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    Default How low can BF go???

    I am planing to start cuting for wrestling season in early septmeber. I'll turn 16 at that time. I was wondering how low is it possible to birng bodyfat before it becomes dangerous or unhealthy? or i begin to lose too much muscle???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneivan92 View Post
    I am planing to start cuting for wrestling season in early septmeber. I'll turn 16 at that time. I was wondering how low is it possible to birng bodyfat before it becomes dangerous or unhealthy? or i begin to lose too much muscle???
    9%.....
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    really?? only as low as 9% what if i go lower then that such as 7 or 7.5?? is it too low for my age??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneivan92 View Post
    really?? only as low as 9% what if i go lower then that such as 7 or 7.5?? is it too low for my age??
    Out of interest...what do you think is the reason for a healthy fat percentage...???
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    so that my body can have energy?? and it keeps me warm Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneivan92 View Post
    so that my body can have energy?? and it keeps me warm Lol
    energy, hormones, vitamin absorption, insulation, protect internal organs, maintain FFA and triglyceride levels....etc
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    with wrestling, you don't want to go lower than about 10%, even though a match only lasts, typically 6 minutes without OT, your body expends huge amounts of energy. Go any lower than 10% and you risk hurting yourself. You need the energy stored in your fat to get you through the third period and that's where matches are won and lost, not in the pin.
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    I think that healthy body fat percentages are different for everybody. Here in NY you can only get certified for a weight in which youll have 7 percent body fat. A kid on my team just naturally had a body fat of 6 percent and never ran out of energy. Like Doug said i dont know how this effects the kids body or not but he never had trouble wrestling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vp160 View Post
    I think that healthy body fat percentages are different for everybody. Here in NY you can only get certified for a weight in which youll have 7 percent body fat. A kid on my team just naturally had a body fat of 6 percent and never ran out of energy. Like Doug said i dont know how this effects the kids body or not but he never had trouble wrestling.
    No its not....Thats why they give a healthy bodyfat range, you dont think that there would be a classification of a healthy bodyfat range if it didnt matter what bodyfat a person was,

    Thomas et al (1989) reported male Canadian players to range from 6.7% to 15.8%, with a mean of 9.3%. These findings were similar to those by Callister et al (1991), who demonstrated mean body fat values for American male players to be 8.3%, with a standard deviation of 1.0.
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    I'v known people who were as low as 4 or 5% and still healthy athletes who had no problems at all with energy or strength. The one guy was a wrestler, football player and track sprinter who later joined the army and finished bootcamp at the very top of his class physically. It depends on the person and how their genes instruct their body to operate I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    No its not....Thats why they give a healthy bodyfat range, you dont think that there would be a classification of a healthy bodyfat range if it didnt matter what bodyfat a person was,

    Thomas et al (1989) reported male Canadian players to range from 6.7% to 15.8%, with a mean of 9.3%. These findings were similar to those by Callister et al (1991), who demonstrated mean body fat values for American male players to be 8.3%, with a standard deviation of 1.0.
    Im just saying what ive seen. ive seen wrestlers compete at very low percentages and stay at those percentages even during the off season. i suppose you could say they are unhealthy but they sure dont seem like it to me, act fine plenty of energy and dont get sick. just what ive seen.

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    That might be true, but those are older profesional atheletes. I am a high school wrestler and i think my age might affect how my body reacts to low fat percentage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneivan92 View Post
    That might be true, but those are older profesional atheletes.
    What do you mean by your post...????
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    I mean i think there is a difference between a person thats 16 with 8% BF and person thats 35 with that same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneivan92 View Post
    I mean i think there is a difference between a person thats 16 with 8% BF and person thats 35 with that same thing.
    There is no difference between 6% in a teenager and someone who is older than 35, the only difference is that the 35+ year old would have to work harder to achieve a 6%.
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