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MisterEThoughts
07-19-2004, 04:35 PM
is 18.4 body fat a lot for 6'0 180 pounds? is that to much because i went to this gym and they told me that it was average? i am 19 years old.

buffzilla
07-19-2004, 04:40 PM
When he said it was average was that American average or European average

Vido
07-19-2004, 05:20 PM
Average (or maybe even below average) when compared to the general public.

High when compared to other bodybuilders.

Gigante66
07-20-2004, 12:15 PM
Average (or maybe even below average) when compared to the general public.

High when compared to other bodybuilders.

Agree.

hemants
07-20-2004, 01:08 PM
I started at 185 18% 5'11,

now I'm 165 13%

short term goal is 175 13%

Spiderman
07-20-2004, 05:26 PM
is 18.4 body fat a lot for 6'0 180 pounds? is that to much because i went to this gym and they told me that it was average? i am 19 years old.

Uh...WRONG! haha.... the average bf for a FEMALE is 18-24%. For a MALE its 8-12%, probably up around 14% on the higher end. So, you're a touch above average bro...The people at that gym must not know too much.....LOL

IdaMAN
07-20-2004, 06:02 PM
8-12% is average for males? I should have sworn the average male is overweight and out of shape.

Manveet
07-20-2004, 07:21 PM
8-12 is way to damn low for an average.

Vido
07-20-2004, 07:49 PM
Uh...WRONG! haha.... the average bf for a FEMALE is 18-24%. For a MALE its 8-12%, probably up around 14% on the higher end. So, you're a touch above average bro...The people at that gym must not know too much.....LOL

Those numbers are so far from accurate it's not even funny. Most of the general public would kill to be at 12%. Hell, even a lot of guys that workout a lot would kill to be at 12%.

Vido
07-20-2004, 07:50 PM
Let me just add that at 12% you should have your abs showing at least somewhat respectably. What % of the public has their abs showing at all? :rolleyes:

Manveet
07-20-2004, 10:24 PM
I'm thinking the 8-12% bodyfat is what the general pop. should AIM for. Hell, 12-14 is probably more realisitc.

Spiderman
07-20-2004, 10:39 PM
Ok, ya got me, I don't know $hit...:rolleyes: 8-12% is the optimal bodyfat range for males, and 18-24% is optimal for females. On average the whole population is way to fu(king fat... this is what I've learned so far...and hell, i'm ONLY a grad student in clinical exercise physiology. :rolleyes:

Spiderman
07-20-2004, 10:40 PM
is 18.4 body fat a lot for 6'0 180 pounds? is that to much because i went to this gym and they told me that it was average? i am 19 years old.

Plain and simple, more than likely that dude who told you that at the gym probably doesn't know $hit.

Vido
07-20-2004, 11:24 PM
Uh...WRONG! haha.... the average bf for a FEMALE is 18-24%. For a MALE its 8-12%, probably up around 14% on the higher end. So, you're a touch above average bro...The people at that gym must not know too much.....LOL


Ok, ya got me, I don't know $hit...:rolleyes: 8-12% is the optimal bodyfat range for males, and 18-24% is optimal for females. On average the whole population is way to fu(king fat... this is what I've learned so far...and hell, i'm ONLY a grad student in clinical exercise physiology. :rolleyes:

You changed what you said. In the initial post you state that 8-12% is average, in the second post you say it's optimal...those are 2 completely different things. The "average" bodyfat cannot be anywhere near the "optimal" bodyfat, statistically speaking.

If you are in grad school you should understand what "average" means. Due to the fact a great percentage of the US population is clinically obese, the other half of the population would need to be severely underweight, while having a high muscle to fat ratio, if the "average" was 8-12%.

JOHNSTUD
07-21-2004, 11:51 AM
Your fine dude thats average.

Shao-LiN
07-21-2004, 05:45 PM
12-15% is probably the average for a somewhat physically fit person. I consider 18%, although not too bad, somewhat high.

In any event, Spidey, you probably misworded yourself. The earlier post said average while the latter said optimal which is why everyone was correcting you. Most people are overweight, so an average of 8-12% would be too low.

Majestic
07-21-2004, 06:20 PM
You changed what you said. In the initial post you state that 8-12% is average, in the second post you say it's optimal...those are 2 completely different things. The "average" bodyfat cannot be anywhere near the "optimal" bodyfat, statistically speaking.

If you are in grad school you should understand what "average" means. Due to the fact a great percentage of the US population is clinically obese, the other half of the population would need to be severely underweight, while having a high muscle to fat ratio, if the "average" was 8-12%.

Yep.

Owned. :study:

ryuage
07-22-2004, 05:33 AM
avg of who??? these cant be avg for american males and females! more like 25% for females and 18% for males... look at the people around you :) It used to be about 13-15% for males and 18 for females. America is fat!