Body type. It’s a question that so many people fail to ask themselves when planning a new fitness routine that is one of the most important questions they SHOULD be asking themselves.
Essentially, there are three main types of body types that most people fall into. First there are “ectomorphs”. These types of people are usually tall and skinny with a narrow frame. They also usually have a very high metabolism and thus find putting on weight or adding muscle difficult.
The second body type is the “endomorph”. The endomorph is usually a more shorter, wider, bigger boned person who is pretty much the opposite of an ectomorph in that they have slow metabolisms and find it easy to gain weight, especially fat.
The third type is the most desirable, at least for bodybuilders and weightlifters because it is the best of both worlds. This third body type is called “mesomorph” and is characterized by a medium frame and medium metabolism.
Together, these body types are generally known as “somatypes”. You can read more about the scientific theory on the categorizing of body types from this university resource.
Why should you care about your body type? Well, your size and your metabolism will impact what types of exercises you should be doing and what kind of food you should be eating.
Focusing on your specific body type will help you achieve your specific goals.
For example, if you are tall and skinny and have a very narrow frame then you may want to follow a blog like Skinny Yoked, which is a natural bodybuilding site dedicated to helping ectomorphic type individuals get “yoked”, which is bodybuilding slang for “muscular”.
Likewise, there are hundreds of blogs dedicated to helping endomorph body types get lean, lose fat and build muscle at the same time. Mesomorphs can probably read a wider variety of resources.
Just because you start as one body type though doesn’t mean you have to stay that way. Through proper diet and training you can drastically change your body type. For example, there are many very “lean” endomorphs that don’t even look like endomorphs because they’ve dialed in their diet and training so well.
There are also ectomorphs that don’t really look like ectomorphs because they’ve added so much muscle mass. Serge Nubret, a famous French bodybuilder who was over 6 feet tall was considered an ectomorph but he looked anything BUT tall and skinny.. he looked huge!
So next time you’re taking a shower take a good look in the mirror and guess your body type. Then do a little bit of “googling” and you’ll surely quickly uncover some great resources written by people who share your body type.
With a little bit of research and some self-discipline you can take off on your own fitness journey, molding your body shape into whatever you dream it to be. However, the most important thing is you have fun, stay healthy and grow.
Don’t get too caught up in labels, especially scientific body-types. Simply go to the gym with your friends and give your body the physical stimulation it craves. IF you do this you can become whatever you like, from a street fighter to even an Olympic athlete if you really wished.