Hector is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Nutritional Specialist, and CPR Certified. Researcher, Author, Philanthropist. Advisory Council Member for the World Energy Forum & the Water Security Council for the United Nations. Former Chief Executive Office of BCC News.
This video discusses the three main body types. (1) The Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle. (2) Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat. And (3) Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells. In addition to all these body types there is also a combination of two or all three of them, making it more difficult for some to figure out exactly where they fall on the “body type chart.”
Your body natural chemical make-up will determine what kinds of foods and what kind of exercises are best to keep you in shape. Additionally, different types of body types will require different vitamins and minerals as well as different amounts to satisfy the body’s requirement of nutrition.
Here are the common characteristics of Ectomorphs – the more of these that sound like you, the more likely it is that you fit into this body type classification:
- Your shoulders are narrower than your hips
- Fitted jeans generally feel loose around your butt
- Your forearms are on the smallish side
- Your body tends to stay skinny by default
- Your body looks long and narrow
- If you grip your wrist between your thumb and middle finger, the 2 fingers overlap
- You have trouble gaining weight – both in terms of muscle and fat
- The circumference of your chest is 37 inches or less
If you are an Ectomorph, you are likely going to have to eat more calories than either of the other 2 body types if you want to consistently put on muscle.
You should focus primarily on heavy weightlifting and keep cardio to a bare minimum – especially if you are having trouble gaining muscle.
Mesomorphs are typically thought of as the luckiest of these 3 body types – given their ability to build muscle without putting on too much excess fat.
- Common characteristics of Mesomorphs:
- Your shoulders are roughly the same width as your hips
- Fitted jeans generally feel snug, but not too tight, around your butt
- Your forearms are moderately thick
- Your body tends to stay lean, yet somewhat muscular, by default
- Your body looks rugged and squarish in shape
- If you grip your wrist between your thumb and middle finger, the 2 fingers just barely touch
- You can gain or lose weight without too many issues
- The circumference of your chest is between 37-44 inches
If you are a Mesomorph, you are likely going to find it easier to maintain a lean, muscular body than the other 2 types.
The Endomorph. This is the body type that traditionally has the most difficult time losing weight (and I know most of us will identify with that). However they can often put on a decent amount of muscle mass reasonably easily.
Here are some of the traits that are likely to indicate that you’re an Endomorph:
- Your shoulders are wider than your hips
- Fitted jeans generally feel tight around your butt
- Your forearms are on the thicker side
- Your body tends to carry extra fat by default
- Your body looks round and soft
- If you grip your wrist between your thumb and middle finger, the 2 fingers don’t touch
- You can gain weight fairly easily, but find it quite difficult to lose
- The circumference of your chest is over 44 inches
If you fit several of these characteristics, (as many people do) you may consider yourself an Endomorph!
This means that you will need to adopt a lifestyle where you don’t put on excess fat. If you’re currently holding onto a few extra pounds, you should adopt a workout and a nutritional program that will help you lose it.
This will involve adopting a nutritional program where you eat at the appropriate caloric intake, until you are able to get to a weight that you’re happy with. With all 3 body types, an effective strength training program is important to help you improve your muscle-to-fat ratio. You will also likely want to add cardio into your routine, to help you burn additional calories. A High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) might just be right for you.
Hector Sectzer interview by Dr. Paula Fellingham Director of The Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative, a Women’s empowerment Network with millions of women followers all over the globe. Dr. Paula Fellingham has given presentations to delegates at the United Nations, for the World Movement of Mothers in Paris, and at numerous other conferences across the world. Paula participated in the World Congress on Families in Geneva, and at the World Movement of Mothers Conference at NATO Headquarters.
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