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I dont compete, but I have been bodybuilding for 7 years.
I'm 5'10" 180lbs. 8-9% BF
The lowest my BF has been was 7 1/2 % at a weight of 172lbs about four years ago.
I have set a new personal goal of 6% and started my cutting phase three days ago.
My question is for those who have suceeded in lowering their BF for comp or personal reasons to 6% and lower.
I maintain 8-9% year round, is it difficult to maintain 6% year round?
Any advice or sugestions to help me along the way would be great.
My diet is pretty solid, about 2000 calories..High protien, about 100 grams of carbs and
low in Sat fats.
Supplements: Whey, Glutimine, Animal Cuts, flax,
and multi vitamins.
Workout: one body part a day followed by 20 min of cardio
total workout time 40 min. (five days a week)
08-15-2003, 06:21 AM
Hey!!! that sounds like about the same type of goal that I have with the same diet and training schedule.
Although I just started trying to lean out a little and may try to go down as low as 6%, I don't think I will try to stay at that level. I find the 8% comfortable for heavier lifting. I did need to lean out some though because my bodyfat has been creeping up a little and my metabolism was starting to slow down a little.
Up the cardio to 1 hour a day, five days a week, minimum, lower intensity (BASED ON HEART RATE). 1 cheaqt day per week to keep focus.
08-18-2003, 06:54 PM
When I was dieting, once I got down to 5-6%, my energy levels were so low it was disgusting. I stopped dieting at about 4-5%, and I weighed 170lbs, 1 week later I was back to 190! Of course I was bloated to all hell, but I felt great! (even though I could barely move from all the glycogen loaded in my muscles)
08-22-2003, 09:32 AM
Add some isometric contractions in your workouts to get rid of excess water. This will reduce your bf% concentration. 6% will make you feel a bit weaker, but if you stay determined with endurnance in lifting, it won't be as bad