09 April 2014

Pick a sport that sculpts your body the way you dream

Everybody has a type of a physique that they desire to have and these sports gives man a perfect idea which sports to play to get that body.


A human body shape is a skeletal structure and the distribution of muscle and fat on the body.

People have different body shapes identified and explained as follows:

The Ectomorph

The ectomorph physique is a fragile and delicate one. The bones are light, joints are small and muscles are slight. Lean physique with small shoulders, flat chest, short upper body and long arms/legs.

The Mesomorph

The mesomorph has well-defined muscles and large bones. A square, broad, muscular chest and shoulders and heavily muscled arms and legs; and minimal body fat. He tends to develop muscle easily. The torso tapers to a relatively narrow and low waist.

The Endomorph

The body of an endomorph is round and soft with underdeveloped muscles. Much of the mass is concentrated in the abdominal area and the upper arms and thighs are often more developed than the lower parts of the arms or legs.  

Following are 5 sports and the body shapes they bring about:

Swimmer: A swimmer’s body shape is above-average height, broad shoulders, long arms, a long torso, a flat abdomen, a thin waist and powerful legs there are ideal for success in swimming.

Cyclist: Cyclists tend to be twiggy up top with muscular legs and men cyclists range from 6-11% body fat.

Runner: Long distance runners are average height with a light, slim build and thin legs whilst sprinters are taller and tend to have a more muscular build with narrow hips & larger muscles.

Rugby: Depending on the position rugby players need many different characteristics but in all they need to have wide, powerful shoulders and arms. Some need to be very tall and Muscular.

Bodybuilding: Body builders have the same kind of physique and they all have a goal of having more muscles.

Image: Bodybuilder from Shutterstock


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