Height to Weight ratio

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    Mar 12, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    I am 5'8 and currently 150lbs. I would like to gain about 5-10 more lbs of muscle but i'm just curious on what you guys would consider an ideal weight based on height. Would 10 more pounds be too much or is it still okay?



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    Mar 12, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    You can calculate your body mass index (BMI) here. Based on your numbers, your BMI is 22.86, which is within the normal range for Americans. BMI gives an indication of the levels of body fat. For certain subgroups, the "normal" reference range has to be adjusted. For example, professional athletes (e.g., football players) and body builders have BMIs that may exceed the normal range due to large amounts of healthy body muscle, so they should not be assessed using the standard reference range.
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    Mar 12, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    what do professionals and bodybuilders use?
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    Mar 12, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    dsmith123 saidYou can calculate your body mass index (BMI) here. Based on your numbers, your BMI is 22.86, which is within the normal range for Americans. BMI gives an indication of the levels of body fat. For certain subgroups, the "normal" reference range has to be adjusted. For example, professional athletes (e.g., football players) and body builders have BMIs that may exceed the normal range due to large amounts of healthy body muscle, so they should not be assessed using the standard reference range.


    Yeah my BMI is 26.5 (which is already "overweight") and I would rather be around 210 or so, which would put me at almost a BMI of 29, very close to what they consider obese (even though I would be under 10% body fat).

    To the OP, 10lbs is perfectly fine. Hell, gain 30lbs of lean mass if you want. Don't pay attention to BMI if you are weight lifting, just look at body fat.
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    Mar 12, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    Looking at you I'd say 10lbs would be just fine. If you want some reference other than my eye you can use the Adjusted Fat Free Mass Index. It gives a better indication than BMI for bodybuilders. You can find a calculator for it at http://www.naturalphysiques.com/tools.php?itemid=28 You will also need to know your body fat percentage and there is an excellent calculation for it that the military uses which you can find here http://www.calculator.net/army-body-fat-calculator.html

    Assuming you are around 16% bodyfat your present adj FFMI is 18.76 which puts you squarely in the middle of "average" (18-19.5) If you add 10 lbs of lean mass and keep your body fat the same you will be at 20.04 - right in the middle of "Above Average" (19.5-20.5). Sounds like a good move to me.

    You can also reference yourself to "ideal" body builder ratios. These take your height and the cirumferences of your wrists and ankles to predict the ideal size of your biceps, chest, thighs, etc. you can find that information at http://www.illpumpyouup.com/articles/symmetry-chart-for-bodybuilding.htm

    good luck!

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    Mar 12, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    dsmith123 saidYou can calculate your body mass index (BMI) here. Based on your numbers, your BMI is 22.86, which is within the normal range for Americans. BMI gives an indication of the levels of body fat. For certain subgroups, the "normal" reference range has to be adjusted. For example, professional athletes (e.g., football players) and body builders have BMIs that may exceed the normal range due to large amounts of healthy body muscle, so they should not be assessed using the standard reference range.


    Cool so i guess my
    5"7"
    210lbs
    15%
    wasn't so bad
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    Mar 12, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    At 5'8, I think anything between 150 to 180 would be a good weight based on whether you have a small or large frame. Of course, at the higher end, I'm assuming more muscle mass and not more fat! icon_wink.gif

    I'm 5'11 and I felt I was in the best shape of my life in my late 20s and at around 185.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    manpic saidwhat do professionals and bodybuilders use?
    Advocare products are endorsed a lot by NFL players and bodybuilders.





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    Mar 13, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    Voltaire said

    You can also reference yourself to "ideal" body builder ratios. These take your height and the cirumferences of your wrists and ankles to predict the ideal size of your biceps, chest, thighs, etc. you can find that information at http://www.illpumpyouup.com/articles/symmetry-chart-for-bodybuilding.htm

    good luck!






    Thanks..that link was very helpful.
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    Mar 14, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    6ft , 215lbs....im obese icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Mar 14, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    There is no specific weight height ratio that holds for everybody. Really depends on your original physical frame and what shape you want to give to it...some like to look like Hulk, others more athletic
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    Mar 14, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/risk.htm#limitations

    * It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
    * It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.

    I don't know why the mention of the BMI on this board always causes people to post things like, "Ignore it", "It doesn't work", "Even though I'm clearly possessing high body fat, the BMI is wrong"


    It has limitations just like every other tool or guide
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    Mar 14, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    BMI is a good indicator for people who aren't avid bodybuilders. Gain lean mass and keep bf% low, Most guys who workout and are muscular would be considered obese based on the BMI number. Hell I'm 5'8.5(yes, the half is important lol) and 164 lbs. which gives me like a 24.35 BMI, and I am trying to get up to 175 by June and my bf% is like 9-10%. Just eat healthy, eat lean, eat often, and lift hard