So…I have visible abs but under good lighting. My arms are visibly defined even in most any kind of lighting. I have vascularity in my forearms and in both biceps, especially when training. My upper back is defined, and I can visibly see “christmas tree”…noticeably in my lower back. I’m relatively fair skinned…not pale. I sometimes wonder how this translates to bodyfat %–that is the fact that it typically takes certain lighting to REALLY see my midsection for what it is.
I never cared about the number as much as I cared about the mirror and I don’t own a pair of calipers…but, new information and articles on this site seem to base different approaches on specific bodyfat % levels of the individual. I’m not curious as to where I stand because of this. Is it fair to say that if you can see visible abs…even if it’s under certain lighting…and that the other factors I have described also apply, that one must be in the 10-12% ?
I’m training for my last race of this year…it’s a simple 5k…then I’m giving up endurance training for a while in favor of getting back on board with weights more, eating more and putting on some quality lean mass…so this matters to me, as it may affect which approach I take.
I will buy calipers to be sure…but I’d like to hear opinions on this.