So I just joined this boxing club at my university. (I’m no boxer, but am down for new things and now I love it.)
After training one day, some guys got onto the discussion of bodyfat. My coach said he was at one time at 6%. I was like wow, because that’s a really low. He then he said, “well I’m probably around ten or so now.” Now this guy is about 5’6" or 5’7" and weighs 200lbs, 40 years old. He has sort of a powerlifters’ build. He is an amazing boxer, and has boxed for prolly 20+ years. He has a gut, but his abs are so strong that when he is pumped you can see a little definition.
So while I am thinking to myself this guy has got to be a little more than 10, probably more like >15-20, this other guy who is probably 5’10 and can’t be more than 145-155lbs says he is at 5%. My draw drops. I shut up, cause I didn’t really feel like getting into a discussion. (I was ready to go eat.)
My thoughts are that this is pretty much bullshit. Good guy, but doesn’t know what he is talking about. Without considerable mass, your body most likely won’t get that low. Right? I mean, this guy is SKINNY.
Then there’s the coach. He is built like a short little hoss. But as a boxer, his muscles don’t have the development of a weightlifter. With his short on, he has a gut. But, when he takes his shirt off, he is solid, chest and abs. Plus, this guy has strength and endurance like no one I’ve met. He can WAAAY outperform and outlast all of us guys who are all around 20. Of course, we’re all beginners
I am thinking this guy more than 10%. He is 200lbs and only is 5’6.
What do you guys think? Do powerlifters have low bodyfat without looking like it? Thoughts?