Take the Test: What Body Type are You?

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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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    I hope the recently concluded Beijing Olympics will inspire a lot of people to get on shape. It’s not about having a great body, it’s about being healthy. There are so many ways to stay healthy and fit these days. It’s just a matter of looking what will give you the most benefits while allowing you to enjoy yourself.

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    Hi Fitness Tours,
    Yes, how incredibly motivating is it to see the fastest, strongest, fittest people in the world competing. Your point about enjoying what you do is very good. Most people forget to try new things, and there are so many wonderful activities for us all to try, surely we will fall in love with one of them at least!

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    Body types are useful in sports and in determining which activity you will be most likely to succeed. However, it is also useful in those wishing to lose weight. If you know you body type, you can then set realistic goals and have expectations of what is possible.

    A voluptuous female endomorph will never be able to become a willowy ectomorph. An endomorph can lose weight and become significantly more ectomorphic. However, endomorphs have larger frames and more muscle mass that ectomorphs, which even weight loss cannot change. Many women try to look like another body type without realizing that they can naturally or healthily achieve such a body. But you can make your body better, stronger and leaner no matter what your body type.


  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    Hi Mesomorph,

    Yes setting realistic expectations is so important or the person will set themselves up for failure. Focus on your good points and try to enhance them rather than trying to change what biologically can’t be altered.

  • jessica

    Female mesomorphs don’t have a wide waist. It’s actually the opposite.

  • http://www.ameliaburton.com.au Amelia Burton

    Hi Jessica,

    You are exactly right. Mesomorphs tend to have an upside down triangle shape. I corrected the confusing wording, thanks :)


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    I think I’m between Ectomorph and Mesomorph. I share similar qualities from each. I have muscles, but I’m not an hour glass. I have very little curves, flat chest, I gain weight easily (but not too much). :S

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    Great article. I am an ectomorph but with a light sprinkling of meso as well. I am tall-ish with long slender limbs, but I have always found that I am better suited to short distance running than long distance. I think it’s got something to do with twitch-fibres, which apparently vary between ethnic groups.
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