Bodyfat% Levels....

[S]alvatore

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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

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Thanks a bundle man, this helped me out alot trying to work out my bf%, I get different values using different calipers and electronic scales, range from 10%-18%.

But using the definitions you posted and those pics as a guide line I look defined right after a workout and hard when I wake up in the morning. Awesome for the ego aswel, I'm about to go to bed and im hyped up about early morning training :)
 

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My goal is about 8%.
 

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He's not 5% in that picture, i'm sure.


At 5% bodyfat, you look shredded. Even when you're skinny, your viens stick out in your forearms, your abs are very visible just standing around. He's probably around 9-11%

Also, most of those guys that look "gross" are bodybuilders. They are in a state of extreme dieting, so that they LOOK gross on purpose. Chance are, if your average joe gets down to 5% bf, they will just look incredibly lean, instead of tons of striations and vasularity, sort of like the 3rd picture under the 5% range.
 
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damn im 7.7% and only my top abs are barely visible, got striation in the delts and a little in the chest tho. its funny because my obliques are cushiony and my ass bulging and fat.. but my back is clearly defined....
 

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charlie brown said:
damn im 7.7% and only my top abs are barely visible, got striation in the delts and a little in the chest tho. its funny because my obliques are cushiony and my ass bulging and fat.. but my back is clearly defined....
from your own description of yourself, you are clearly not 7.7%.
 

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and to get some sun every now and then
 
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no,i am 7.7% i go to a gym, The Answer is Fitness and they got this machine that measures it w/ sticky pads on your foot and arm, i was 6.4 % and did not look at all like the pic....then i gained 12 lbs to 7.7........ i think people tend to store fat in different areas
and my ass.... not really bulging, but plump and fun for chicks to grab, bad choice of words..
 
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