Understanding your Body type - Ectomorph, Mesomorph, Endomorph -Part 1

Understanding your Body type - Ectomorph, Mesomorph, Endomorph -Part 1

Reach athletic goals by understanding your body type

Does it seem like no matter what you do in or out of the gym you just can’t seem to get the results you’re after? This can be frustrating and even detrimental to your state of mind. Determining your body type can aid you in your ultimate goal.

There are three main body types and two combination body types. Knowing which body type that you have will help you to cater to your individual body type and get you to where you want to be.  The first part of this six part series will be an introduction into each body type, followed by future post that will provide a thorough explanation of each individual type along with eating tips that go along with individual body types.


Ectomorphs tend to have a smaller build, they have smaller joints and lean muscle they tend to be thin with the least width. An ectomorph has the fastest metabolism and has the hardest time gaining any muscle. They also have the highest catabolism risk which will be covered in detail in the next post.


Mesomorphs are the envy of many body types, they gain and lose with ease. Mesomorphs are known for having a larger build, larger muscles and larger bones. They tend to have higher strength, naturally. The diet of the mesomorph is vital, as their one downfall is that though they can lose easily they can also gain easily.


Endomorphs tend to have a short and stocky build, they also have a slow metabolism and gain fat very easily. Fortunately they do have naturally strong muscle which is a great platform for developing muscles. Under the right diet and exercise routine they can achieve their goals with a little extra work.



This body type has characteristics of both the ectomorph and the mesomorph. Sometime this is helpful as it eases the difficulty that an Ectomorph has though it can also have the opposite affect and create weight fluctuations that a true ectomorph wouldn’t experience. Diet and exercise routines are essential to this body type, under the right conditions this body type can excel.


Like the Ectomorph/Mesomorph the Mesomorph/Endomorph has qualities of both body types, the Mesomorph and the Endomorph. The right exercise program combined with the right diet can help this combination body type see results. Determining which traits of each group are in this body type combination on an individual level is actually rather easy if you know what to look for, this will be explained in full detail when this post is covered.

Look next week for the Ectomorph post. This post will cover specific traits, proper diet requirements and the specifics of workout routines aimed towards an Ectomorph.