Everybody has a body type, but it doesn’t mean you are strictly ‘typecast’ into that category. Most people are a mix we’ll give you some some categories with picture examples. What’s more important than your body type is knowing that if you’re not
happy, you can change how you look with the right diet, training, supplements and gym routine. Body mass index is just a number which you shouldn’t be fixated on. You might play to your strengths – Ectos are the the type that will generally train and look good with abs on the beach. Endos may just look massive and impress everyone. For women, bodytypes are not so static as of the hourglass curve that women will naturally have. Again, with the right diet plan and training, you can get the look you want. For the lady ecto, you might workout in the gym with weights more opposed to an Endo who may want to spend more time doing cardio. Christina Hendricks is a great example of an Endo and plays to her strengths with her clothing and image and is often in the top lists of hottest women. Wouldn’t have her any other way! As always, feeling comfortable in your skin means more than bodytype. We are bombarded with size 0 supermodels on the catwalk but you don’t need to look that skinny. Knowing your body type will help you customise your routine.
Ectomorph – Spiderman
Ectomorphs are skinny and light in weight. Ectomorphs find it hard to put on weight because of their high metabolism. You might find yourself eating and not putting on any size. Don’t despair as a lot of those defined ripped, slim models you see have ecto bases.
Typical traits on a Ectomorph:
- Small “delicate” frame and bone structure
- Flat chest
- Small shoulders
- Thin / skinny
- Lean muscle mass
- Finds it hard to gain weight
- Fast metabolism
Mesomorph – Wolverine
A mesomorph is medium build. A meso will find it easier to put on muscle mass but at the same time, can find the put on mass too. Being in between ecto and endo, the meso is where a lot of people want to be.
Typical traits on a Mesomorph:
- Athletic / looks like plays sports
- Hard body
- Well defined muscles
- Rectangular shaped body
- Gains muscle easily
- Gains fat more easily than ectomorphs
Endomorph – the incredible Hulk
An endomorph is big bulky heavy. They are very strong and find it easy to put on weight. The biggest, most muscular bodybuilders genetically are likely to be endos.
Typical traits on a Endomorph:
- Soft and round body
- Gains muscle and fat very easily
- “Stocky” build
- Round physique
- Finds it hard to lose fat
- Slow metabolism
- Muscles not defined
Though you may see pictures and examples of men, the theory of body type applies to women too and so should the same type of routine/diet plan/training. Possibly partnering up with other body types for your workout will help you train smarter. Once again, don’t be fooled into BMI and body mass index numbers. The mirror is way more important. I once trained with an ecto and an endo and workouts were tough. Rest between sets, endurance and changing the weights was tough. Although it can help to push and motivate you, I found training with another that was similar to my body type helped drive competition and gauging ‘feel’ if something is to heavy or if we’re killing ourselves. It also helped drive competition to get that 6 pack. If you are a woman, it could help with motivation for the gym. A lost of people overate motivation but it is the biggest single reason most people give up the gym. Having someone to train with that you can compete and push each other will really help with your goals. Partnering up with someone with reason for body type could be a great introduction so you can lift weights in for each other and exchange dresses with! Mostly, diet related issues will help. A post workout meal for an ecto will be smaller than an endo and that ‘go on, i’m having one’ won’t help..
My final point is don’t hate what you have and wish for another body type. There are negatives to all body types just as there are positives. Confidence and happiness in your own skin is much more attractive than curves and muscles. Subscribe to the mailing list for updates and tips!