So… I’m an ectomorph and want to build my body. I’ve already licked diet and can gain weight, but what I’m looking for are real life body builders who are ectomorphs. Specifically: guys who won competitions and wrote books about their challenges and ways to build their body, because ectomorphs have to eat and even train differently than most people. Most advice I find is relatively useless to me (and tailored to endo or mesomorphs), which is why I’m asking.
A legit pro bodybuilder may start out as an ectomorph, but I’m prone to believe that they aren’t any longer if they are now a pro.
Dexter Jackson will speak about how, when he was young, he had to eat friend chicken and pizzas all the time in order to continue to gain weight. Now, though, he has to eat a pretty clean diet all the time.
I think this is a testament to how you can train your metabolism over time. I’m sure a lot of bodybuilders start out as some type of hardgainer, but I would doubt that a pro-level bodybuilder is still an ectomorph.
Skinny guys with fast metabolisms have to eat more than most people. And they need to train smarter, like all people.
Current height, weight, and bodyfat?
How much weight have you gained in the last 6 months?
Pray tell, what kind of advice have you been seeing that’s “useless” to you?
To somewhat answer your question, Frank Zane is typically used as the poster boy ectomorph, although he was competing and placing well in shows as a teenager. I have no idea which current pros would say they were/are “ectomorphs”.
I tend to agree with you but I’ve been over-training for a while.
Yesterday I went to the gym and today when I woke up I feel like I’m still drained, as though I’ve had no sleep.
Then I read about how ectomorphs are more prone to overtraining and need to train differently, hence why I’m asking.
I’ll look into the bodybuilders you guys mentioned thanks.
I won’t, however, post my diet and weight gain. everytime I do that guys are like “oh, ok, nvm, you’re doing fine”.
Overtraining is a state that causes a highly elevated resting heart rate, chronic fatigue, feeling physically and emotionally down all the time etc. You don’t overtrain your body in a week or in a month.
Just forget about the body types entirely, there is no such thing. Dividing the human body into three categories like that is an enormous over-simplification of the sum of genetics, background in physical activity, lifestyle etc. Genetics determine your rate of building muscle, not being an ectomorph or whatnot. Being tall only means that you need to build more muscle to look proportionately as muscular as a shorter guy. You don’t need to train any differently because you are tall or skinny compared to someone who is short and fat to begin with. Everyone will grow if they train hard and eat well.
@ Chris: You don’t think I’ve talked to other people besides people on this forum since 2014?
@ Furious: I don’t know what to tell you, I feel fatigued as shit right now, like I got no juice left. It may be because I’ve been cutting recently to lose all the fat I built up when on my diet but I can tell you this: training yesterday was rediculous. My heart rate was jacked and I felt terrible. Even now I’m still sweating trying to relax.
Then you might be the first one I encounter that actually is overtrained as they claim. Usually people have absolutely no idea what overtraining actually is. Sorry for my prejudice.
If that’s the case, you really need to calm down and take some time off of heavy lifting. I personally know three people who both suffered from a really bad state of overtraining, had a resting heart rate of 110-120 and could not do jack shit. Light cardio, a lot of sleep, rest and massaging or something like that for a few weeks works wonders unless you have built that up for 6-12 months.
Btw, how do I keep myself from overtraining again? A problem I seem to have is I don’t gain strength and muscle very fast (compared to my cousin. We go to the gym together. He’s an endo) so I always try to push myself but just end up overtraining.
Honestly you, in all likelihood, aren’t overtrained from that amount of volume/weight. How often do you feel exhausted like this? I think you definitely need to consume more calories but you should probably see a doctor if exhaustion and rapid heart beating continues, imo.