BODY TYPES: Which one are you?
Ectomorphs are your typical skinny or lanky person. Ectomorphs have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Usually ectomorph’s have long thin limbs with stringy muscles. Shoulders tend to be thin with little width. They may find it hard to gain weight and will usually have a super quick metabolism.
For men, you will generally need to intake a huge amount of calories to gain weight. Workouts should generally be short and intense with the focus being on big muscle groups. Having supplements are definitely recommended as well as eating just before you go to sleep to avoid muscle catabolism during the night. If weight loss is your goal, ectomorphs generally can lose fat very easily as they have a greater ability to build lean mass.
For women, ectomorphs often complain of looking ‘boyish’ and have a lanky appearance. These types of women may also find their weight effects them more later in life as their metabolism slows down they gain weight as they are not used to having to watch what they eat or their calorie intake. Ecto women should look to gain muscle mass to help give them an improved ‘shapely’ look.
Endomorphs have a soft, curvy and round physique and display the opposite characteristics from ectomorphs. They have a sluggish metabolism, gain weight easily and have to work hard to lose body fat. Endomorphs often have a larger frame and tend to have wider hips than shoulders, creating a pear-shaped physique in women and a shorter ‘stockier’ build in men (thick arms and legs). Endomorphs will usually find they are naturally strong in leg exercises like the squat or deadlift.
For men, those looking to bulk up should have no issue only that they need to make sure they are gaining muscle and not fat. To aid with this, endomorphs should incorporate an element of cardio training to their programs (Cardio machines or even high intensity weight circuits).
For women, they will generally have a hard time losing weight. It doesn’t mean they can’t lose weight, it just means they will normally have to work harder and the process takes longer. This body type also won’t see as good results from clean eating as other body types, and needs to have a good exercise regime to go with a healthy diet. Endomorph women should try to do things to speed up their metabolism such as high protein low carb diets and avoid things like ‘quick fix’ dieting. It’s a sure fire way to make it even harder to lose weight.
A mesomorph commonly has a large bone structure, large muscles, a naturally athletic physique and would often be referred to as ‘genetically gifted’ (Damn them! J). Mesomorphs are the best body type for body building and body transformations. They find it quite easy to either gain or lose weight and are naturally strong which is the perfect platform for building muscle. Mesomorphs are natural born athletes and tend to be muscular without really trying (Double damn them!).
The mesomorph body type will generally respond best to weight training. Gains and changes will usually be seen very quickly, even in beginners, and they will often be seen lifting more than others. Although their diet doesn’t need to be super strict, they will gain fat slightly easier than ectomorphs, so they still need to be aware of what is going into their bodies. You will often see people with this body type lose weight and gain weight in a short space of time but still continually be able to get back into good shape.
As mesomorphs are so genetically gifted, they can often get caught out as they age and their metabolism slows down. It’s becomes important to still take your food intake seriously even if it doesn’t seem to be having much effect on your results.