Endo, Meso or Ecto: the best workout for your body type


From the moment we are old enough to look in the mirror, we ask “Mommy, why doesn’t my body look like Susie’s?” We are told that each body is made a little differently and that we must embrace our unique body type. But in fact, there are only three types of bodies, with a bit of overlap between them. By knowing which of the three body styles you have inherited, you can plan an exercise routine that makes the most of it.

The three main body shapes are mesomorphic, ectomorphic, and endomorphic, and each has both positive and not-so-positive traits. But by focusing on strengths, you can minimize the negatives and build the best body nature allows.

Mesomorphic body type

A mesomorphic body can be recognized by its general rectangular appearance. The hips and chest tend to be wide; we sometimes describe a Meso body as “big boned”. There are more male examples of meso body styles, but women can certainly fall into this category of body type as well.

The exciting part of Meso’s body is its ability to build muscle easily. So you will find many examples of meso-style bodies at the gym and at Muscle Beach. If you are a meso, it is best to follow nature’s example and build as much muscle as you can. After all, lean muscle mass burns calories and shapes and tones the body’s appearance.

Unfortunately, while Mesos have no problem adding muscle, they often contain additional fat as well. To burn this extra fat, it is important to incorporate an extra cardio session or two per week. Of course, it’s human to want to focus on the things we already do well, which is why Mesos generally prefer lifting weights than running on the treadmill, but a more balanced exercise routine will give better overall results. The best workout plan for Meso’s would be roughly 40 percent strength training and 60 percent cardio.

Ectomorph body type

Ectomorph’s body is often a runway model, tall and slim, he can eat anything without gaining an ounce. Imagine Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl. There are male and female Ecto body types, but while the Ecto is a preferred body type for women, it may not be for men. While they don’t contain a lot of extra fat, ectomorphs also have a hard time gaining muscle.

The best exercise routine for Ecto body types focuses more on strength training than cardio. In fact, cardiovascular routines are done primarily for stamina and health benefits rather than weight loss. But due to their thin bone structure, Ecto body types are more susceptible to injury, which is why strength training is important for health purposes, as well as the more toned appearance that muscles can provide.

Endomorph body type

The Endo body style is characterized by curves. Endos are strong and generally have a higher percentage of muscle than ectos or mesos, but they often contain a large amount of fat. A male endo is likely to be a defensive lineman on a soccer team, and a female endo can go through her life on diet after diet. Oprah Winfrey is a good example of an endo woman who has produced a toned and healthy endo body through her healthy diet and exercise routines.

Because building muscle mass is effortless with an Endo, while fat loss is a constant effort, the Endo training plan should incorporate no less than 70 percent of the weekly training time into cardio and dedicate the 30 percent remaining to strength training.

By being honest with ourselves about the body that nature gave us, we can embrace the positives as we work to correct the flaws. Just remember that Mom was right when she told us that “nature made all bodies perfect the way they are,” but it never hurts to help nature.

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