The Skinny On the Mesomorph Body Type

Mesomorph Body Type

Mesomorph body type


Mesomorphs could be thought of as the “genetically gifted”. They are characterized by an athletic, strong, compact and naturally lean body. They have excellent posture. Often, their shoulders are wider than their hips and women tend to have an hourglass figure. Mesomorphs are natural born athletes and tend to be lean and muscular without trying. They generally are described as being of “medium” build. The world’s leading tennis players, figure skaters and bodybuilders fall into this group.


  • Naturally lean
  • Naturally muscular
  • Naturally strong
  • Medium size joints/ bones
  • Wider at the shoulders than the hips – i.e. chest dominates over abdominal area
  • Broad/ square shoulders
  • Female mesomorph: defined hourglass figure
  • Male mesomorph: V or rectangular shape
  • Efficient metabolism
  • Gaining muscle is almost effortless
  • Losing fat is almost effortless
  • Responds quickly to exercise


MALE examples include:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • George Clooney
  • Bruce Wills
  • Andre Agassi
  • Mark Wahlberg

FEMALE examples with mesomorphic characteristics include:

  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Tina Turner
  • Jerry Hall
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Angela Bassett
  • Gabrielle Reese
  • Anna Kournikova
  • Madonna
  • Yasmin le Bon
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Halle Berry


It is a great advantage to have mesomorphic qualities, as one has great foundations on which to build. Mesomorphs don’t have to worry too much about what they eat and they can gain muscle mass and lose weight fairly quickly with relative ease. This combination allows the mesomorph to achieve fantastic definition of the body. However, as easily as you lose fat, you gain fat also. Janet Jackson is a good example of someone who has struggled with fluctuating weight, but when determined is able to lose weight relatively quickly and look incredibly defined and boast amazing abs.


Looking at pictures male and female mesomorphs, who wouldn’t want to be a mesomorph?! Although, both male and female mesomorphs have a genetic head start, in the sense that they have an easy time staying lean and fit, they tend to lack weight loss motivation and assume that they can get away with very little effort. However, bad habits catch up with everyone in the end!

Female mesomorphs should focus on weight loss to shrink your waistline (think Halle Berry!) with cardio and simply shaping and contouring the curves of your figure. The goal is to create a lot of shape. Female mesomorphs should concentrate on a strong cardio workout and limit weights. Female mesomorphs who worry about overly muscular legs can do exercises that will slim down calves or slim down thighs. With regular exercising, this body type tends to sculpt and shape well-defined muscles more easily than ectomorphs or endomorphs.

Male mesomorphs need to focus on keeping their body fat percentage down, as many mesomorphs are prone to weight gain, though they lose it fairly easily. Once mesomorphs strip away the fat, they have great definition due to their natural muscularity. Add weight training into the mix and your body is unrivaled by others.

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