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The term ectomorph refers to a body type (somatotype) characterized by a light build, slight muscular development and little body fat. [1][2][3] An example of an ectomorphic person in the sports would be a typical long distance runner or basketball player. Generally, ectomorphs rank high on endurance, flexibility and agility. [4]


* "Hard Gainer"
   * Delicate Built Body
   * Flat Chest
   * Fragile
   * Lean
   * Lightly Muscled
   * Small Shouldered
   * Long Limbs
   * Thin

Extreme ectomorphs may also have a sensitivity to temperature extremes as well. [5] Ectomorphs have been found, on average, to show more social anxiety and introversion and to be more analytical of mind. Ectomorphs posess a fast metabolism which requires more calories and more training to show muscle gains.

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  1. Donche, Dan (2008). FF Trainer Certification Guide. USA: Fatal Fitness. 
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  4. unknown (n.d.). Measuring Somatotype. Retrieved on 2008-08-08.
  5. unknown (n.d.). Body Type Information. Retrieved on 2008-08-08.