Mesomorph Body Type

Mesomorph body typeMesomorphs 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

Click here for images of some fellow mesomorphs.


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 relatively easily. 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 cardio and on simply shaping and contouring the curves of your figure. The goal is to create a lot of shape. Female mesomorphs who worry about being overly muscular can concentrate on a strong cardio workout and limit weights. If you’re worried about overly muscular legs do exercises that will help slim calves or slim  thighs. With regular exercising, this body type tends to sculpt and shape well-defined muscles more easily than ectomorphs or endomorphs.

If you want a comprehensive and in-depth guide on how to reduce inches and avoid getting bulky, then check out Visual Impact for Women. Visual Impact for Women is great for mesomorphic women, as it specifically targets the issue of getting too bulky and takes it seriously, offering a comprehensive strategy that encompasses cardiovascular exercise and resistance training aimed at reducing – not gaining – inches. It also discusses how to reduce muscle mass, if you feel you are too bulky.

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 you’re set!

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