How to Figure out your Body Type (Somatotype)

There are several exercise programs out there which are tailored towards a specific body type. But which one is yours?


The three main body types are Mesomorph (muscular), Endomorph (higher body fat), Ectomorph (lower body fat and lower muscle mass).

Most people are a mix of two body types, with one being dominant and the other secondary.

For example, someone can be primarily an Ectomorph (>55%), with a rather pronounced secondary Endomorph component (~35%-45%). This person would be an Ecto-Endo.

If someone’s non-dominant components were very weak (>10%), they would be plainly called Ecto or Meso or Endo, for there is no significant secondary component. Those are the body types that actually resemble the original idea of the body types the most closely.

If someone had a dominant Ectomorph component, but their Endomorph and Mesomorph components, or all components were about equal (25% each), this person would be “Mixed“ or “Balanced”. I am assuming that a very small amount of the population, if not no one is entirely “Balanced”.

If you happen to be “Mixed” (e.g. 50% Endo, 25% Ecto, 25% Meso – celebrity example: Jennifer Lopez), then follow the advice of the main body type (in this case, Endo).

To figure out your body type (also called Somatotype) you can take this test and/or look at the celebrity examples and descriptions below.



Ecto
Traits: stereotypical Ectomorph – tall, skinny, difficulty gaining weight

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Strengths: High metabolism, lowest natural body fat from all the body type, long legs
Weaknesses: “Hardgainers” (great difficulty gaining muscle), women lack curves

Ecto-Meso
Traits: narrow and lean frame like an Ectomorph, with a similar ability to grow and keep muscle like a Mesomorph

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Strengths: Lower body fat, some ability to gain lean muscle mass, fairly high metabolism
Weaknesses: not able to gain as much muscle as a Meso, often shorter in height

Ecto-Endo
Traits: narrow and lean frame like an Ectomorph, with some amount of fleshiness at the limbs, stomach and/or breasts like an Endomorph

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Strengths: can be the most appealing female physique, the men are usually tall
Weaknesses: “Skinnyfat” without training, difficulties with gaining muscle mass

Meso
Traits: stereotypical Mesomorph – muscular, athletic, no difficulties with either gaining or losing weight

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Strengths: most able to build great muscle mass naturally, can be the most appealing male physique, naturally athletic look
Weaknesses: may develop too much muscle mass in unwanted places (e.g legs)


Meso-Ecto
Traits: athletic like a Mesomorph, but with the leanness of an Ectomorph (primarily around the legs or arms)

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Strengths: most able to make significant “lean gains” (build muscle without gaining too much fat), can have the most appealing “beach body” physique
Weaknesses: may have disproportionately small legs (esp. calves) or forearms


Meso-Endo
Traits: athletic like a Mesomorph, but with the fleshiness of an Endomorph at certain body areas or parts, like legs, arms, stomach, or butt

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Strengths: good ability to gain muscle
Weaknesses: tendency to look “bulky” if they do not deliberately keep their body fat % down


Endo
Traits: stereotypical Endomorph – round, short, pudgy, difficulty losing weight

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Strengths: the women keep their curves at lower levels of body fat
Weaknesses: great difficulty losing body fat, slow metabolism


Endo-Ecto
Traits: plump like an Endomorph, with the narrow bones and arms or legs of an Ectomorph

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Strengths: the women are typically the curviest of all body types
Weaknesses: difficulty losing body fat, may have difficulties with gaining muscle mass

Endo-Meso
Traits: plump like an Endomorph, with a similar ability to grow and keep muscle like a Mesomorph
Strengths: can put on the most size and look quite imposing
Weaknesses: muscle gains are usually accompanied by substantial fat gains, difficulties with leaning down
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How to Figure out your Body Type (Somatotype)

Cool Colour Seasons (Men)

Knowing your colour season can improve your style and appearance. You’ll wear the colours that suit your complexion the best and consequently boost your physical attractiveness. People will start noticing “you” over your clothes; they may start commenting on how you are “looking good” and not so much comment on a specific piece of clothing you are wearing. They may not be able to pinpoint what has improved exactly, they’ll just note that something has.

