This blog will prepare you for your Level 2 Principles Revision and explain what is a somatotype, exploring all 3 dominant body shapes.
- What is a Somatotype?
- Why you need to understand somatotypes
- A 7 mins Video Tutorial teaches you the somatotypes
- The characteristics of all 3 somatotypes
- How to learn with simplicity for your L2 Principles Exam
- Three Example Mock Question about the L2 Principles Exam
What is a Somatotype?
A somatotype is a method for categorising body shapes, based on the grouping of key characteristics.
There are three somatotypes:
Each somatotype has different characteristics, which makes the individual predisposed look slightly different from each other. Somatotype grouping has also been used for sport selection, because the biomechanics of the human body vary so much between somatotypes.
Why you need to understand somatotypes?
Understanding Somatotypes is key for two reasons. Firstly you will get 3 to 6 questions about this topic in your level 2 principles of exercise exam.
Secondly, once you’re qualified and working with clients, understanding somatotypes and how this affects your goal setting and programming for them.
There are usually 32 questions in your level 2 principles of exercise exam [check with your training provider as this can vary slightly].
If you have 3 to 6 questions out of 32… 16% of your exam can be tucked away in today’s video:
Plus check your learning with the level 2 principles of exercise mock question below
7 min Video Tutorial: What is a Somatotype?
Characteristics of an Ectomorph:
- Tall and Slim
- Low Body Fat %
- Easy to Burn Fat
- Hard to Bulk
- Type 1 Muscle Fibres
- Aerobic & Endurance
Characteristics of an Endomorph:
- Short and Stocky
- Longer Torso
- Shorter Limbs
- Hard to do Endurance
- Hard to Lose Fat (especially around waist)
- Type 2b Muscle Fibres
- Good Power/ Strength
- Builds Muscle Easily
Characteristics of an Mesomorph:
- Wide Shoulders Narrow Waist
- Gain Muscle Mass Easily
- Type 2a Muscle Fibres
- Adaptable to new sports
- Happy Medium
Test your knowledge with today’s mock questions:
[NOTE: The answers are below the 3rd questions]
Q1: What characteristics are typical of an endomorph?
A = Wide shoulder narrow waist
B = Predominantly Type 2b muscle Fibres
C = Predominantly Type 1 muscle Fibres
D = Low Body Fat
Q2: What characteristics do mesomorphic body types tend to have?
A. Lean with low muscle mass
B. Muscular with broad shoulders
C. Predisposed to fat storage
D. Rounder in appearance
Q3: Typically, Ectomorphs are best suited to which type of physical activity?
A. Heavy weight training
B. Long distance running
C. The shot put
Answers to the mock questions are :
Question 1= B, Question 2 = B, Question 3 = B
YEP – THEY WERE ALL B
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