View Full Version : What is a healthy BF%

04-16-2002, 12:25 AM
For the average weight lifter( not Pro) ? Bodybuilder(notpro) whats a healty BF% Mine is 12% and I can see the outline of My ABS and intercostals coming in prettty good..How low do I need to get to see them real well?? will they show prettty good at 6 to 8..????? I have heard below 5% and its getting unhealty if your a active individual..I know the guys that get tp3% almost pass out sometimes.....

04-16-2002, 07:00 AM
I think for a healthy female its around 18% or so and for a male it's around 15%.

At about 10 or 11% your abs will probably starting showing much more.

04-16-2002, 11:57 AM
there will be a large variance on what is healthy level.
I would be more worried about blood pressure, heart rate than body fat.
if they are okay plus a couple of other variables are good you will be healthy.

i think body fat is a side effect rather than a cause of bad health.

04-16-2002, 01:53 PM
I think it's all related...

04-16-2002, 01:54 PM
my abs dont show unless im at like 3 or 4% bf, little did i know thats very unhealthy.

04-16-2002, 01:58 PM
It's probably not a very accurate BF% test either.

04-16-2002, 03:31 PM
Your bodyfat % is heavily influenced by age. As you get older your body stores more fat around the internal organs so you can look leaner than a younger person but have a higher bodyfat %!

If you are very lean and still feel healthy and energetic that's still a good bodyfat % no matter how low.

If your definition is reasonably good at 12% then it would probably look amazing at 8% because you've probably got about 3-4% essential fat around or in your organs.

04-16-2002, 08:29 PM
cool..im shooting for 8 % by this summer....

Podium Kreatin
04-17-2002, 10:08 AM
the avg american is 20%, what's considered health is 12%. below 10% too long is unhealthy

04-17-2002, 01:04 PM
Some people seem to be able to stay at very very low BF however. As an example, Bruce Lee had something really low, but was still able to train effectively because of his good diet, cardio and strength work (I think).

04-17-2002, 02:15 PM
bruce lee died at 32 from unknown causes. for the healthiness of low BF long peroids let look at some who managed this well into their 60's.

04-18-2002, 04:05 AM
check ou Clarence Bass hes been about 8% for about 30 yrs, and still scores very well in fitness tests

www.cbass.com i think

04-18-2002, 11:23 AM
health and fitness are only correlated to a certian degree.

04-18-2002, 12:07 PM
what is health?

getting really old?

being athletic?

feeling good?

being strong?

just what the hell is health? what kinda word is that?

04-18-2002, 02:38 PM
at upper echolons of sport they are very fit, but not as healthy as there immune system is weakend from the stress of exercise.

after the olympic athletes get flew more easily as they are exhausted after a hard season. theya re still very fit though

also steroid increase fitness but not health. taking steroids, growht homrone insulin can mkae you very fit, but not very healthy. eg tour de france cyclist are fit, but a few droped dead so not as health.

BTW for a general person a increase in fitness , means a increase in health.