Somatotypes – Ectomorph, Mesomorph & Endomorph
This theory is called Somatotype and was introduced in the 1940s by Dr. William H.Sheldon.
- Slight frame
- Not muscular
- Youthful body
Male Ectomorphs find it the hardest out of all 3 Somatotypes to gain lean muscle mass but it can be done, they just don't have it as easy.
Each person is different but generally Ectomorphs will follow a higher calorie protocol for their body weight and require more carbs in their diet than Mesomorphs and Endomorphs. As with all diets this is never black and white, some Ectomorphs can get seriously cut on a mass amount of carbs and some can't!
If you are an Ectomorph and a woman, you may well be happy with your appearance, whilst others, that want to put on a few pounds to look a little more curvaceous, will struggle no matter how much they eat.
- Sturdy posture
- Muscular body
- Neither fat or thin
- Athletic looking body
The Mesomorph body can put on lean mass simply by looking at the gym equipment, well not quite but they have a body that puts on weight easily and comes off easily and can sculpt their body easier than the Ectomorph or Endomorph. This is often referred as the ideal body type.
Mesomorphs generally do not need to cut down on aerobic exercise.
- Chubby body
- Flabby muscles
- Large thick set bones
Endomorph may sound the worst of the 3 body types but this is certainly not the case. Endomorphs can achieve a look that they will be proud of.
With a strict diet protocol, they can lose their fat and put on muscle mass which looks good on their bigger bone structure, ideal for bodybuilding.
Endomorphs put on fat easily but, they build muscle quickly so see encouraging results fast.
All junk food and alcohol should be avoided as much as possible, without sacrificing your social or family life. Care in maintaining the achieved result is very important for the endomorph both in working out and diet.
Aerobic exercise will always help the Endomorph so they can freely enjoy any activity.