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Body Types

To help you understand your body type and target your exercise, here is a quick guide:-

 
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Ectomorph

Slight and lean

  • Fast metabolism

  • Difficulty gaining weight

  • Lean muscle mass

  • Very low body fat index

  • Very thin, often lanky

  • A small frame and delicate bone structure

  • Narrow or small shoulders

  • Underdeveloped chest

  • Any height, but is often seen in tall men

  • The greatest challenge ectomorphs have is gaining weight, hence the term” hardgainer”. Regardless of the reason, most have a fast metabolism that burns calories quicker than normal; making weight and muscle gain difficult. As a result, high caloric intake and customized workouts that focus on large muscle groups are needed, in order for the hardgainer to increa

Mesomorth

Athletic build

  • Well defined muscles

  • Big boned with a sturdy frame

  • Rectangular shaped body

  • Typically of average height

  • Gains muscle easily

  • Generally strong

  • Normal metabolism

  • Gains fat fairly easily

  • Mesomorphs, with their heavier bone and muscle structure, have an easy time of gaining muscle and maintaining an athletic physique. With a healthy metabolism that burns calories at a normal pace, the mesomorph can gain and lose weight easily. Still, attention should be given to his caloric intake, especially as he ages, since fat is no stranger to this body type. Bodybuilding routines are typical and require no special considerations like the Ectomorph’s does. Cardio should always be a part of this workout program, in order to maintain weight.

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Endomorph

Stocky, solid build

  • Typically shorter than average height

  • Thick arms and legs

  • Strong upper legs

  • Gains muscle easily

  • Slow metabolism

  • Undefined, soft muscles

  • Gains muscle and fat very easily

  • Difficulty losing fat

  • Endomorphs have the potential to gain muscle quickly with the appropriate bodybuilding workout. Cardio is always recommended for weight control, which is often a challenge when the metabolism is slow. This body type also needs to maintain a balanced caloric intake to avoid excess weight gain.

  • Knowing your body type and its typical characteristics help explain and give insight to the many unknowns and challenges men often deal with when dieting and bodybuilding. It’s one more tool to use to maximize your greatest assets, while minimizing the rest. There’s tons of information online regarding the various body types and methods to enhance the lives they’re attached to. Take advantage of this knowledge and watch yourself morph into a better you!

 
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What body type are you ?