36.3. That doesn’t look like such an awful number, now does it? It’s symmetrical. It’s a fine number. There’s nothing wrong with it…unless that is your body fat percentage. Then that number is awful, no good, downright evil. Guess what my body fat percentage is? 36.3. Kris and I had our body composition tested today at Augsburg’s Bod Pod. The professor running the test smiled at me and said I was cheating. I asked if my nursing would throw off the numbers but he said just being this close to having a baby is enough to throw the numbers off. Of course my number is going to be high. He said he measured a volleyball coach at the school a couple months after her baby was born and she was in the thirties as well. That comforted me because of course she was in pretty good condition before her pregnancy started. He said I should come back in a couple months and he’d re-test me and we could see all the progress I’m sure to make. Isn’t he sweet? And apparently totally willing to re-measure me any time. Awesome! So, what’s in my body composition report?
Body Mass (Weight): 162.193 pounds (this is much better than the 165.2 the scale at home has been giving me for over a week now!)
% Fat: 36.3%
% Fat Mass: 58.886 pounds
% Fat Free Mass (Lean muscle tissues and such): 103.306 pounds
This means I’m 58 pounds of fat. 58! Yuck! Double Yuck! Holy moly yuckola! Well, that is icky and is bound to produce some goals, now isn’t it?
Oh, and my 36.3% puts me in the “Excess Fat” category. Nice. 31-40% for women is “Excess Fat” which “indicates an excess accumulation of fat over time.” Yeah, about nine months time. Heh.
OK, goal time. Back when I was a freshmen in college and at one of my lowest weights I had a caliper body mass test done (highly inaccurate, BTW – up to 8 percentage points off!) and was told my body fat percentage was 18%. I weighed 125 pounds at the time which calculates out to 102.5 pounds of lean body tissue. That’s very comparable with my lean body tissue I have now so that test was probably about right. Of course now I have bigger boobs, wider hips (thank you child birth!) and all around more padding pretty much everywhere. Last summer I had set my goal weight at 145 pounds and when I got down to 147 pounds I could definitely tell that 145 was not going to be low enough. I still had more than enough extra stomach fat and while happier (much happier) with my appearance, I wanted to go lower. And now with this information I want to shoot for a body fat percentage of 25%. Why 25? The scale for women is 23-30% is the “Moderately Lean” category which says “Fat level is generally acceptable for good health.” It would be totally awesome to get down to 20% and be in the “Lean” category with this description “Lower body fat levels than many people. This range is generally excellent for health and longevity.” Maybe I should just shoot for something 22 or under. Kris was happy with my goal of 25 so maybe I’ll stick with that as my “must meet this” goal and add 22 or lower as my stretch goal. I think this means I should shoot for a weight goal of 135-140 pounds which puts me in the 101-109 pound range for lean body tissue (140 = 105 for 25% and 109 for 22% and 135 = 101 for 25% and 105 for 22%). I’m not an expert so I don’t know if those are good numbers or not. But I think 135-140 pounds for my stature is an OK range to shoot for. And I think I’ll go back and ask to be re-tested when I hit 150 pounds and again when I get lower than that.
Kris was also tested and said it was OK if I shared his numbers too. His body fat percentage was 17.1% He weighed in at 166.494 pounds which gives him 28.523 pounds of fat and 137.972 pounds of lean body tissue. This puts him in the “Moderately Lean” category for men which is between 13-20%. To go down to the “Lean” category he’d have to drop down to a range of 9-12% body fat. I think he’d like to ideally be in the 12-14% range so I’m sure he’ll keep running and biking and maybe occasionally lifting weights to help him get down there.
The professor who measured Kris and I today was completely open to measuring other people (I told him I had friends interested in it). It was completely free and took less than 15 minutes for both Kris and I to be measured. It was very simple. I wore a swimsuit and sat in the machine. It took 30 seconds to measure me and he did that twice to make sure the numbers matched and the readings were reliable. The computer then computed and spit out my readings and he printed them and gave me a copy. The test itself was a simple as could be – sit still in the egg shaped chamber, breathe normally, don’t move around and that was it. If you want more details on how the test is preformed, what it’s like or the contact info for the professor, leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail. I don’t want to publish his info here on the big, ol’ internet but I’m happy to share it with anybody.
ETA: I should probably note that this is just the test. There is no fitness evaluation included in this measurement. If you want any sort of “qualified individual” like a personal trainer to interpret the results you’d have to do that on your own time and dime.