Take the Test: What Body Type are You?

Aug 24, 2008 | fitness

Ever wondered what Olympic sport your body shape would suit? What is your body shape? Would you be best suited as a marathon runner, 100m sprinter or a shotputter?

Take the body type test to determine if you are an ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph.

Ectomorph: These are you lean, lightweight athletes who perform best at distance sports requiring muscle endurance.

  • rectangle shape
  • thin
  • flat chest
  • delicate build
  • lightly muscled
  • has trouble gaining weight
  • muscle growth takes longer
  • Fast metabolism

Suitable Olympic Sports: Marathon running, walking, triathlon, Rhythmic gymnastics, basket ball, football

Endomorph: These are your heavier athletes who naturally carry more body fat and do best in sports requiring power, and body weight force.

  • Round and soft shape
  • The illusion that much of the mass has been concentrated in the abdominal area. This may or may not be true.
  • The arms and legs of the extreme endomorph are short in length and taper.
  • The hands and feet of the endomorph are comparatively small,
  • the upper arms and thighs are often more developed than the lower parts of the arms or legs.
  • The body has a high waist.
  • Weight Loss is Difficult
  • Gains Muscle Easily Like the Mesomorph.

Suitable Olympic sports: wrestling, shot-put, discus, hammer throw

Mesomorph: These are your naturally muscular athletes, who have low body fat and excel in sports requiring strength and power.

  • upside down triangle shape
  • hourglass shaped for women
  • wider shoulders with torso tapering to a relatively narrow and low waist
  • arms and legs are developed
  • athletic
  • hard, muscular body
  • overly mature appearance
  • upright posture
  • gains or loses weight easily
  • grows muscle quickly.

Suitable Olympic sports: Weightlifting, boxing (Heavy weight), cycling (sprint distances), Athletic sprint events (100m is the best example), artistic gymnastics

Although some people are clearly one of the above somatotypes (body types),  most of us are a bit of a mix.  For example, a lot of endomorphs might also have the muscular shape of a mesomorph (an endo-mesomorph mix).  Physiologists often use a rank based on the number 7.  I.e. a pure endomorph is a 7:1:1 (Endo, meso, ecto), and a pure mesomorph would be 1:7:1.

Everyone is genetically predisposed to being a certain somatotype (body type), but with training, environmental influences, and diet, one can quite dramatically change what they have genetically been given.  However if you are an ectomorph and you want to become a sumo wrestler, good luck!

Take the body type test here!

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