Body Fat % - Whats yours?

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    Aug 30, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    last caliper measurements at the gym put me at 14% big improvement from the 25% body fat i started off with in feb of this year.
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    hairymusclejock saidlast caliper measurements at the gym put me at 14% big improvement from the 25% body fat i started off with in feb of this year.

    I mentioned above I had taught college phy ed, to both my Army ROTC Cadets, and also to the student body at large. And what I did at the beginning of each semester was have all my students given a caliper test for body fat, as well as a 3-zone strength test (legs, torso and arms).

    And what amazed me was that a lot of these young men, mostly aged 18 to early 20s, may have looked buff on the outside and not been overweight for their height, but they were all fat on the inside. Percentages into the 20s were not uncommon, some exceeding my female students.

    Too much junk food I assumed, and not enough exercise. You don't need to have a beer belly to be obese, all the fat hanging over your belt buckle: the fat can be "marbled" throughout your muscles, like a good steak.

    And their strength tests proved it, actually much weaker than they looked. I was stronger than many of them, though smaller, lighter, 15 years older, with none of their brawny appearance, many actually with rather good definition. It taught me that body fat cannot be judged by either height/weight alone or appearance, but must be objectively measured.
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    hairymusclejock saidlast caliper measurements at the gym put me at 14% big improvement from the 25% body fat i started off with in feb of this year.

    I mentioned above I had taught college phy ed, to both my Army ROTC Cadets, and also to the student body at large. And what I did at the beginning of each semester was have all my students given a caliper test for body fat, as well as a 3-zone strength test (legs, torso and arms).

    And what amazed me was that a lot of these young men, mostly aged 18 to early 20s, may have looked buff on the outside and not been overweight for their height, but they were all fat on the inside. Percentages into the 20s were not uncommon, some exceeding my female students.

    Too much junk food I assumed, and not enough exercise. You don't need to have a beer belly to be obese: the fat can be "marbled" throughout your muscles, like a good steak.

    And their strength tests proved it, actually much weaker than they looked. I was stronger than many of them, though smaller, lighter, 15 years older, with none of their brawny appearance, many actually with rather good definition. It taught me that body fat cannot be judged by either weight alone or appearance, but must be objectively measured.


    Actually at 25% i looked nothing like i do now. i had a huge belly use to wear 6 pant sizes larger and my face was a lot chubbier too. just didn't take care of myself. i've only seriously been working out for little more than a year.
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    When I measured it last Friday I was at 11%, down from 12% the week before...funny thing is, I skipped my Cardio day last week
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    just over 11%. ranges between 10-12% depending on the season. less in the winter coz i play more squash. i'm lucky, my metabolism is out of control, so i don't really have to do much to maintain a bf below 12.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    The other thing I'll note is that very low body fat percentages can present risks for some individuals. Some guys will thrive at 9 or 10, while others may suffer health consequences, especially if the low percentage is reached too quickly.

    I had a BF who was obsessed with going below 10%, and he did get to 9 by going to the gym almost every day. Only problem was, he'd faint on me when we spent any time doing strenuous outdoor activities, like hiking. Imagine this healthy-looking guy fainting, and this old wreck continuing to limp along with a cane.

    The first time it happened I thought he was having a seizure, like I do, since he first became disoriented, then had balance problems, and finally keeled over unconscious. I got him aid and he was revived, with his doctor telling him the next day that his absence of fat reserves meant he lacked energy reserves, nothing for his body to draw upon and metabolize at times of increased demand, worse when combined with a missed meal.

    I know marathon runners manage it with inhumanly low body fat levels, but this guy in his early 50s could not. So his doctor told him to put some weight on (he was already below ideal height/weight). He was reluctant to do so, not wanting to lose the slender figure he liked. It took several more fainting incidents to get him motivated, and even today I think he's still underweight.

