April 15, 2003

Morphing and Other Insults of Age

All through high school and the first round of college I needed suspenders to hold up my pants; I punched extra holes in belts and cinched them til they gathered my pants-tops in corrugated folds. I always kept my shoes on when occasionally I bothered getting on scales, just to show a few more pounds I wish I could claim. Wiry, mildly muscular, I had basically a swimmer's build. A text book ectomorph with mesomorphic tendencies.

In my mid-thirties through mid-forties, I played tennis and racquetball, hit the Nautilaus machines regularly, and jogged. Body fat still at less than 10% but more muscular. Wrestler's build. An ecto-mesomorph.

And here we are. I take off my shoes when I get on the scales now. I punch holes in the tip-ends of my belts to make them longer. For the first time in my life... zapped with sudden and quite measurable gain in girth and weight. Still a swimmer's build. Only now, I carry my Mickey and Goofy innertube around with me. Is there such a thing as an ecto-endomorph!? The assault on this new phenom... pinchable inches... has begun. I am unfamiliar with the terms of warfare and I dread boot camp. I hear the food is really lousy.

Not familiar with 'somatotypes' (endo-ecto-mesomorph)? It's soft science, perhaps, but interesting nonetheless.

What body type are you? Read on....

From this source....


flat chest
delicate build
young appearance
lightly muscled
large brain
Has trouble gaining weight.
muscle growth takes longer.


hard, muscular body
overly mature appearance
rectangular shaped (hourglass shaped for women)
thick skin
upright posture
gains or loses weight easily
grows muscle quickly.


soft body
underdeveloped muscles
round shaped
over-developed digestive system
trouble losing weight
generally gains muscle easily.

Posted by fred1st at April 15, 2003 06:16 AM | TrackBack

i hear you talking. i'm just hitting 40 now and battling that swimmers build myself. my wife and i went on the atkins diet last week and i'm very pleased with it so far. i'm not hungry and i'm loosing my innertube. i'm looking forward to woodsplitting time too.

Posted by: bud at April 15, 2003 08:28 AM

Welcome to The Heavy Side, Fred...not that there's a whole lot of room over here, but we are a jolly bunch. And much more bouyant.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 15, 2003 09:21 AM

Or 'buoyant,' even. (Darn those vowels!)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 15, 2003 09:23 AM

Fred, I had just the same problem - shot up to six foot three in my late teens and could walk through a rainstorm without getting wet. Nobody mentioned that crash weight-gain powder took fifteen years to kick in! I suppose that's where the expression "it's all gone pear-shaped" comes from....

Posted by: Woody at April 15, 2003 07:21 PM

All you guys are making me afraid! I am 28 and the classic ectomorph. I am tall, skinny, flat chested,
young looking,etc,etc,etc.... Of course, my Dad was all the things also and seems to hit the shift all of you did. I guess I am doomed. Everytime I go to the doctor he says, "you may want to but on a little weight". Well, I am 6'4'' and a 150lbs if I am lucky. Next time the doctor says something, I will tell him I will gain a little weight in 12 years or so.

Posted by: Seth Williams at April 18, 2003 08:37 AM

I'm having problems displaying your style sheet - maybe because I'm running safari on OSX?

Posted by: life insurance at November 23, 2003 05:13 PM

Post a comment

Remember Me?