Body Types

There are three basic human body types:

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Ectomorph distinguished by a lack of fat and muscle tissue.

  • Thin face with high forehead and receding chin.
  • Narrow chest, clavicle, abdomen and hips.
  • Long, thin arms and legs with small wrists and ankles.
  • Low body fat and very little muscle.

Mesomorph – marked by a well-developed musculature.

  • Large square head.
  • Wide clavicle.
  • Broad, muscular chest and shoulders.
  • Heavily muscled arms and legs.
  • Narrow waist.
  • Minimal body fat.
  • Tends to develop muscle easily.

Endomorph characterized by a preponderance of body fat.

  • Blocky build.
  • Round head.
  • Thick rib cage.
  • Large, round abdomen.
  • Short arms and legs with fat upper arms and thighs.
  • Slender wrists and ankles.
  • Hips as wide (or wider) than clavicle.