Have you ever considered that someone else may have a different body type?
Let’s compare ourselves to flowers for a moment. Can all flowers grow and thrive if they are given the exact same treatment? No!
In order for the different flower types to grow and thrive, they must be handled and cared for in a way that is unique to its type. Some require shade while some may need direct sunlight. Some need very little water, while others need water several times a day.
Just like flowers, the human body and the type of body a person has is unique and requires some specific care.
In the world of fitness, men and women have three different body types. The reason for this lies in the fact that our bodies are different in terms of proportion and natural abilities.
To better understand this, let’s look at each body type and discuss some of their characteristics.
The three general body types that are found in both men and women are: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph.
The ectomorph body type is someone who tends to be naturally skinny. They are the ones who can usually eat “anything” and not see a large weight gain. Ectomorphs may enjoy activities such as running for a couple of reasons such as having a lighter build and leaner muscles. People with this body type usually excel at endurance sports, but this body type will find it rather difficult to gain muscle weight.
The second body type is a mesomorph body type, which is usually displayed in people we think of as “natural athletes.” They can see quick results in training and usually have a leaner, more defined build.
Men and women who have are mesomorphs can usually see a dramatic difference in their physical appearance when they begin training. Most people with this body type find comfort training their bodies for better performance. Being a mesomorph, you can both lose and gain weight and still keep your body looking fit and healthy.
The last body type, the endomorph is the type of men and women who by genetics are naturally heavier and thicker. This does not mean that they are “unhealthy,” it just means that their natural build is designed to carry more weight and they tend to have a thicker frame i.e. wrist, hands, feet, ankles.
Endomorphs need to always remember that their bodies can easily absorb fatty foods, so leading a balanced lifestyle with healthy eating habits and regular exercise will help with their overall body appearance and performance.
Understanding our body types will not only help us to train in a way that benefits us as individuals, it will also help empower us to make better judgments in the way we view and treat our bodies.