In this episode of the Health, Fitness & Everything Else podcast we talk about about the three body types. Ectomorhph, Mesomorph and Endomorph. Each body type is unique and has it’s own characteristics after this episode you should be able to identify your body type and have a better understanding of how your body works


Ahh! Reminiscing on the good old days when I a 17 year old kid from Pasadena, California first started my journey in the health & fitness / bodybuilding  scene reading every page of the classic Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding by non other then my childhood hero Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was fascinated by the sport eager to learn more and more. I stumbled upon a section that was talking about body types I never knew anything about body types at all I did was lift weights. But it wasn’t until I understood my body type that I was able to implement a personal program that worked best for me, I was able to figure out what types of foods I should be consuming how I should be training, and taking the proper steps to achieve my goals. I am a true mesomorph kind of lucky actually considering we get the best of both worlds. Typically a mesomorph  has a larger bone structure large muscles and tend to have great athleticism. We are naturally strong and have great coordination. But hold that thought for a second because this blog isn’t about me it’s about YOU it’s about helping you figure out your body type.

  •  An Ectomorph is typically a skinny guy they have a light built with slightly smaller joints very lean, shoulders tend to be thin with very little width. They also have a Flat chest and find it difficult to gain weight. These individuals generally have a very fast metabolism and can consume high amounts of carbohydrates with out it making a “dent” to there overall appearance. They tend to be thyroid and SNS dominant with either a higher output or higher sensitivity to catecholamines like epinephrine and nor-epinephrine. This profile is linked to a fast metabolic rate and a high carbohydrate tolerance  Where as someone like an Endomorph is very carbohydrate sensitive and must yield caution to consuming high amounts of carbohydrates. Think of a endurance runner long limbs, skinny, flat chested etc..


  •  Mesomorphs tend to have an athletic physique, hard body with a medium sized bone structure and rectangular shaped and gain muscle quickly. They  have a slight edge over the other body types it’s been said that mesomorphs naturally produce more testosterone and growth hormone which contributes to the overall physique and athleticism of the individual. A Mesomorph body responds very well to weight training with strength coming naturally to them they grow rather quickly especially as a beginner, but the downside is that you will also gain fat easier than the Ectomorph, a combination of a solid routine and moderate cardio or High intensity interval training works best for optimal performance and results.  Think of a running back on the football field


  • An Endomorph body is bigger more rounded and softer than the mesomorph and ectomorph these individuals have a shorter build with thick arms and legs. They have a larger bone structure with higher amounts of total body mass and fat mass and are usually carbohydrate sensitive. Where as the Ectomorphs tend to burn off excess calories with near constant movement, excess calories in endomorphs do not seem to cause that same increase in caloric expenditure. This means that excess calories are more likely to be stored as fat. Although an Endomorphs metabolism is slower than the other body types and gains fat rather easy they are very strong especially in the lower extremity, in fact some of the strongest people I’ve ever met were Endomorphs, To keep fat gain to a minimum, Endomorphs should really pay close attention to there lifestyle and diet for best results. The Endomorph typically does better on a high fat diet, NO I don’t mean fried food, burgers and bacon, I’m talking about healthy fats like avocados, mixed nuts, olives, etc.. In combination of a high protein lower carbohydrate diet.


Given this information above you should now be able to identify which body type you may be and have a better understanding of why our bodies are the way they are. So next time you’re hanging out with a friend and he or she says “Man! I eat, eat and eat! but I never can gain weight” you will know that the reason for this is because he or she is an Ectomorph and etc..

The Bottom line. 

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what your body type is because you are what you are and that’s fine! If you eat right, train hard and dedicate yourself to improving your bodies athleticism, coordination and strength you will achieve the results. An Endomorph may be big and thick but with the proper training and nutrition they can outperform and outlast the Ectomorph and Mesomorph. Same with the Ectomorph, even though you may be skinny weighing in about 145 lbs (male) you can gain 20-25 lbs of lean muscle. It may take more time and more calories but you’re going to always to stay lean and hardly ever have to do any cardio (unless you enjoy cardio) We’re all different but there is hope for everyone. Remember, Diet is king and you can NEVER out train a bad diet, no matter what your body type is.

About The Author

Jack Rousian is Entrepreneur & Business owner. The 28 year old Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance Enhancment specialist has been in the industry professionally for 10 years in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of JRT Fitness a personal & athletic training service and is also a partner, CEO of Guardian Shield Insurance services, as well as a Patent holder. He is a blogger, and enjoys working on Startup Companies

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