    So just a thought, that might not apply as much to the younger guys here. Everybody's body is different, so don't everyone assume an under-10% goal is ideal. And if in doubt or older, consult with a doctor or sports nutritionist.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    13.8% i was 21% back in december
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    Sep 01, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    Between 8 and 10, I'm guessing. Most pinch tests don't work for me...
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    Sep 01, 2011 8:27 AM GMT
    RedheadedRy saidBetween 8 and 10, I'm guessing. Most pinch tests don't work for me...


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    Sep 01, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    RedheadedRy saidBetween 8 and 10, I'm guessing. Most pinch tests don't work for me...


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    Wow you changed your main profile picture.

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    Sep 01, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    My body fat percentage was around 11% during most of my years in gymnastics. Then a year after I quit the sport I reached 13.5% since I obviously wasn't working out nearly as much. Since then I've trimmed down to 12% and am content with myself as I am icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 01, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidMy body fat percentage was around 11% during most of my years in gymnastics. Then a year after I quit the sport I reached 13.5% since I obviously wasn't working out nearly as much. Since then I've trimmed down to 12% and am content with myself as I am icon_biggrin.gif


    Can you actually feel or see the difference between 11% and 13.5% ?!
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    Sep 01, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    pocketnico saidMy body fat percentage was around 11% during most of my years in gymnastics. Then a year after I quit the sport I reached 13.5% since I obviously wasn't working out nearly as much. Since then I've trimmed down to 12% and am content with myself as I am icon_biggrin.gif


    Can you actually feel or see the difference between 11% and 13.5% ?!


    Haha, I definitely felt different! Your body goes through quite a few changes once you stop training a sport. I went from training gymnastics 20 hours a week to casual workouts not to blow up after I quit, haha. My body went through some roller coaster changes after the first two years, but I've since stabilized. I'm happy with myself now.
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    Sep 01, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    I'm probably somewhere in the 9 -12% range, which is where it's been for about the last 20-25 years. Given that I run, bike, swim, lift and do yoga for a total of 12-18 hours a week, it should probaby be less, but it seems to be where my body is happiest, and where my performance is maximized.
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    Sep 01, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    Cityaznguy saidhttp://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=214711&s=135f4c7bc63c9911b3167c2ce21c2399&p=20622431#post20622431

    I feel this is a very helpful post on bodybuilding.com. It tells you what % BF would look like. I guess mine is somewhere in 13-14%. I haven't measured it >_<.

    Maybe I should.


    I've never had minee measured, but based on my ht/wt (5-11b and 155) would have thought 10%/12% or so. But when looking at these pics, a bit bafffled.

    Can't believe the pics in tthe aabove link ... 15% looks quite nice, albeit jus ta bit soft. But the pic used for 12% ... WTF ... reallly? HArd to believe 3% is that drastic a change? Especially when the difference between 10% and 12% is not as noticable. Anyone else's take on that?

    Based on the pics, hard for me to estimate where I am BF wise ...
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    Sep 01, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    I had mine measured a few weeks ago for a rowing study for a graduate student. Mine was 12.8%icon_sad.gif. I would love to get it down to 7 or so.

    Does anyone have any pointers for me?
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    Sep 02, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    I'm at 21%. Tested using Hydrostatic dunk tank. Google it.

    My gut will be around for a while.

  • gymhead_anony...

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    Sep 02, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    I was measured 8% body fat
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    Sep 02, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    I don't know. I'm not cut, but I'm thin. I guess I fall in the 6-13% category.
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    Sep 02, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
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  • DrewT

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    Sep 02, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    I think I'm in the 17-20% range.
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    Sep 03, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidNow there's an ideaicon_exclaim.gif

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  • RetroFit

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    Sep 03, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    18.09% by BIA
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    Sep 03, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    calipers say 12% but the guy who did it said he didn't know what he was doing. 5 years ago when I got tested i was 10% and I am so much more lean now then I was then so I am guessing 8%
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    Sep 03, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    I'm 9%..tryin like motherfucker fo 7%