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Old 06-21-2005, 05:31 PM   #1
Matthew Townsend
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I measured my body fat this morning. It was 17.4%. This is the lowest it's been in the two or so years I've been training at the gym.

I feel, and look, as though I could go a fair bit lower, but the instructor at the gym told me that I shouldn't go too much lower. Having said that, she told me that she's at 14%.

What should I be aiming for as an ideal body fat ratio? I'm thinking 14 or 15 should be okay.

I can't really see my ribs and I've still got a bit of a belly. I wanna six pack. :-)

I'm doing the WoD and eating a watered down paleo diet: lean meats, fruit, nuts and veges and some rice.

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Old 06-21-2005, 05:53 PM   #2
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Most males tend to see performance deteriorate in the mid-single digits. 5% or so.

In general, women have much higher fat percentages (for child bearing and all). IIRC, 14% is about as low as women should go.

I'd say you've got a while to go. Stick with the WoD and paleo.
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:13 PM   #3
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The lowest I've been with no adverse affects was 12% - You've got plenty of room. :happy:
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:53 PM   #4
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I'm between 5 and 6% by caliper-based measurements (ie- a small margin of error is expected).



I'm fine, thanks.

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Old 06-22-2005, 12:35 AM   #5
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Same here. 6.5% last week using calipers.
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Old 06-22-2005, 06:54 AM   #6
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I dunno, Dan - at what percent did you break out in those weird stripes on your back? :biggrin:

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Old 06-22-2005, 11:37 AM   #7
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6 packs usually don't start appearing until you drop to the 10% or below range (for most people, it depends where they carry thier fat).

That would be the target to shoot for. I wouldn't rush it though. Loosing fat the healthy way takes time. Just keep up the diet and WOD and the fat will melt away on it's own.

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is another route that a lot of us CFers are trying out, you might want to do some research about it and try it out yourself.
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:08 PM   #8
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I can give no advice as my BF tends to stay around 15%. I'd love to be single digit one day.

I think I'll try cardio. . .


kidding. I kid.
I'm a kidder. It's what I do.

Maybe one spin class. . .
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:32 PM   #9
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Jonathan-

The stripes showed up, slowly, over the course of my first punk rock show.

Ron-

I hear Coach used to run a spin class.

-D.

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Old 06-22-2005, 01:15 PM   #10
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I'm curious what world the trainer at the gym is living in...

Anyway, as was said by others you are fine. Appearance and performance/quality of life are the best measures of how lean you should be. The "too lean" mark is a little different for everyone. If your energy drops off, you start chewing peoples heads off, crying, spending long periods of time sitting in dark rooms staring into space for no good reason or your WOD times plummet AND you look rather chiseled it may be time to add some more fat/tweak the diet.

If all feels well and you are moving towards your goals then keep doing what you are doing.
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