Apples, hourglasses, endomorphs—the terminology around body types never ends, nor fails to be semi-confusing. But, in the fitness world, it’s all about understanding how your body might respond to certain workouts, routines, or diet changes, based on physical structure or genetic makeup. Of course, there are no hard-and-fast rules to what your body can achieve, and you should always feel empowered to exercise in whatever way suits you. Here’s what a few experts think about body types in general, and whether working out for body type is worth your while.
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What are all the different body types?
Tracee Badway, a yoga instructor at Studio Three in Chicago, generally sees a few common body types: naturally thin and long, athletic and stocky, and soft and curvy. Some people classify themselves using fruit—saying you’re an “apple” or “pear” shape—or familiar shapes—like having a “square,” “inverted triangle,” or “hourglass” figure. And, based on a theory by Psychologist William Sheldon, there are three main categories of body types: endomorph, ectomorph, and mesomorph. For the most part, though, these are all variations on the same refrain.