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The Three Body Types - Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph

Updated on June 23, 2014

Where do you fit in?

Firstly everyone has a different body type and this hub will help identify where you fit in.

There are three different body types and it is possible to be a mixture of all three.

The 3 Types

  • Endomorph
  • Mesomorph
  • Ectomorph

Characteristics of the Endomorph

  • Rounded physique
  • Easy to gain muscle
  • Hard to lose weight
  • Soft body
  • Underdeveloped muscles

Endomorphs are typically large with round and soft bodies, limbs are short in length, and the hands and feet are fairly small associated with a high waist.

Characteristics of the Mesomorph

  • Gains fat and muscle easily
  • Defined body
  • Tall posture
  • Average physique
  • Balanced body composition

Mesomorphs have a well built bone structure along with defined muscles. Mesomorph' shave relatively broad soldiers with a narrow torso.

Characteristics of the Ectomorph

  • Difficulty gaining muscle
  • Flat chested
  • Fragile
  • Lean
  • Small shouldered
  • Thin

Ectomorphs are generally tall and thin with a fragile bone structure. The Ectomorph's muscles are generally slight, including small joints.

Additionally, the Ectomorph endures a quick metabolism to burn fat at an increased pace versus the other body types.


Touching back on what I explained earlier it is common to share the characteristics of two or even three body types.

I hope this information has helped you identify your body type.

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    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      6 years ago from Beautiful South

      Do these apply to women also? I notice that two of the types mention tall. What about petite body structures. Are they just miniatures of the tall ones or are all petite people endomorphs? This raises more questions to me. Help us out here with another hub, please.

    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Worldwide

      I'm glad you've discovered your body type through my hub Bolt1951.

      I appreciate the comment.

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      6 years ago

      Interestin read sottway, I am a mesamorph recognized myself immediatel, after all I've been in this outfit for almost 61 years. I believe it's almost time for a change. Thank You for your information of which I had no idea.

    • Sottway profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Worldwide

      Thanks for the read Tillsontitan

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Good hub with nice illustration.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Good information .


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