Exercise Right for Your Blood Type

Des Depass , a personal fitness trainer who employs the concepts of Eat Right 4 Your Type® and the GenoType® Diet with his clients. He says that when clients exercise right for their type, he notices extreme examples of body change – usually in the direction that they are looking for.

“Some people say, ‘I want to slim down’ or ‘I want to bulk up’ or whatever they want to do with their body. As long as they follow their diet, they are capable of accomplishing that. It’s perfect! Everyone gets exactly what they are looking for.”

He first learned about the program from his mother, who practices Holistic Detoxification, Colon Therapy and is also a Massage Therapist. “She had gone to see Dr. D’Adamo and when she came back, she handed me Eat Right 4 Your Type®and said that I have to start eating differently,” Des explains, “I am blood type O and had been eating closer to my mother’s type A vegetarian style.”

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Des always thought red meat was unhealthy and would ultimately cause cancer. Once he started to learn about blood type and digestion, he began to gradually follow the type O diet. The real turning point came a year and a half ago when he went to Italy to train an athlete for a fencing tournament.

“She was badly out of shape and needed help. This was when I first tested the GenoType® Diet. She and I are both Explorers, so we both followed the same eating program. I cooked all the food and trained her twice a day and by the end of ten days, everyone was wondering what I had been doing! She looked completely different in such a short period of time – it defied logic. From that day forward, I was hooked.”

Here are some Blood Type specific workout tips from Des.

Blood Type O – I prescribe heavy lifting and anything where they can do short bursts of extreme energy. For cardio, lift lighter weights without letup for a 15 minute burst. I work them as hard as they can and then break for a few minutes.

Type O sample workout:

For exercise that tones, try circuit training. It’s an amazing form of cardio that combines calesthetics and weight lifting and keeps your heart pumping hard the whole time. The more exercises you can string together, the better. Use light to medium weights. Learn to keep your heart rate up and you will find that you can easily cut down lots of body fat that will be noticeable right away. Be sure to eat lots of beneficial food after these workouts or you will find yourself wanting to crash and sleep for an hour afterwards.

An example of a circuit would be:

  • Body weight squats (You may add a dumbbell or two or a barbell if you’d like to make it more difficult.)
  • Pushups
  • Bicep curls – 24 reps

Take a 2 minute break then start over.

It is rarely intense enough for blood type O’s, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a break from time to time, particularly when it comes to heavy weight lifting. When you want to get more weight up, be sure to stay very hydrated, have many meals throughout the day and when you are lifting, take the extra time for those breaks and you’ll find that you are able to get a bit more weight up on that next set.

Blood Type A – The major focus here is STRESS MANAGEMENT. I give blood type A’s the kettle bells, boxing, simulated martial arts and so on. If they are on their own, gardening and carpentry also work miracles. That makes up their cardio and strength training. On lighter days, I keep it mostly to core work and bodyweight movement with some light running involved.

Type A sample workout:

I find that boxing, slow body weight exercises that involve focused breathing (yoga, tai chi, etc.) and kettle bells are some of the best ways to help a blood type A focus while burning lots of calories. It seems that the more you are able to concentrate on the “task at hand” the easier it is to cope with your stress levels. Boxing, yoga, tai chi, and kettle bells can have a very large impact on the posture of your body, check with a personal trainer for using proper form to avoid injury.

Another idea is to do some house work, construction, help someone move or some intense garden work. If you find that your exercises have been exhausting you, perhaps it is time to slow down and quiet your mind.

Blood Type B – This depends on their GenoType quite a bit. If they are a Gatherer, I’ll stick mostly to balance work and keeping them centered and focused. That keeps the pain down and allows them to burn lots and lots of calories. My favorite activity for other B’s is to take them out on a long, slow bike ride for two or three hours – after the ride is over, I swear it looks like they just did full-body liposuction!

Type B sample workout:

  • 20 mile bike ride
  • Elliptical machines – 45 minutes on a random setting
  • Standing tricep extensions, bicep curls, shoulder presses on one foot – 25 lb. dumbbells (for men) or 10 lb. dumbbells (for women), keep the repetitions above 15 times for each arm to tone out. Lift one leg off the ground and continue doing these exercises.
  • Stand on the Bosu Ball or some other unstable surface with one leg (weights not needed, but they do make it more fun).

Keep the balance work as intense as possible. I believe that everyone should do balance work, but it seems to have a much larger effect on blood type B’s than the rest of us. Typically a blood type B who is following these exercise suggestions will feel very good and energized after these workouts.

Blood Type AB – I haven’t had as much experience with this blood type. I am still learning about them, after all, they are the rarest blood type! But I’ve found that almost anything but heavy lifting seems to suit them well.

Type AB sample workout:

Combining the mental clarity of a Type A and the Balance of a Type B is the way of the AB.

One day, you might do yoga, the next go for a long bike ride, the following day practice some Tai Chi, perhaps followed with some light boxing or preferably martial arts and the next day go into the gym and do standing tricep extensions with a very slow and controlled pace. The goal is to not make it too intense. Keep it balanced, moderate and breathe with every movement.

Focused breathing techniques to quiet your mind and focus you before some balance work is a great way to center yourself and prepare your body for what is to come. Finish off your exercise with stretching and breathing to calm your body and relax your mind.