|Literally, I got dunked.|
Another intimidating component was not knowing what a good body fat percentage was. Growing up, you hear a lot about weighing yourself, but rarely is body fat percentage mentioned. Therefore, I had no clue what I was supposed to stack up to... but this little whiteboard helped provide some clarity in terms of the desired ranges.
|Recommended body fat percents based on age and gender|
I was incredibly pleased with my results. I ended up being 17.46% body fat which means that I am within the "Athlete" category of body fat percentage. The cooler part about getting this test done, is that I also was given a bunch of great stats about how I burn calories and how my body processes things. For example, if I wanted to lose 0.65 pounds/week, I would have to be on a 1200 calorie diet and to maintain my weight, I have to consume 1519 calories per day. I was also given an extensive report on how different exercises actually impact my calorie burning, which is much more helpful than the guestimate given by a treadmill or the Nike+ gear on my ipod.
I've been fascinated by how personalized I can make my workouts to truly benefit what I am looking to achieve. As some of you know, my half-marathon was cancelled, and with work and life getting in the way it has been tough getting back into the swing of exercising. However, I recently read this amazing article that inspired me to try a different approach to exercise which talked about how girls are always so focused on being skinny when STRONG is the new skinny.
It got me thinking about how I would love to be stronger than I am today, so over the next couple of weeks I'm going to explore strength training through various pathways. Get excited, it's going to be a gym-tastic time on The Nom dot Com. :)