What is Your Body Type: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, or Endomorph?

There are three distinct categories of the human body:
The endomorph, characterized by a preponderance of bodyfat.
The mesomorph, marked by a well-developed musculature.
The ectomorph, distinguished by a lack of either much fat or muscle tissue.

Obviously, most people are not going fit exactly in one category or another. We tend to have a combination of the 3 body types. But knowing which of the 3 body types you predominately lean towards can help you structure your workouts and nutrition program to better meet your fitness goals.
Here are some general training and nutrition guidelines to follow for each of the 3 body types…

Ectomorphs need to focus their efforts of gaining muscular bodyweight.
Heavy weight training will help ectomorph’s stimulate muscle growth. Slower paced workouts with longer rest periods (i.e. at least 2 minutes between sets) will allow heavier weights to be lifted and thus help stimulate more muscle growth. Ectomorph’s also need to train less frequently in order to give their body plenty of time for growth and recovery. 3 weight training workouts per week would be ideal.

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