Why finding out body types is important?
Starting a discussion by asking a question, that one always works! Ah, we see you are a bit perplexed about the terms you see in the title. Don’t worry, this discussion is all about explaining stuff that has boggled your mind for a long time. So, cutting to the chase, what are we talking about when we use the terms like an ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph? Well, there are three basic human body types. That’s what these terms are for i.e. the three body types are ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph. Now we want to clarify something at the very beginning of this discussion. While most of us are easily categorized into one of these groups, it isn’t necessary that you will belong to one particular group. Moreover, many factors can influence the transition from one body type to another. Some of these factors include your style of living, genetics, and diet patterns. That said, the important question that still needs to be answered is why finding out body types is important in the first place?
The answer to this particular question interests gym freaks and geeks more than anyone else. You see, for anyone who is about to hit the gym hard in days to come, how beneficial the information about their body type can be. This information can help one develop a training schedule according to body status and demands. Your nutrition plans are also heavily dependent on this type of information. In short, analyzing your body type eventually helps you set realistic goals rather than too ambitious ones.
Now, let us have a look at these three major body types and learn all about their characteristics and traits. This way, by the end of this discussion, you will be able to figure out your body type all by yourself by the end of this article. So, let us begin, shall we?
By nature, these individuals are quite slim and sleek in appearance. They are thin and have lean body frames. No matter how much they eat, they just do not put on enough muscle mass. Some envy them for this very fact and we quote them “No matter how much he or she eats, he or she ain’t getting fat before the doomsday”! It is important to note here that an ectomorph finds it hard to gain weight in either of the customary ways, like fat or muscle. Commonly, ectomorphs are known as hard-gainers. The reason for this title is that no matter how much an ectomorph wants to gain weight, they just cannot! The dream body fit of an endomorph, but we will talk about that a bit later.
Let us have a closer look at the body features of an ectomorph, the distinguishing features that make them fall in this particular category. Typically, hard-gainers have a very lean build. The longer than average limbs and bellies with small muscular content means that the general appearance is skinnier as compared to other body fits. If by some miracle, an ectomorph manages to put on some weight, they will still look skinnier! Endomorphs who want to lose weight practically cry at these words! However, there is one thing that you must not be mistaken about. The skinny build doesn’t mean that an ectomorph individual is weak. No sir, you will be a fool to think that since ectomorphs are known to be remarkably strong and fit.
They enjoy the best of both worlds! Well, you know about one world and we will tell you about the other right after this! Anyhow, this is the body fit that most people are envious of, something that can be described as just right. Not too thin, not too fat, it is just right! It is almost as if they are made in some kind of laboratory, the kind of precision one observes in the body type of mesomorphs. They have the ideal amount of muscle mass and somehow, still have pretty lean bodies!
The astonishing bit about the mesomorphs is that they can gain muscle or fat on will. And lose it too, for that matter. This is exactly the feature that makes a mesomorph so different from an ectomorph or an endomorph. You would think that a mesomorph puts in a lot of effort to achieve this feat but no. That is not the case. As we said, body fits are a product whose nature and type is influenced by a number of factors. Do you recall them? Cutting to the chase, mesomorphs are mesomorphs, just by nature!
Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine what would the very opposite of an ectomorph look like? Yes, that is an endomorph. In case your imagination is not strong enough, let us describe the body features of endomorphs. An endomorph is someone who gains weight and then forgets about losing it completely. So, what would the characteristic body traits of such a person be like? Endomorphs typically have thicker ribcages and wider hips. As compared to the ectomorphs or the mesomorphs, the endomorphs have somewhat shorter limbs. The most illuminating feature of an endomorphic body type, however, is the excessive amount of muscle found on it.
Don’t think that for a moment that this muscle is without fat though. Too much fat simply ruins the body fit and hence, endomorphs struggle with shaking off some of it. Isn’t the stark difference between an ectomorph and an endomorph simply stunning? While an ectomorph can doss on doughnuts without risking an increase in muscle mass or fat, the fates for an endomorph are simply different. An endomorph gains weight by simply looking at sweets, what are you talking about! However, endomorphs can be healthy, let us have no doubts about that!
