Got half an hour or so to kill, so I thought i'd post this guide up. It's originally found on the Bodybuilding.com forum, posted by a bodybuilder named Abdominator. I just thought i'd transfer it here so you can get a rough idea where you stand in terms of bodyfat %. Text is copy+pasted, but I uploaded the images myself, as I don't think the people over at Bodybuilding.com would appreciate the extra bandwidth being used on any site except theirs. 1. Full house = Over or near 20% bodyfat with no visible muscle definition and only a hint of separation between major muscle groups if those groups are very large. Basically a person in this state could be confused for a football linebacker. If you're higher than this bodyfat percentage, you'd be considered overweight/obese. Here are some examples of the Full House state: http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/8255/dscf03339zw.jpg http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3975/joseph0299bb.jpg http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/3552/precomp4le.jpg 2. Hard = Some muscle separation appears between delts and upper arm. Abs are still not visible. Approximately 15% bodyfat. http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/685/4a1zt.jpg 3. Cut = More muscle separation appears particularly in the chest and back, outline of the abs begins to appear slightly. Approximate bodyfat level = 12% Here's are 2 examples of Abdominator in the Cut state: http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3172/skip0803fdb7js.jpg http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/1125/skip0803rlx2wd.jpg 4. Defined = Muscle separations get deeper in the arms, chest, legs and back, and abs appear when flexed. Approx. bodyfat level = 10% Here's an example of Abdominator in the Defined state: http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9752/skip110203rlxserious37bf.jpg 5. Ripped = Abs are clearly visible all the time, vascularity in arms is prominent, chest and back separation is obvious, and face is starting to appear more angular. Condition can be held indefinitely. Approximate bodyfat level = 7-9% Here are some examples of the Ripped state: http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/460/railz511mms2gl.jpg http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/79/skip110203st2yw.jpg 6. Shredded = Striations appear in large muscle groups when they are flexed. You look small in clothes, but look fantastic when you're not. Vascularity appears in lower abdomen and in the legs. Condition can be held for several days with careful dieting. Competitive bodybuilders often aim for this state for competition day. It can also be noted that they are holding little to no water. Approximate bodyfat level = 5-7% Here are some example of the Shredded state: http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/8650/comp6wa.jpg http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/9462/skipbackstagemm0xr.jpg http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/5385/mostmuscular16me.jpg http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/6943/kamali1is.jpg 7. Sliced = Muscles and tendons begin to appear in the face when chewing, striations appear everywhere and vascularity appears everywhere. Bodyfat levels are close to 3% and subcutaneous water levels are near 0. Condition can only be held for a few hours at a time. Not a healthy condition to stay in due to lower water level. Here's an example of someone in the Sliced state: http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/3478/veryvascularbb0jg.jpg Also if this thread could be stickied.