Mesomorph, Endomorph or Ectomorph: What is Your Body Type?

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We each have different body types that respond differently to training and dieting programs. In order to maximize your results, you should tailor your training and dieting program to your body type. In general, there are three body types; Mesomorph, Endomorph and ectomorph.




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Bodybuilding’s favorite mesomorph


A mesomorph is the genetic ideal. Generally described as an athletic or medium build. They can build muscle and lose fat with ease. MesomorphMesomorph’s respond very well to a combination of both weight training and cardio. Here are some characteristics of mesomorphs.

Broad Shoulders

Narrow Waist

Males have a rectangular shaped body

Females have an hour glass figure

Thinner joints

Fast Metabolism

Large Muscles



Endomorphs are heavy set. Endormorphs typically have strong legs which are required for their body type. They gain fat and muscle easily. For this reason, their muscles are not naturally defined. Cardio must be incorporated in their training in order to keep fat gain at a minimum.

Endomorph Characteristics

Round Stocky Figure

Endomorphs can have large muscles but usually carry a little extra fat

Wider Joints

Short Limbs

Slow Metabolism

Undefined Muscles








Ectomorphs are naturally skinny. They have a very fast metabolism and have trouble putting on weight.  Ectomorphs typically have long limbs and are usually tall.  They are referred to as “hard gainers”. Ectomorphs respond well to heavy weight training. They can benefit from high calorie diets. Cardio should be kept at minimum.

Ectomorph Traits



Long limbs

Fast metabolism

Small muscles

Defined muscles



Ectomorph Transformation

Which are You?

Look at the traits listed. Do you match any? You may even be combination of of two body types. With this information you can now tailor your program to your needs. One important thing to note is that it doesn’t matter if your an ectomorph or endomorph, with the proper training and dieting you can sculpt your physique as you desire and even surpass natural mesomorphs.





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