Linking body type with training
Like we said before, you cannot devise a training plan for your body without knowing what body fit you have. Once you have figured it out, you can then move on to the next step. And what is that? Of course, what you need to be doing and what you must not do while training! In the following lines, we are going to share some cool tips with you regarding training and diet that suits different body fits. So before you gulp down that pre-workout or pick up dumbbells, read what we have got to say!
Tips for ectomorphs
These tips are for ectomorphs in general, but specifically for those folks who want to add a bit more to their body in terms of lean muscles. The first thing that you guys need to ditch is excessive cardio sessions. They aren’t doing much for your cause, we can promise you that much. So, what must you do, if you aren’t going to engage in excessive cardio sessions? Well, you must focus more on weight lifting. The logic behind this strategy is that you will be able to focus more on the large muscle groups, something that will help you increase your overall strength. You must be wondering about the different weightlifting training that we mentioned. Well, let us help you out there. You can do squats, bench and shoulder presses, and deadlifts to name a few. The idea is to perform these exercises at a slow pace rather than going through the act.
Ectomorphs have pretty fast metabolism rates. If you are one, you will need to keep eating every few hours to keep yourself nutritionally charged. What you should eat? Well, lean meats, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables will do very nicely at the start, thank you very much!
Tips for mesomorphs
We are not sure if a mesomorph needs tips, aren’t they just perfect? We mean, just have a look at these people. They are muscular and at the same time, they are lean. So, we are going to give you some tips from a purely strength-building point of view. While cardio was a big no for ectomorphs, mesomorphs are advised to focus on it. Cardio or interval training is strongly recommended for mesomorphs as these training approaches will help you build more strength and more stability to your muscular frame. It is most advisable for mesomorphs that they split their training program into different modules, with each module focusing on building strength for one particular body part. Now, without using a lot of jargon, let us talk about the diet of a mesomorph. Well, lean proteins, carbs (preferably whole grain), and fats ought to do the trick, don’t you think so? Mesomorphs sometimes do not focus on their dietary patterns, which can lead to some minor and major issues. Professionals abhor this approach, they advise supplementing a diet with the aforementioned items. You cannot hope to achieve your desired results from training sessions if you are not focusing on your diet!
Tips for endomorphs
Endomorphs have the added advantage that they can gain muscle much easier than other body fits that we discussed. However, on the downside, endomorphs gain fat much easier than an ectomorph or a mesomorph. This is the bit around which your whole training regime should revolve around. So, what can you do to cut down or reduce this fat build-up? Well, several things, the most important of which is doing cardio. Everyone is allowed to cardio sessions except ectomorphs! But you must be careful and not do the thing excessively. In our opinion, an average endomorph should do OK if he or she is doing 3-5 cardio sessions every week. Again, we must emphasize on building up strength as it is the most important factor in training.
All that is left to talk about is the diet for endomorphs. So, what kind of food is good for an endomorph? The usual ought to do the trick that includes carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Yes, fats but healthy and you should watch out the quantity. You don’t want to be making this tougher for yourself by dossing on too much fat and then later being unable to shake it off!
My body type doesn’t fit any three types!
Quite a rare event, but it does happen sometimes. Your body type might be a bit of this and a bit of that. But you cannot classify it under one particular category. So, what are you going to do in that case? How do you figure out which of the above-mentioned training tips you should follow? Trust us, you will need to mix up things a lot if you don’t belong to any of ectomorphs, endomorphs or mesomorphs. We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of choosing the right training program for yourself. You might be an in-between sort of person, who is just reading these lines. If such is the case, make sure you do not end up following a wrong training program. Let us explain through an example. You might have longer than normal limbs, which makes you look like a mesomorph, right? But apart from arms, every other body feature gives you away as an ectomorph. NOW, WHAT DO YOU DO? Excuse the capital letters, but that is our point. What kind of training program do you follow in this scenario? The idea approach in such a scenario would be to follow every aspect of the ectomorph training program, apart from the bit that focuses on arms and shoulders. Sounds logical, right? And that is how you should mix up stuff using your wit. No one knows better than you, what is good for you!
Well, we wish we could go on, but the limitations of space and time force us to conclude this discussion here. We hope that this article served as a source of knowledge for you, with regards to different body types and fits. There is a bunch of info out there that can bamboozle you completely. We hope that you liked this compiled version of the information that is bound to be helpful!