28 DAY EXERCISE TRIAL

Hey, it's fantastic to have you on board. This is your 28 day exercise trial and just a taster of a YBP programme! Our full plan includes a nutrition section with plenty of healthy recipes, plus health and lifestyle articles.

Our home programmes do contain some small pieces of equipment. If you do not wish to invest in these, then go to the alternative section at the bottom of the page and choose a different exercise for the same muscle group without equipment.

Tailored and efficient training, plus hard work gets results. No miracles, simply science.

Good luck!


 EXERCISE / BODY-TYPE INFO

You are an Ectomorph on a fat loss programme. Fortunately your body-type can lose fat easily but you may find that you lose muscle easily too, due to having predominately slow twitch muscle fibre. Therefore the focus for your body-type is to increase muscle tissue to keep your metabolism firing, which will in turn help you to lose fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.

The majority of your exercise plan is resistance training rather than cardio. It is a common thought process that when on a fat loss programme you should be doing lots of cardio, this is true for some body-types but for an Ectomorph this is the wrong approach. By overdoing the cardio element of your training you will break down too much muscle, which will slow down the rate at which you burn fat. You may have heard of the term skinny fat, this is the look of someone with your body-type who does too much cardio and not enough resistance training. Therefore a programme focussing on resistance training for an Ectomorph will gain the best fat loss results.

The type of movement you will be performing on a fat loss programme will consist of compound exercises. These are big movements which use lots of muscles at once therefore burning more calories, speeding up your metabolism and creating the correct hormonal response (boosting growth hormone and testosterone). We also keep the tempo and intensity of your workout higher and the rest periods shorter than any other goal, for the same reasons as previously mentioned. As an Ectomorph you will be working at a lower rep range than any other body-type, which avoids you depleting your glycogen stores and breaking down muscle.

At YBP we have researched and created the perfect ratio of resistance and cardio workouts for your body-type on a fat loss goal. We have specified how often to perform these workouts to get the best results. Every month the training concept will change (the concept is the way in which you perform your workouts). Within your concept we have tailored and specified the exact sets, rep ranges, duration, tempo, rest and intensity.


MONTHLY WORKOUT SCHEDULE

Below is our recommended order and number of workouts. Try to stick as close to this as possible. Always keep the order of the workouts the same even if you have to take days off. Ideally do not have more than one day off in a row.

 

 
Day 1 Workout One Day 15 Workout One
Day 2 Cardio Day 16 Cardio
Day 3 Rest Day 17 Rest
Day 4 Workout Two Day 18 Workout Two
Day 5 Rest Day 19 Rest
Day 6 Workout One Day 20 Workout One
Day 7 Rest Day 21 Rest
Day 8 Workout Two Day 22 Workout Two
Day 9 Cardio Day 23 Cardio
Day 10 Rest Day 24 Rest
Day 11 Workout One Day 25 Workout One
Day 12 Rest Day 26 Rest
Day 13 Workout Two Day 27 Workout Two
Day 14 Rest Day 28 Rest
 

DYNAMIC WARM-UP

The warm-up is to mobilise and prime your body, it should be specific to the exercise you are about to perform. We recommend 5 mins of gentle cardio to increase body temperature and blood flow to the muscles. Follow this with movements that mimic your exercises but at a slower pace with reduced intensity.
Try our basic warm-up or advanced version with a medicine ball.


RESISTANCE WORKOUT ONE

This concept is called Super Set Three, it consists of 3 blocks of 3 exercises. Perform 10 reps of the first 3 exercises back to back, this constitutes a set. Complete 3 sets in total (with a 1 minute rest in between each set), this completes a block. Rest for 3 minutes in between each block, there are 3 blocks in total. Remember to keep the weights heavy and challenging to elicit the correct hormonal and metabolic response. 

