Have you ever tried to follow a friend’s workout plan only to realize that it doesn’t work for you? You are probably frustrated by this but know that it’s not something you did wrong. It is a matter of you and your friend having different body types. 


Different body types need different workout and nutrition plans. That’s why some crash diets work well for some and not for others. Your metabolism doesn’t work the same as everyone else.


At Envision Fitness, we want everyone to know what their body type is so they can tailor a workout plan to meet their body’s needs. Below, we explain the three body types and how to best reach your goals through fitness and nutrition.  

Three Types of Bodies

There are three types of bodies: ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. Each body type is different and needs to develop different fitness goals. Knowing which body type you have can help you develop the right fitness and nutrition plans to help you achieve your goals. 


The typical characteristics of ectomorph bodies include:


  • Long and lean
  • More delicate frame
  • Difficult to build muscle and fat
  • Fast metabolism


When it comes to fitness for ectomorph bodies, individuals will want to focus on compound movements instead of isolated movements, which helps you use more muscles at one time. An example would be to opt for a bench press rather than bicep curls because a bench press works three muscle groups while bicep curls only focus on one. 


Nutrition for ectomorphs includes complex carbohydrates, which keep you feeling fuller longer and help prevent you from overeating junk food. Complex carbs will also help push protein to your muscles to help them grow. 


The typical characteristics of an endomorph body include: 


  • Stocky
  • Wider
  • Stores fuel in the lower half of the body
  • More muscle comes with fat
  • Slow metabolism


For endomorphs, it is best to use intense aerobic exercise to lose fat, such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or LISS (low-intensity-steady-state cardio). Endomorphs should train their entire body, rather than focusing on one area. To build more muscle, endomorphs should focus on higher weight and fewer reps when conditioning. 


For nutrition, endomorphs have to be more strict with what they eat. They should eat fewer carbs and increase their protein intake while avoiding simple carbs. 


Mesomorphs sit in the middle of the two other body types. Their characteristics include: 


  • Lean and muscular at the same time
  • Naturally athletic


To train a mesomorph body, focus on lifting moderately heavy weights instead of pushing yourself over with very heavy weights. You do not need to lift as much weight to see results. Be sure to include aerobic exercises to get your heart rate up. 


If your body type is mesomorphic, you should focus on eating equal amounts of fat and protein and a moderate amount of carbohydrates. You can also incorporate complex carbs to keep you feeling full. 

Reach Your Goals with Envision Fitness

Do you know which body type you have? Did you know that you can also be a cross between two of the body types? This can make it difficult to find the right exercise and nutrition plan to help you reach your fitness and health goals. That’s where Envision Fitness can help. 


At Envision Fitness, we have many coaches and nutritionists available to help you achieve your goals through dietary changes and fitness. We also provide personal training and group workout classes so you can work out the way you love. If you are a business owner or manager, consider checking out our Envision Total Wellness program, designed to help groups of people meet their goals together. 


With help from Envision Fitness, you can be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Call us today at 612-968-5156 or send us a message online