport of concentrated bursts. Of course muscles are taxed and grow, but execution, form and fast-twitch efficient movements are the focus. The goal is to move as heavy weight as possible as efficiently as possible.
A bodybuilder on the other hand does not want to be efficient. Bodybuilders want to make every exercise slow, difficult and excruciating in order to pump the muscle full of blood and stimulate hypertrophy.
The efficiency and weight of the movement aren’t the focus, building up a targeted muscle group through exhausting it is.
Combining both will increase strength and size, increase testosterone levels, and keep workouts fresh and exciting, eliminating dreaded plateaus. You’ll gain mass like a mofo and also be aesthetic AF.
Watch this awesome interview Omar did on the benefits of combining both high weight low rep strength training with hypertrophy bodybuilding type workouts. A great snippet is when he says:
“It is not a binary decision, including a spectrum of rep ranges is critical for building muscle.”