10 Physical Characteristics of an Endomorph

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Identifying your body type can be very helpful to your weight-training program. Of the three main categories, are you an endomorph?

As you go about choosing a proper workout and diet plan, one thing that you must be sure you’re taking into account is what your body type is.

Ectomorphs tend to be tall and thin, while mesomorphs are more likely to look muscular and athletic. Endomorphs, on the other hand, will typically have rounder, heavier bodies, which will affect their natural tendency to gain/lose body fat or lean muscle mass.

Let’s look at ten physical characteristics that indicate you have this body type.

Soft & Round – If you take a good look in the mirror and notice that you have a rather soft and round appearance, these are two characteristics of an endomorph. Lack of muscle tone is usually evident due to the higher body fat levels these individuals have.


Short & Stocky – Another common endomorphic physical characteristic is being short and stocky. This only adds to the effect of making the endomorph look heavier than they really are.

Thick Arms & Legs – An endomorph’s limbs will tend to be solid and thick in appearance relative to his/her height and weight.

Weight Gain – The first trait to be aware of is the ease of fat gain. If you go off your normal ‘diet’ for a few days, such as over the holidays and find that after two or three days you’ve put on body fat, this is a good indication that you’re an endomorph.

Storing Fat – Another sign that you have the endomorphic body type is if you’re someone who tends to store body fat easily, especially in the hips and thighs if you’re female or lower back if you’re male. These are the primary fat storage deposits for each gender and if it seems like you pack away excess fat there rather easily, you are an endomorph.

Hard Dieting – The next clear sign that you’re of the endomorph body type is if you really do struggle to lose fat when on a diet plan. If you find that you can’t lose fat regardless of what you try, chances are you’re endomorphic.

Low Endurance – Unlike the athletic mesomorphs, the extra fat carried by endomorphs makes it difficult for them to stick to workout routines. They find it difficult to take on long and strenuous exercise regimens.

Slower Metabolism – The primary reason why fat loss is so hard for endomorphs is a slower than normal metabolic rate. If you’ve monitored your calories for a period of time and notice that you maintain weight on a lower calorie intake than you should, this is yet another sign you have this body type.

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