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What is your body type?

Learn how to train for your body type

What Is Your Body Type? Take Our Test!

What body type are you? How can you tell? Take our simple test and know! Learn how to train for your body type and what the differences are. With pics!

Take The Test And Find Out

1
My Bone Structure Is

Very Large
Large To Medium
Small to Frail

2
My Body Tends Towards

Carrying Too Much Fat
Being Lean And Muscular
Being Too Skinny

3
My Body Looks

Men Answer Here:

Round and soft
Square and rugged
Long and tenuous

Women Answer Here:

Pear-shaped
Hourglass-shaped
Mostly straight up and down

4
As A Child I Was

Chubby
Normal
Too thin

5
My Activity Level Is

Sedentary
Fairly Active
Over active, can't sit still

6
My Approach To Life Is

Laid back
Dynamic
Worrisome

7
My Metabolism Is

Slow
Just right
Too fast

8
People Tell Me

I should lose some weight
Stay the same, that I look fine
I should gain some weight

9
If You Encircle Your Wrist With Your Other Hand's Middle Finger And Thumb

Middle finger and thumb do not touch
Middle finger and thumb just touch
Middle finger and thumb overlap

10
Concerning My Weight, I

Gain weight easily, but find it hard to lose
Gain or lose weight fairly easily. Usually stay about the same
Have trouble gaining weight

11
I Am Hungry

Almost all the time
Just at meal times
Rarely

12
People Would Describe Me As An

Emotional person
Physical person
Intellectual person

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History

In the 1940s, Dr. William H. Sheldon introduced the theory of Somatypes. His theory described three basic human body types: the endomorph, characterized by a preponderance of bodyfat; the mesomorph, marked by a well-developed musculature; and the ectomorph, distinguished by a lack of either much fat or muscle tissue. He did also state that most people were a mixture of these types.

Sheldon's description of three body types has become an integral part of most literature on weight loss, fitness and bodybuilding.

The three body types are further described below.

Ectomorph

  • Fragile
  • Thin
  • Flat chest
  • Delicate build
  • Young appearance
  • Tall
  • Lightly muscled
  • Stoop-shouldered
  • Large brain
  • Has trouble gaining weight
  • Muscle growth takes longer

Mesomorph

  • Athletic
  • Hard, muscular body
  • Overly mature appearance
  • Rectangular shaped (hourglass shaped for women)
  • Thick skin
  • Upright posture
  • Gains or loses weight easily
  • Grows muscle quickly

Endomorph

  • Soft body
  • Flabby
  • Underdeveloped muscles
  • Round shaped
  • Over-developed digestive system
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Generally gains muscle easily

Conclusion

When you know which type you are (or which mixture) and diet and exercise correctly for that type, you will make much better progress.

While some women may think that Kate Moss is the ideal, from a fitness view point she really isn't. And many women who tend to be endomorphic will save themselves much suffering by not striving to change themselves into ectomorphs, it's not going to happen. Conversly a true ectomorph who wishes to be a Sumo wrestler would also be in for a big disappointment.

Your goal should be to look as close as possible to (or stay looking like) a mesomorph. With the correct exercise and diet this can be attainable, and while you may be a bit upset that you have to work hard to look good while the true mesomorph looks that way naturally, at least you will still be fit and look good. And even the mesomorph will find as he/she gets older that some exercise and diet is needed if they want to continue to look good and be fit.


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