View Full Version : a few ?'s re: BF%

08-13-2002, 09:10 PM
today i got my bf% measured for the 1st time:17%. 3 weeks ago i started a cutting diet and increased my cardio, have lost 6 lbs. since. i'm sure some of that's muscle cuz i do "feel" a lil weaker on some lifts. now my questions are:

1.) would it be realistic of me to say i'd like to get my bf down to 10-12% in a 6-12 month period?? sooner?

2.) what's a "good" BF% to be at? is it a diffeent % individually?

3.) will drinking water 1-2 gallons/day affect my cutting in any way? (yes, my nephrology system works well...i pee alot)

i work out each muscle group once a week(sometimes working the larger ones twice). do 60 min. cardio/weekly.


08-13-2002, 10:29 PM
entrrt...at our age anything under about 14% is considered excellent. but for a serious weight trainer 10% is pretty average.

regarding the time that is takes that is up to you and how clean you can make your diet.

drinking water is essential for fat loss...1-2 gallons a day is good. but don't force yourself water just to hit that 2 gallon mark.

08-13-2002, 10:33 PM
LAM - 10% is sooooooo far from average. Where are you training? I think most guys are largely in the 15-25% range in the gyms I've trained in.

08-13-2002, 10:38 PM
he said serious weight trainer

08-13-2002, 10:42 PM
Yeah, I'm talking serious weight trainers. 10% is pretty damn ripped. Most gyms I've been to the average guy look like they've spent the last 3 years bulking.

I think 15%+ is the norm. 10% is the exception.

08-13-2002, 11:00 PM
anyone who is truely serious about the dieting aspect of weight training isn't going to be any higher than 14-15% (after a bulking period)because the proper bb diet won't allow that to happen.

08-13-2002, 11:06 PM
Most guys are over 15% - even "serious" ones. 10% is pretty lean. And LAM there is a difference between a competition BBer and a serious weight trainer - competition BBers are the exception and it sounds like that is what you are talking about.

btw - when are we gonna see some pics LAM?

08-13-2002, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by LAM
anyone who is truely serious about the dieting aspect of weight training isn't going to be any higher than 14-15% (after a bulking period)because the proper bb diet won't allow that to happen.

LAM, what are you saying? That most IFBB pro's don't go over 15%? That's seems crazy. Lee Preist must get close to 30% in the off-season. I would say most pros who "bulk" easily go close to 20%. Guys like Shawn Ray stay fairly close to single digits, if not in them, but that's the extreme I would say.

Maybe you think 10% is fatter than it really is?

08-13-2002, 11:26 PM
IFBB pro's are a completely different story. when the average non-AS using weight trainer goes on a cut they cut cals, do more cardio and take some Xenadrine etc.

when a IFBB pro goes on a cut they cut cals, increase cardio and take equipoise, test, winny, DNP and probably through in some clen and T3. that's how they hold on to so much muscle and can cut so much bf in such shorter periods of time to get ready for a show.

08-13-2002, 11:57 PM
well, I agree with you that 15% should be the end result of a bulk, but I don't think it is often the case if you follow what I mean.

08-14-2002, 07:05 AM
how high would you say let your bf% go before you cut?

08-14-2002, 08:59 AM
I've never been higher than 16% bf after a bulk...I hate cutting there isn't one fun thing about it...

08-14-2002, 09:08 AM
i have to agree with you .. personally i havnt cut as i jsut started lifting not to long ago... my ideal goal is to gain about 20 lbs or more ill probly just bulk until i hit that and then see where im at...

08-14-2002, 12:31 PM
for those of you who have "bulked-cut-bulked-cut"....how often do ya get your BF measured(every 3 months?)? and do ya find that your BF varies quite a bit between sessions? how much variance?

08-14-2002, 12:36 PM
I get my bf checked every 3-4 weeks...

08-14-2002, 12:48 PM
where do you get your bf checked at... or do you just buy calipers?

08-14-2002, 03:58 PM
LAM- why so often? does it change that much every month?

Puttn- if ya belong to a gym they probabley have some calipers.if not, then maybe your doc does? or i guess just buy a pair.

08-14-2002, 04:04 PM
i lift at home but im gonna do a search and see if i cant order up some calipers

08-14-2002, 04:20 PM
Magnus...I have a pic from April posted in my first post in the general lounge. I will post new ones once my bottom abs come out which should be soon as I just started carb cycling on monday.

entrrt...I'm cutting right now and my cals are right on the border as they are pretty low (2750) for my size. I need to stay on top of my diet to make corrections as to not see any loses in LBM.