If you are starting a bodybuilding program it is useful to know what body type you are to determine how well you are going to respond to exercise and weight training and any modifications you might need to make to your training program. Usually it is as simple as looking in the mirror, and looking at your overall body shape to see what type you fall into.
If you are tall and skinny then this would tend to mean you fall into the group known as endomorphs. These are the classic hard-gainers and if you fall into this group and have already started weight training you will know that no matter what you do, it is very difficult to put on weight or muscle. You do have one advantage though and that as well as being difficult to put on muscle you will also find it difficult to put on fat. When you do start to gain muscle mass you will tend to notice it more and will have a greater chance of looking ripped. You may not get the big arms or chest typical of most bodybuilders but you will look muscular and bigger as a result.
The next group are the mesomorphs. Usually shorter, heavier, squat and naturally muscular. A lot of these guys will often say they only need to look at a set of weights and put on muscle. For mesomorphs a less intense workout regime will often result in good lean muscle mass gains. However, the danger is also putting on fat, and therefore it is important to have a high proportion of protein in the daily calorie intake than the endomorphs.
Endomorphs, should, ideally take in at least 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily along with increasing general calorie intake to stimulate a body building or anabolic state.
Great gains can be achieved by both body types but those with an ectomorphic body type will need to work harder in the gym to stimulate muscle growth and increase their calorie intake. Those with a mesomorphic body type need to be careful about gaining fat and may find they cycle between bulking up by building muscle and fat and then cutting down calories to lose the fat.
This article explains how knowing your body type can help you with your body building program. I discovered this when I started the Vince Delmonte Fitness program. Like myself Vince Delmonte was a hard-gainer and using his knowledge it was possible to devise a weight training program that maximized my gains by using my time and diet more efficiently.