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Something to compare to.

#1 Postby hellguy » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:55 am

I know in the gym it isn't about doing what others can do, it's about doing what you can do.

Still, I have a question. I am hoping to get my bodyfat down to a reasonable level to maybe 5-10%. I want to weigh about 180lbs at that percentage. My question is this: How much are you guys in that size range lifting?

I would like something to base my progress on so I can get an idea if I am on track for that size and also to have a goal. I am currently 5'8" and 187. After dropping some fat I know I will need to build up. I am interested in bench, squat, etc.

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Re: Something to compare to.

#2 Postby hellguy » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:01 am

Nothing?

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Re: Something to compare to.

#3 Postby vegansludge » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:17 am

hellguy wrote:Still, I have a question. I am hoping to get my bodyfat down to a reasonable level to maybe 5-10%.


Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but ... isn't it quite difficult to maintain such a low-level in the long-term?
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#4 Postby hellguy » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:04 pm

I was told that 5 or less can be. 5-10 should be a little more reasonable. It also depends upon the "mirror" once I hit that level. I may not go that low.

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#5 Postby Baby Hercules » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:46 pm

Hellguy, I recommend dropping 5% at a time and holding there for a month or so to acclimate to the new state of things. I don't believe in setpoints of any kind but I do believe in a learning curve for the body. A whole bunch of systems have to recalibrate every time a change like that happens just to maintain an efficient balance in the whole machine. Step down a little, then do some bulking, then step down some more, then do some bulking. Sometimes if you do it all in one fell swoop, there can be unpleasant repercussions. Don't worry about it, your body knows what to do. Give it space and time and it'll take you there all by itself. Work with it. It's already happening.

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#6 Postby hellguy » Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Baby Hercules wrote:Hellguy, I recommend dropping 5% at a time and holding there for a month or so to acclimate to the new state of things. I don't believe in setpoints of any kind but I do believe in a learning curve for the body. A whole bunch of systems have to recalibrate every time a change like that happens just to maintain an efficient balance in the whole machine. Step down a little, then do some bulking, then step down some more, then do some bulking. Sometimes if you do it all in one fell swoop, there can be unpleasant repercussions. Don't worry about it, your body knows what to do. Give it space and time and it'll take you there all by itself. Work with it. It's already happening.

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As always, you come with good advice. I definitely believe in taking small steps. I am going to bulk for a little bit, maybe 6 weeks, and then switch to some cutting for a while.

I agree that the body needs an adjustment period for each phase.

"Baby steps Bob, baby steps."

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Re: Something to compare to.

#7 Postby Baby Hercules » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:23 pm

hellguy wrote:"Baby steps Bob, baby steps."


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Re: Something to compare to.

#8 Postby Nicholas_Weir » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:27 pm

7% is photoshoot model level, it requires a lot of dedication and hard work to maintain that level of bf%, not to mention it takes quite a bit of work to reach that level in the first place.

(8, 9, 10% , yeah it is possible and easy to maintain for many).

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