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BEAT YOUR BODY TYPE

Most people have a pretty clear idea of the results they’re after with their exercise and how they’d like to look, but is achieving an ideal body an option for everyone? 'Ideal', of course, means different things to different people, but is everything up for grabs for us all, or are there limits to what you can achieve with your training, based on the shape you’re born with?

Since the 1940s, body types have been broadly classified into three types. There's the ectomorphs: lean and long, with difficultly building muscle. Then you have the endomorphs: big, often pear shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat.

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