The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Body fat test accurate?

    I was talking to someone else who works at the gym, and we were talking about different lifts and what my goals were. I mentioned that I was sitting at 27% body fat, and he looked at me like I was crazy and was like "Where!?!?"... so my question is, how accurate is the three point caliper test? It's electronic, so there is no reading the numbers on the actual caliper, but I can't help but wonder if the guy doing it is doing something wrong. 27 sounds high, and I'm not "fat", just a little squishy. Does anybody have a pic of someone between 25 and 30% body fat?

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    Done properly they are fairly accurate, but I wouldn't rely on them for an absolute value. Based on your vague description, 25% is believable. Most female athletes hover between 15-20%. And keep in mind that 25% on a female looks A LOT different than 25% on a male - which may be the reason for his confusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony
    And keep in mind that 25% on a female looks A LOT different than 25% on a male - which may be the reason for his confusion.
    Very true. I'm not too bad at guessing the BF of males, but trying to guess the BF of females is a whole different game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony
    And keep in mind that 25% on a female looks A LOT different than 25% on a male - which may be the reason for his confusion.
    That's my guess too.

    Don't worry so much about a number. I wouldn't care if I was 99%bf as long as I'm healthy and like the way I look.
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    Yeah those weight machines said I was 14% then 2 weeks later 21% after I was working out... I dont look over 20%, the thing is bull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    I'm 14% in my avatar and in the "end of cut" pix, if this helps.
    Gawd I hate idiot information online. I read on this one page that women need to be below 6% body fat to see their abs. Can you believe that bull****?
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