This is probably one of the most asked questions out there today. “What are the different body types?“. The correct, or scientific term for this is, Somatotypes. This is a system that was developed by an American psychologist named William Herbert Sheldon. He basically photographed over 45,000 different men and women to come up with his composition of classifying different body types.
Actually he identified about 88 different groups or categories, but to keep things simple it all was grouped into 3 main categories. They are as follows:
These people really struggle to pack on weight and muscle. No matter how much they try, they just cannot seem to pick up weight. Think of High Jump athletes as an example. Usually a good way for these people to put on some weight is to consume more calories per day. Roughly about 500 – 600 more calories whilst eating 4 – 6 times a day along with their training regime should do the trick.
These are the “lucky” ones. The people who pack on muscle as easily as normal people breathe. The ones people normally point to and say, “must be genes…”. Big, broad shoulders, small waist and low levels of body fat. Usually top class bodybuilders fall within this class.
These are the one’s that are usually short and round in stature. These people normally have higher levels of body fat and fat cells than people in the other groups.
I will be sharing some small, frequent meals that that will ensure you get the most out of your training and diet. I will also tell you exactly how many calories you have consumed, how much more you need and where to cut down.
The thing is, the most of us share a combination of the above characteristics. When it comes to different body types, we’re all part Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph, but a little bit more of the one than the other. The most dominant characteristic will determine what we will ultimately look like. No matter how hard you train.