If you are just starting out, I recommend strength training for fastest muscle gain and to build a solid foundation.
Strength training holds slightly different definitions across several fields. In bodybuilding, the goal of strength training, as its name suggests, is all about building strength.
On the other hand, the aim of bodybuilding is to increase muscle size and definition, not strength. So why do I still recommend strength training for ectomorph beginners?
How is Strength Training Done?
In bodybuilding, strength training is conducted at low reps (5 or fewer) and constitute compound exercises such as bench presses, squats, deadlifts etc.
However, I recommended in my article “how to build muscles” that the moderate rep range (5-10) is the optimum range for muscle building. Why the contradiction? Read on.
Benefits of Strength Training For Ectomorph Beginners
1. Maximize your muscle growth
For ectomorphs to gain significant muscle gains, you must do compound exercises. Compound exercises work several parts of your body, and this in turn will recruit more muscle fibers. By working more muscle fibers, you maximize your muscle gains.
Furthermore, you can only blast these muscle fibers by doing heavy weights from compound exercises! Not by the light weights of simple isolation exercises.
2. Allows you to progressively overload
Strength training builds up your strength, and that is how you can progressively overload. Only by exposing your muscles to unaccustomed stress will they grow.
3. Taxes your central nervous system
If you do not know, your muscles grow not only by being exposed to unaccustomed stress, they also grow via the effects of growth hormones and testosterone.
Strength training overloads your central nervous system, and this causes it to send signals to release more growth hormones and testosterone (anabolic hormones).
4. Creating a good foundation
As the name suggests, strength training will help you to build a good foundation by working several different parts of your body. In the future, you could do heavier weights for isolation exercises to achieve more defined muscle cuts.
5. Strength training is intense
High intensity overloads your central nervous system and forces the release of more growth hormone and testosterone. Furthermore, an intense workout is shorter, since you will feel fatigue faster, and this will help save some precious calories.
Note: Duration and intensity of a good workout routine is inversely related, meaning it should be short and intense.
If you still do not understand why I recommend strength training for beginners, it is because this form of training will help you establish a rock solid foundation in weight training.
Just for sharing purposes, Reg Park and Arnold Schwarzenegger both started off as powerlifters, and in Arnold’s case a competitive Olympic weight lifter. They could both deadlift over 700lbs!
In their cases, strength training created a rock solid platform for these two legends to push on and become two of the best bodybuilders the world has ever seen.
This is why I recommend strength training for beginners, and this training methodology underpins the beginner gym workout routine I have created on this site.