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    Safe Body Fat Percentage for Competition?

    I'm getting my body fat percentage checked tonight, as I want to drop to 136 for an upcoming tournament (I walk at a comfortable 155, I just dropped to 145 but lost some strength because I fasted stupidly, and I'm thinking if I can make 136 then I'll clean house in that bracket. I routinely walk all over the few guys in that weight class during training).

    I'm guestimating that my body fat is between 8% and 14%...but I've heard that dropping below a certain point gets dangerous...especially for "join intensive" endeavors like grappling.

    Opinions? Experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satori
    I'm getting my body fat percentage checked tonight, as I want to drop to 136 for an upcoming tournament (I walk at a comfortable 155, I just dropped to 145 but lost some strength because I fasted stupidly, and I'm thinking if I can make 136 then I'll clean house in that bracket. I routinely walk all over the few guys in that weight class during training).

    I'm guestimating that my body fat is between 8% and 14%...but I've heard that dropping below a certain point gets dangerous...especially for "join intensive" endeavors like grappling.

    Opinions? Experiences?
    Experiences: none

    Opinions: get you bf% checked.

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    The essential body fat % needed for a typical male is 3 - 5%. When you get bellow that you can start having issues with your internal organs, joints, etc.

    If your between 8 - 14% you shouldn't have a problem with your joint. You may have some strength, energy, and dehydration issues if your droping so much weight however

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    anything above 6% is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benonmsn
    anything above 6% is fine.
    Oh good, my 40% body fat is fine then. :happy:

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    100% BODY FAT.

    No muscles, no bones, no problem. That's my motto.

    I dunno, ever watch the show Ninja Warrior? If not, check it out on youtube.
    One of the best competitors is a fireman from gifu provence who they constantly mention has only 3% body fat, and he's athletic as all hell. So I would trust the guy who said anything above 3-5% is ok. It really has more to do with where you are comfortable. 3% is fine is you have worked and conditioned to it, but if you were to drop from 10-5% overnight, you would porbably feel like ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BudoMonkey
    100% BODY FAT.

    No muscles, no bones, no problem. That's my motto.

    I dunno, ever watch the show Ninja Warrior? If not, check it out on youtube.
    One of the best competitors is a fireman from gifu provence who they constantly mention has only 3% body fat, and he's athletic as all hell. So I would trust the guy who said anything above 3-5% is ok. It really has more to do with where you are comfortable. 3% is fine is you have worked and conditioned to it, but if you were to drop from 10-5% overnight, you would porbably feel like ****.
    My fiance and I were watching Ninja Warrior when that guy was competing and she starting talking about how ripped he was, how perfect his body was, blah blah blah.

    **** him, I'm glad he lost in the third challenge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satori
    I'm guestimating that my body fat is between 8% and 14%...but I've heard that dropping below a certain point gets dangerous...especially for "join intensive" endeavors like grappling.

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    I'd be more worried about losing too much too fast instead of %body fat.

    I thought no more than 2lbs / week (not including water) was the safe rule of thumb.

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    Ugh, I tested my body fat tonight, and came out at 4.8% to 5.1%.

    I call bullshit, as I'm not THAT cut...and I'm going to corner the resident body builder and have her pinch me. I used one of those electronic thinga ma jiggers...and I've heard those aren't always accurate.

    ****, if I'm at 5% now, then I can't safely drop 10 lbs to hit the next weight class.

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    Nah, don't cut any more weight. The machine you used can't be THAT innacurate. How tall are you again?

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