The 7 Common Body Types for Women (and Men)

The 7 Common Body Types for Women (and Men)



What body type are you? Were you aware that all of us are categorized into 3 common body types by scientists and exercise specialists? Women are then usually categorized into an additional 4 body types which more clearly defines their body shape. Following is brief description of these 7 different body types.
Our first category will cover the labels commonly applied by scientists, doctors, and personal trainers. These include:

  • Ectomorph
  • Endomorph
  • Mesomorph

Ectomorph – The Label for Your Skinny Friends

A person with an ectomorph body is usually thin and struggles to gain weight. We all know people who have this type of body. These are the guys and women who remain thin no matter what they eat or how hard they exercise. Their bodies are programmed to be thin and they face major challenges to increase muscle.

Endomorph – The Body Which Gets Chubby Easily

An endomorph is almost the complete opposite of the ectomorph. If you have an endomorph body you will gain weight quickly and it comes off hard. You probably have a larger bone structure than most of your friends.
The best news for an endomorph is you can usually gain muscle almost as easily as fatty tissue. By focusing on increasing muscle you can offset the propensity to gain fat and have a very powerful looking body.

Mesomorph – The Natural Athletic Body

Just as everyone knows people who fall into the first two categories, we probably all have someone we despise for their athletic appearing body they do not need to work for. Their bodies respond to exercise with ease.
They gain muscle easily and lose fat with ease. They have a natural advantage over the other body types, but if they do not take advantage of their genetic advantage it may be lost.

Women Enjoy 4 More Labels to Worry About

Women are blessed or cursed with an additional four body type labels. These labels are based upon a comparison and balance of the measurements of the hips, bust, and waist. These four body types include:

  • Apple Shape
  • Banana Shape
  • Pear Shape
  • Hourglass Shape

A woman with an apple shape with have wider shoulder and busts which then taper down through the waist and hips. This shape gives a woman a slightly masculine appearance.
A banana shaped woman is often also labeled as a straight body. Their body has very little contrast between shoulders, bust, waist, and hips. Commonly there is only a few inches of difference in all measurements.
The pear shaped woman is commonly one of the most frustrated. She has larger hips and buttocks with a small bust. It gives her body a bottom heavy appearance.
The hourglass shape is the one most women desire and which comes naturally to a few lucky women. The body has smooth curves from a wider bust to a narrow waist and moderately wider hips which are proportional to the bust measurement.
The good news about all of these body types is with proper exercise, nutritional suppleproper dietments, and proper diet you can make dramatic changes. Your underlying genetics may still dictate your natural shape, but does not stop you from making amazing changes.