Endomorph, Ectomorph, and the Mesomorph

You may not know this but everyone has a different body type. This is why what works for one person may not work for another. Have you ever wondered why your neighbor is super skinny and eats whatever he/she wants while you have trouble keeping your fat level down? It’s because your neighbor has a different body type (with it’s own set of struggles so don’t be quick to envy them). Whatever your goals are, it’s best to figure out what your body type is so that you can eat and exercise accordingly. We’ll get more in depth later but here’s a guide to figure out which body type you are.

Endomorph.

Endomorphs typically have a more round and soft shape. Females tend to have a more curvy and feminine figure. Male endomorphs are usually soft and round but when they’re in shape they tend to appear more like the mesomorph body type. Endomorphs usually gain weight easily but losing fat is more challenging

Characteristics:

* Naturally chubby
* Round and soft physique
* Long trunk
* Bigger thighs and/or upper arms
* High levels of body fat
* Poor muscle definition
* Strong bones
* Prone to knee and feet problems
* Good flexibility
* Low center of gravity

Ectomorph

Ectomorphs are the ones endomorphs tend to envy, but they have their own set of issues. Ectomorphs are the naturally skinny. They have trouble gaining weight and it’s not a good idea for them to skip meals. These are the types that seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. They also have trouble gaining muscle.

Characteristics:

* Skinny
* Small joints
* Long arms and legs
* Ruler body shape
* Lightly muscled
* Low body fat
* Difficulty gaining weight
* High energy
* Difficulty gaining muscle mass

Mesomorph

Mesomorphs naturally gravitate towards low fat and gain muscle easily. They could be thought of as the “genetically gifted”. They have athletic and strong bodies and excellent posture.

Characteristics:

* Naturally lean
* Naturally muscular
* Medium size joints
* Broad/square shoulders
* Defined hourglass figure in women
* V or rectangular shape in men
* Gaining muscle is almost effortless
* Efficient metabolism
* Losing fat is almost effortless

It’s rare that you find someone who is 100% in a certain body type. Some people may gain weight fast (endomorph) but also gain muscle fast (mesomorph). Or they have trouble gaining muscle (ectomorph) but no problem gaining fat (endomorph). Even though it’s rare to find someone who is 100% in a certain body type, they usually favor one so figuring out where you are should give you a good start to figuring out what you need to do to reach your goals.

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