<<< He said he’s made progress, maybe he does know his body fat, but since he doesn’t know what it started at, he can’t brag about losing 5.342%.
OP, are you just trying to figure out what you started with so you can gauge your progress?
This is what’s been killin me ever since I started training again. I brought it up last year sometime too.
Here’s a quick bodybuilding glossary:
Progress> Muscular gains
Results> See progress
Bodyfat Percentage> Something you MIGHT actually think about after making substantial progress (see progress) and even then it tells you practically nothing any more useful than a mirror or pinch test.
The whole language of the muscle game is being rewritten right under our noses.[/quote]
Well said. Most of the people worrying about their “number” don’t need to be focusing on it at all. I know guys who compete who don’t worry about their specific body fat percentage so why is some guy who is a relative newbie with a limited home gym worried about it?
If his “number” turned out to be 17%, would he start dieting? If it was 13% would he start eating more? Why couldn’t his mirror tell him what to do?
I have seen people in condition most wish they could be in get read at 17% body fat and start getting depressed about it. They weren’t depressed before they knew the number, they weren’t out of shape and their abs were visible.
Thanks to knowing their body fat percentage, they can now screw up any further progress.