are generally tall and thin and have long arms and legs.
These people have difficulty gaining weight and muscle
no matter how much they eat or how hard they weight train.
They have the body type you tend to see in ballet dancers,
runway models, long-distance runners, and some basketball
players. A very small proportion of the population has
this type of body.
are generally muscular, shorter, and have stocky arms
and legs. These people are strong and tend to gain muscle
mass when they do strength training. They may find it
difficult to lose weight, but they excel in power sports
like soccer, softball, vaulting in gymnastics, sprinting
events in track and field.
Endomorphs are generally shaped like apples or pears and
carry more body fat. Their bodies resist losing weight
and body fat no matter how restrictive they are with their
eating. In fact, the more they diet, the more
their metabolisms slow down to resist weight loss. These
people are better able to handle long periods of starvation
and famine (which was a benefit to our ancestors). Sports
they excel at are distance swimming, field events, and