 

 

EXERCISE CONCEPT – SUPER SET THREE

Exercises in each set 3
Reps 10
Sets 3
Rest between sets 1 min
Rest between blocks 3 min
 

 

Before commencing your workout click here for technique advice on some of the big exercises.

Set One

SQUAT — Kettlebell

Stand with your feet wide, toes turned out slightly and hold a kettlebell in both hands. Bend the knees pressing them outwards into a sumo squat. Push your heels into the floor and extend your legs. Maintain neutral spine throughout.


 

CRUNCH

Lie on your back with your hands to head. Exhale as you curl up into a crunch, keep a slight gap under the chin and simultaneously tilt the pelvis under. Inhale and lower under control.


 

HAMSTRING CURL — Swiss Ball

Lie on your back with your legs straight, feet on a swiss ball and hips raised. Place your arms by your side for support. Bend the knees as you roll the ball towards you, do not allow the hips to lower. Extend the legs.


 

Set Two

ROW – Band

Stand with the opposite leg forward to working arm. Hold a band in 1 hand with the other end attached at chest height. Pull the band towards you keeping the elbow flared to the side. Rotate the torso as you pull.


 

SQUAT — Medicine Ball

Stand feet shoulder width apart and hold a medicine ball to your chest. Bend the knees into a deep squat, push the bottom backwards and maintain neutral spine. Press the heels into the floor as you extend the legs and press the ball overhead. Make sure your knees track inline with your toes.


 

PLANK

Begin in a plank position on your hands with your feet shoulder width apart. Engage your core, rotate the body and take your weight onto 1 hand, raise the other hand directly above you. Return to the plank position and alternate sides. Keep the hips lifted throughout.


 

Set Three

LUNGE — Dumbbells

Stand feet hip width apart and hold dumbbells to your side. Alternately lunge backwards until the back knee is just off the floor and both knees are at right angles. Keep the pelvis slightly tucked under so you do not over arch the back. Keep the body in an upright position.


 

AEROBIC / SQUAT JUMP

Begin standing with your feet together, jump and land in a wide squat with the feet and knees turned out slightly. Jump back together, keep the movement continuous.


 

LEG RAISES

Lie on your back with your legs raised and knees bent. Engage your core and maintain neutral spine as you lower 1 foot towards the floor on the inhale. Keep the knee bent and do not allow the lower back to over arch. Exhale as you raise and alternate legs.

 

RESISTANCE WORKOUT TWO

Perform this workout with the same exercise concept as workout one.

Set One

PRESS-UP

Begin in a press-up position on your knees, hands just wider than shoulder width and arms extended. Bend the arms, elbows flared to the side slightly and lower yourself until your chest is just off the floor. Extend the arms.


 

SQUAT — Dumbbells

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and dumbbells in each hand, held to the shoulders. Squat and push through the feet into a high jump, land back into a squat position and continue the movement.


 

BACK EXTENSION

Lie face down with your hands placed palms down next to your shoulders. Engage your core and raise your upper body off the floor. Use the muscles in your back to aid the movement rather than pushing through your hands and keep the head in line with the spine. Lower the body.


 

Set Two

LUNGE — Dumbbells

Stand feet hip width apart and hold dumbbells to your side. Alternately lunge forwards until the back knee is just off the floor and both knees are at right angles. Keep the pelvis slightly tucked under so you do not over arch the lower back. Keep the body in an upright position.


 

LATERAL FLEXION — Dumbbell

Stand feet shoulder width apart and hold a dumbbell in one hand. Laterally flex the body, lowering the dumbbell towards the floor, then pull over to the opposite side keeping your core engaged and shoulders retracted.


 

HAMSTRING CURL — Swiss Ball

Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on a swiss ball and arms by your side. Raise your hips then extend the legs rolling the ball away. Bend the knees and draw your feet towards your bottom, rolling the ball towards you. Lower the hips to the floor.


