For individuals on a personal fitness and wellness journey, understanding how to get in-tune with their body type is key. To do this, it is extremely beneficial to learn which body type category they are considered. When working with a personal trainer, it is important to remember that there are three main body types in fitness, and each has unique physical and nutritional needs. There are three main body types:

  • Ectomorph
  • Mesomorph
  • Endomorph

How to Determine Body Type

To get started, first here is how to determine body types:

  1. Using a measuring tape, get the measurement of the bust or chest area. For the ladies, it is important to wear a bra, generally a sports bra, and measure around the fullest part of the chest.
  2. Get the waist measurement
  3. Get the measurement of the hips

Here are the three main body types listed below.



A person with an ectomorph body type typically has trouble gaining weight or putting on muscle. They may face these challenges regardless of how many calories they consume or the kind of fitness regimen they maintain.

People with this kind of body are usually slim, possess little to no fat, and have lean muscles. If you have this body type, opt for a diet that’s high in healthy fats and focus on resistance training exercises to increase your muscle development.



People with a mesomorph body type have no problems in gaining or losing weight easily. This is all dependent on their fitness routine and diet. Additionally, for this body type, developing muscles is easy if they are able to adhere to a structured exercise regimen. Since this body type is highly adaptable, they can customize their approach to fit their unique fitness goals, whether that is:

  • Bulking
  • Losing weight
  • Maintaining the current physique



There are certain individuals that visibly carry an extra bit of fat and often struggle to lose weight are considered endomorphs. In most cases, these are people with this body type that have a slower-than-average metabolism, thus making it challenging to slim down.

For individuals with this kind of body type need to opt for high-intensity fitness routines, these types of routines are the best for burning calories. Also, these individuals should focus their efforts on decreasing their daily intake of complex carbs and refined sugars, opting to eat lean proteins instead.

Need a Workout for an Individual Body Type

Are you in need of a workout for your individual body type? Contact Carmel personal fitness trainers at Better Bodies of Carmel today! Our number for a free personal fitness assessment is 317-733-3388, call now!

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