Pre and Post Workout Nutrition for Specific Body Types

Pre and Post workout nutrition play a key role in one’s recovery and results when they begin a training regimen.  It is important to get a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats throughout your day in order to maintain a healthy body composition.  Based off of one’s body type, there can be a benefit from getting a specific amount of each pre and post workout, plus adding in proper supplementation during their workout.

The three different body types include the following:

Ectomorph - smaller frame, tends to be leaner, usually trying to gain muscle

Mesomorph - athletic build, medium-sized frame, usually trying to optimize physique or sports performance

Endomorph - larger frame, tends to have a slower metabolism, usually trying to lose fat or support strength

Below are three images to describe the portions sizes and timing of one’s pre and post workout meal.  You can see that all three body types can benefit from a source of protein and vegetables, but the main differences take place in the amount of dense carbohydrates and healthy fats one has.  

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An ectomorph can benefit from more carbohydrates and less fat; a mesomorph can benefit from a balance of both carbohydrates and fats; an endomorph can benefit from less carbohydrates and more healthier fats.

Proper supplementation during exercise can also aid in bettering one’s results and recovery.  The two that we highlight are BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and a Protein + Carbohydrate Drink (P+C Drink) during your workout.  BCAA’s help fuel and maintain your lean muscle. A P+C Drink is typically has a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio of protein to carbohydrates.

The amounts of each can vary depending on your training and body composition goals, which are highlighted in the diagrams above.  

As you are preparing for your next workout, take all the following into account.  Your body will thank you on the recovery end, and your results will increase at a better rate!

Written by: Megan Osysko

Why DEXA?

Owner of Bodymass Gym, Virginia, shares why she uses a DEXA Scan to not only track her own progress, but how she helps her clients understand the truths about body composition. 

For the past 4+ years I’ve used a DEXA scan as the primary method of tracking progress for myself and for my clients. Results have helped shape prep for 8 NPC Figure Competitions as well as post-show planning

In addition to providing results for your full body Percentage of Fat, a DEXA Scan also provides compartmentalized break down of lbs of fat mass, lbs of lean mass, lbs of bone and body fat percentages of various areas in your body

With detailed accuracy, a DEXA scan also provides comparisons on each printout so you can see exactly how your body is changing

Personally, I don’t pay attention to my weight or even percent body fat. I like to ensure I stay within a certain range for lbs of lean mass (aim for 120-125lb, although I’d like to have more 💪🏼) and a certain range of lbs of fat depending on where I am in a prepping phase.

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Stick to the Basics

Last week we talked about the Minimum Effective Dose for Strength Training.  This week, I want to follow up with The Basics.  

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The field of health and fitness is constantly evolving. Everyone wants to know the latest and greatest trend and they often want to see results immediately. Just like any training program you are involved in, it takes time, commitment, and determination, but it doesn’t take the latest and greatest trends to get you where you need to be. Dan John, MS, speaks “The Five Movements and the Order of Learning: How Using Gaps and Standards can Inform a Program.” He stresses the basics of a good strength training program and how, more often than not, less is more.

Principle One
“Mastery of the basic human movements trumps everything else for lean body mass quality and joint mobility.”

The Basics:
Push: Push-up
Pull: Horizontal Pull-up
Hinge: Kettlebell Swing
Squat: Goblet Squat
Loaded Carry: Farmer’s Walk

Principle Two
“Standards and gaps must be constantly assessed, in a reasonable approach.”

If you are looking to further challenge yourself and take your training to the next level, use these five pieces of equipment to really get the most benefit from your strength training program.

The Killer Apps:
Barbell: Deadlift and Press
Kettlebell: Goblet Squat, Swing, Turkish Get-up
TRX: Rows, T-Y-I Pulls
Ab wheel: Ab Wheel
Mini-band: Lateral Walks

When you attend a training session at Bodymass Gym, you will find our programming set around The Basics.  Strength training is often used to complement another goal you are trying to achieve, or simply help you be the best version of yourself each day. Talk with a trained professional, set up a program including the basics, stick to the plan, and watch your results unfold over the course of 4-6 weeks. 

Written By: Megan Osysko

Training Designed for a Stronger YOU!

Bodymass Gym is not like your cookie-cutter, over-crowded group exercise classes.  With no more than 10 individuals in a class, we pride ourselves on delivering results, progressive programming and individualized coaching.  All of our classes incorporate the principles of traditional strength training, focusing on correcting form, and practicing functional movements.  Training designed for a stronger YOU!

Another main focus at Bodymass Gym is educating our members on the importance of proper nutrition and supplementation before, during and after their workouts.  Without incorporating this component, optimal results are more difficult to achieve.  

Whether you are familiar with strength training, or have never touched a dumbbell in your life, at Bodymass Gym you are welcome in our doors.  We look forward to helping each individual that steps into the gym accomplish their goals, whatever they may be!

See you in the gym!

Written By: Megan Osysko

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