 

Set Three

CHEST PRESS — Swiss Ball / Dumbbells

Support your head and shoulders on a swiss ball and raise your hips. Hold dumbbells above you with your arms fully extended. Alternately bend your arms bringing the hands towards the shoulders with your elbows flared to the side.


 

LUNGE – Dumbbells

Stand with your feet together and dumbbells in each hand, held to the shoulders. Step laterally into a side lunge, keep the heels down, push the bottom back and allow the torso to hinge forwards slightly from the hips. Step together and repeat to the same side.


 

ROW – Band

Stand in a slight squat position with your shoulders retracted, arms extended and hold the band at chest height. Pull the band towards you with your elbows close to your side. Draw your shoulder blades down and together then extend the arms.

 

CARDIO WORKOUT

The cardio workout is split into 3 sections: Intervals, lactic acid removal phase, followed by a repeat of the intervals. You can use any piece of cardio equipment such as the cross trainer, treadmill, rower, bike or skipping rope. You can also combine equipment rather than performing the entire workout on one machine. If you are training at home, take a look at the video and choose a combination of cardio exercises to perform.


Intervals (pre LAR phase) – perform the required number of intervals. The sprint phase should be performed at 100%, the highest intensity possible and the rest phase should be performed at a low intensity to recover. For example on a cross-trainer increase the speed for the sprint phase then bring it back down on the rest phase, allowing you to recover.


Lactic acid removal phase – work at a consistent pace, but to the maximum intensity possible (you should not be able to hold a conversation) yet able to sustain it for the required length of time. The time is stated in minutes below the first table.


Intervals (post LAR phase) – perform the intervals again with the same format as the first section.
Enjoy!


 

 

CARDIO CONCEPT

Number of Intervals Sprints Rest
2 15 sec 45 sec
Lactic Acid Removal Phase - 18 minutes
2 15 sec 45 sec
Total Workout Time - 22 minutes
 

 

SPRINT PHASE

  

This video shows examples of cardio exercises to use when performing the sprint phase of your interval training. Choose one thats suits your level.

 

REST PHASE

This is the recovery phase. Choose from marching on the spot, an easy jog or a combination of the two. 

 


STRETCHES

Hold each position for 1 minute and increase the length of time on particularly tight muscles.

GLUTES & BACK

Lie on your back with your arms stretched out wide, take one knee across your body and apply gentle pressure drawing the knee towards the floor. 


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GLUTES

Lie on your back and place your foot onto the opposite knee. Press the top knee outwards as you clasp the underneath leg and draw it towards you. 


BACK

Sit back onto your heels and simultaneously reach your hands forward with your forehead resting on the floor.
 


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ABDOMINALS

Lie prone (on your front) and place your hands beneath your shoulders. Press into the floor, straighten your arms and raise your body. 


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HIP FLEXOR

In a half kneeling position tuck your pelvis under, squeeze your glutes and press your hips forward. 
 


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QUADS

Draw your foot towards your bottom. Squeeze your glutes, tuck your pelvis under and keep your knees together. 

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HAMSTRINGS & CALF

Raise your foot onto a surface and lean your body forward. Flex the foot bringing the toe towards you.


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CALF

Lean into a wall, extend the back knee and press the heel into the floor. Ensure both feet are in a parallel position. 


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LATERAL

Place one foot behind the other and reach the same arm (as back leg) overhead. To increase the stretch lean laterally.

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UPPER BACK

Place your hands together and reach forward. Drop your head between your arms and curve your upper back.
 


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CHEST

Place your forearm onto a wall, creating right angles at the shoulder and elbow joints. Apply pressure into the wall and turn your torso away. 


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TRICEP

Take one arm overhead and bend at the elbow. Apply pressure with the opposite hand and keep the head raised. 


ALTERNATIVE EXERCISES

Use this section to replace specific exercises in your programme which do not work for you. This may be due to not having the correct equipment, the exercise being too challenging / not challenging enough, or possibly due to an injury. Click on the links below to find alternative exercises for the same body part or movement.