"The Somatotype
Body Type"

What's Your Unique Body Type?

What's your somatotype body type? Is this important for you to know?

What's its role for building muscle mass?

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Those are just a few questions we'll look into..

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Is Body Typing Important?

Here we'll talk about the importance of knowing the different body types in most humans - as outlined by Dr. William Herbert Sheldon Jr.

Knowing your somatotypes will help you combat your body's natural weaknesses and accelerate your fitness goals.

Before we began, let's take a brief history lesson on the theory of Somatotypes and its origination...

This theory on Somatotype's was first comprised by the American Psychologist named Dr. William Herbert Sheldon Jr.

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Dr. Sheldon's Book

It was during the 1940s when Professor Sheldon Jr developed his theory.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sheldon, used his extensive knowledge of the human physiology and developed this thesis.

Using measurements and calculations.. He categorized the human body types into three basic sub-categories.

For an in-depth study on his research on somatotype body type, you can check out his published book titled, "Atlas Of Men".

This basic theory indicated that each human being, whether male or female, inhibits natural body tendencies that may be classified into the somatotypes known as: Ectomorphic, Mesomorphic, and Endomorphic body types.

He would use the calculations to categorize those possible body types a scale he developed ranging from 1-7.

Categorizing the Ectomorphs as 7-1-1, Mesomorphs as 1-7-1 and Endomorphs as 1-1-7 on the scale.


The Somatotype Body Types:

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What's Your Body Type?


The Ectomorph Type

A individual who possesses a long and slender physique. This person tends to be taller, skinnier, and considered by many as "slim" or "skinny".

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By the natural of their body frame, Ectomorphs tend to have a harder time retaining body fat and experience a difficult time gaining weight and developing quality muscle mass.

  • Examples: naturally skinny kids/ teens, etc.

The Mesomorph Type

An individual who possesses medium bone structures such as wide shoulders, thick femurs, etc.

This person tends to experience a much easier time building quality muscle mass, able to excel at sports (being naturally gifted) and tends to hold lower percentages in body fat.

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Mesomorphs tend to be refer to this person as naturally muscular with decent muscle definition.

  • Examples: naturally athletic kids/ teens, etc.

The Endomorph Type

An individual who possesses a rounded and wider waist frame. This person tend to store and accumulate body fat at a much easier pace comparing to Ectomorph/ Mesomorphs body types.

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By nature, endomorphs are built with larger bone structures as their genetics are propositioned to carry on the extra weight.

Many people would call this type of body as "thick" or "big boned" frame.

  • Example: naturally born chubby kids/ teens, etc.

Bottom Line:

Those are the three basic somatotype body type: ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs.

The body type that you are naturally born with will definitely have a factor on how you develop your fitness.

Although mesomorphs seem to be genetically propositioned to have a frame that'll allow them to develop and hold muscle mass much easier.

Leaving ectomorphs and endomorphs at a severe disadvantage...

But there is good news! It doesn't matter which body type you have. You can still obtain a great physique!

You just need to workout harder, eat smarter, and learn the correct methods of muscle building. With those principles in place, you too, can build an impressive physique!

It may take a longer time for ectomorphs and endomorphs.

Don't let that stop you! Keep at it. Persevere!



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