Basic Body Types And Everything You Need to Know About Them

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Having it all means having an extraordinary life that works at a high level in every important area.

The words of Jon Butcher, author of Mindvalley’s Lifebook Program.

The first step to getting your dream body is to take up a gym routine. Besides the physical, it can do wonders for your mental health. But simply throwing yourself into rigorous training might even do more harm than good.

The exercise routine needs to be tailored to fit your body type. A quick look around you and it’s easy to realize that men and women come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

In this write-up, we’ll delve deep into the most common body types. In addition, you’ll also find out how to discover your own body type and make it work for you.

How Many Different Body Types Are There?

The individual body is a unique temple indeed. It might make you think that there are too many body types to categorize.

But you would be wrong.

In fact, all people can be classified into three body types. These classifications are also known as somatotypes, according to the late physician and psychologist William Herbert Sheldon. Dr.Sheldon came up with the concept of constitutional psychology. It’s about a rather rigid interrelation of personality and physical traits, which you can predict someone’s personality and such based on his or her body type.

To that end, Dr. Sheldon analyzed thousands of photographs to determine the similarities in human physique. He concluded that there were only three general body types, which he called somatotype.

In constitutional psychology, the three somatotypes are endomorphy, ectomorphy, and mesomorphy. The names were derived from embryonic development.

Just bear with us for the moment. We’ll go into the details next.


What Are the 3 Types of Bodies

So, everybody can be identified by their body type, of which there are only three: ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph.

Depending on your body type, you’ll need different workouts and diets to realize your best body. Let’s take a closer look at the three.

1. Ectomorph

Ectomorphs can be described as the usual skinny guys or girls.

Their frame is quite bony, small, and delicate. Other distinctive characteristics include narrow shoulders and exceptionally long and thin limbs. Ectos are not muscular by any means and they might find it hard to reach the desired level of fitness.

They usually have a fast metabolism, which allows the body to burn calories rapidly. This translates to difficulties gaining weight and building muscle. But there is no need to worry if your body fits this type.

Adding more calories to your diet can help you to gain weight. This doesn’t mean you should stock up on junk food – there are ways to go vegan and go strong. At the gym, the ideal routines are intense and short.

Quick sessions get your muscles going without putting your metabolism into overdrive. In addition, the workouts should focus on large muscle groups. You may consider taking natural supplements to assist with the results.

There is one added benefit – ectomorphs are allowed to eat before sleep. By eating before they go to bed, ectos can prevent muscle catabolism.

2. Mesomorph

With their exceptional muscle mass, large bones, and rectangular shape, mesomorphs are hard to miss. Nature has been the most favorable to this most athletic type.

Mesomorphs have a perfect metabolism, which allows them to lose or gain weight without thinking too much about it. What’s more, they have a naturally tough body which is perfect for bodybuilding and other athletic activities.

Nature has blessed mesomorphs with a great body. But they still need proper training and nutrition to achieve great athletic results. Those of this body type gain weight much quicker compared to ectomorphs. So they have to be careful about how much they eat and what they eat, even though it’s easy for mesomorphs to lose weight.

They excel in most athletic activities, but a mix of cardio and targeted weight training would yield the best results.

3. Endomorph

People who are endomorphs are often shorter compared to those of other types. They have thick legs and arms with round and usually soft body. Overall, you may describe them as stocky.

Nevertheless, endomorphs are strong, particularly in their legs. They gain muscle quite easily but they also easily gain fat, which can be tricky for them to lose. The reason for this lies in the slow metabolism, so a sensible diet is an absolute must.

Endomorphs benefit most from planned workouts that are designed to expedite fat burning and define muscles. Weightlifting plus cardio is usually the winning combination, without any supplements.

How Can You Tell Your Body Type

The quickest way to identify your body type is to look in the mirror. Being honest about how your body responds to food would help.

These are the traits to look for:

You have almost no body fat, a wiry frame, and long slender limbs – these are good signs that you’re an ectomorph.
Mesomorphs who regularly work out would resemble Michelangelo’s David in physical appearance.
If your body is round and you struggle with excess fat and big bones, you are likely an endomorph.

Nevertheless, you might find that you actually fall somewhere in between the 3 body types. That wouldn’t be uncommon at all.


What Are the Female Body Types

Like males, females can be categorized into endomorph, ectomorph, mesomorph. The characteristics are similar as well.

For example, female ectomorphs find it hard to gain weight. They have a narrow body and face with thin arms and legs, Cameron Diaz is a great example of an ectomorph type.

Female ectos are not designed to do any heavy lifting and should always protect their joints while exercising. However, regular cardio combined with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can do wonders for their physique.

Mesomorphs, on the other hand, have naturally curvy bodies with well-defined muscles. They are known to gain muscle quickly, but HIIT training can give them a perfect hourglass figure without looking too bulky.

A quick look at Kim Kardashian and it should be obvious to you what a female endomorph looks like. Their body can be described as pear-shaped with narrow shoulders and wide hips.

Like the male counterparts, female endos gain fat quickly and have a rather slow metabolism. They should be particularly mindful of their carbs intake. It’s not all bad news, as they can use a combination of weightlifting and HIIT to shed excess fat and build more muscle.


Determining your body type can help you get closer to your ideal body shape and fitness level. But you should realize that the quest requires more than exercising and eating according to different body types.

It’s a journey which requires great perseverance, stamina, and willpower. And if you ever waver, some motivational quotes may boost your morale and get you back on the path to perfection.

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