This overview only features male celebrities of the Cool seasons, meaning those people who have a cool undertone to their skin. Your undertone is cool when your skin has a certain pink or blue-ish tinge to it under certain lights or in combination with unsuitable colours. Take an orange shirt and wear it close to your face. When your face looks pinkish or reddish and overpowered by the orange, you most likely have a cool skin undertone. If the orange shirt looks great or fine on you, you are most likely a Warm colour season.

Click on each Colour Season title to be directed to your best colour palette.


Cool Summer

 

 

Light Summer

 

 

Soft Summer

 

 

Cool Winter

 

 

Bright Winter

 

 

Deep Winter

 

 

Soft Winter

 



Asian or “Neutral”: Almost all Asians have got a warm overtone, but this is not the same as a warm undertone! Cooler colours probably look better on you; in that case, you are certainly Cool but with a warm overtone, which can make you look “neutral”.

If you are an Asian with a colouring that seems very “neutral” (in-between warm and cool) and/or you can pull off both cooler and warmer colors and lighter hair colours, you are probably a Soft Winter.

If your colouring is more deep, you are probably a Deep Winter.

Most East-Asians and Southeast-Asians are Soft Winters, whereas most dark-eyed South-Asians are Deep Winters.


Eye colour: Just because your eyes are blue does not necessarily mean your colour season is cool; nor does having green, hazel, or brown eyes necessarily mean you are a warm colour season.

Blue-eyed people can be any season except for Deep Autumn or Deep Winter.

Green-eyed or hazel-eyed people are usually Soft Summers, Soft Winters, Light Springs, Warm Springs, Soft AutumnsWarm Autumns, or Bright Springs.

Brown-eyed people are usually Deep Winters, Soft Winters, Warm Autumns, Deep Autumns, Soft Autumns or Soft Summers (rare).

 

Cool Colour Seasons (Men)

Warm Colour Seasons (Men)

Knowing your colour season can improve your style and appearance. You’ll wear the colours that suit your complexion the best and consequently boost your physical attractiveness. People will start noticing “you” over your clothes; they may start commenting on how you are “looking good” and not so much comment on a specific piece of clothing you are wearing. They may not be able to pinpoint what has improved exactly, they’ll just note that something has.

This overview only features male celebrities of the Warm seasons, meaning those people who have a warm undertone to their skin, hair, etc. Your undertone is warm when your skin and hair has a certain orange or yellow tinge to it under certain lights or in combination with unsuitable colours. Take an orange shirt and wear it close to your face. When your face looks pinkish and/or overpowered by the orange, you most likely have a Cool skin undertone. Otherwise, you are probably a Warm colour season.

Click on each Colour Season title to be directed to your best colour palette.


Bright Spring

 

 

Light Spring

 

 

Warm Spring

 

 

Soft Autumn

 

 

Warm Autumn

 

 

Deep Autumn

 



Eye colour: Just because your eyes are blue does not necessarily mean your colour season is cool; nor does having green, hazel, or brown eyes necessarily mean you are a warm colour season.

Blue-eyed people can be any season except for Deep Autumn or Deep Winter.

Green-eyed or hazel-eyed people are usually Soft Summers, Soft Winters, Light Springs, Warm Springs, Soft Autumns, Warm Autumns, or Bright Springs.

Brown-eyed people are usually Deep Winters, Soft Winters, Warm Autumns, Deep Autumns, Soft Autumns or Soft Summers (rare).


Asian or “Neutral”: Almost all Asians have got a warm overtone, but this is not the same as a warm undertone! Cooler colours probably look better on you; in that case, you are certainly Cool but with a warm overtone, which can make you look “neutral”.

If you are an Asian with a colouring that seems very “neutral” (in-between warm and cool) and/or you can pull off both cooler and warmer colors and lighter hair colours, you are probably a Soft Winter.

If your colouring is more deep, you are probably a Deep Winter.

Most East-Asians and Southeast-Asians are Soft Winters, whereas most dark-eyed South-Asians are Deep Winters.

Warm Colour Seasons (Men)