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(@rufkus)
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How low do BBs get their body fat for competitions? Below what percentage BF does it get unhealthy? Just curious because I'm cutting. Thanks.


   
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(@kingbing)
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i was friends with gaspari and his vascular ass used to get down to 2 - 3%... in the off season, even now he doesnt go above 6%


   
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I don't think Gaspari would debate the fact that he is a genetic freak for bodybuildng. For most men, 15-20 is normal, 10-15 is low, and below 7% you're going to have to pay special attention to your body to keep yourself healthy. I suggest that you not go below 7% without having consultation with a sports physician. You also have to take into account that most body-fat-percentage-tests are completely inaccurate anyway. I don't debate Gaspari's stats, though. I believe that he could easily be 2-3% at show. Remember why your in this sport in the first place, if you want to compete you will have to compromise your health, which *will* suffer. If you want to look good, then you don't need to compromise your health.


   
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Well said Ape 🙂


   
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Durabolin
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yep well said ape.


   
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pacesetter
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2 to 3% ????? It seems to be getting lower and lower all the time. What next? Negative 5% ??


   
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KingOfPain
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Big Bump for the monkey! Well put Ape! 🙂 All I can add is... the older you get, the harder and harder it is to get anywhere near single digits. But like the man said.. 10-15% is just fine!


   
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Originally posted by pacesetter 2 to 3% ????? It seems to be getting lower and lower all the time. What next? Negative 5% ?? I'm with you Pace, it really does seem to be getting lower all the time, but get this.... Flex claims that he had his body fat at 0.0% in his new book "Flex Ability", now thats damn crazy and I believe its not far from the truth too.


   
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Xanthine
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0% is dead!


   
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Satan
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Originally posted by Xanthine 0% is dead! exactly


   
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littlewilly
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Woops. posted the same thing twice.


   
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littlewilly
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Originally posted by BigAussieZee I'm with you Pace, it really does seem to be getting lower all the time, but get this.... Flex claims that he had his body fat at 0.0% in his new book "Flex Ability", now thats damn crazy and I believe its not far from the truth too. LOL I love the claims pros make. Not knocking flex or anything but that is funny! I'd say a normal for a guy would be 10-12%. Anymore then that and you're getting sloopy. In t he winter I get higher somewhat but I look like shit when I'm that fat. 20% and over and you are a fat fucking cow! LOL To really look good 6-7% is about normal. Anymore lard then that and most peoples abs are just a whisper.


   
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biggreene
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Originally posted by ape I don't think Gaspari would debate the fact that he is a genetic freak for bodybuildng. For most men, 15-20 is normal, 10-15 is low, and below 7% you're going to have to pay special attention to your body to keep yourself healthy. I suggest that you not go below 7% without having consultation with a sports physician. You also have to take into account that most body-fat-percentage-tests are completely inaccurate anyway. I don't debate Gaspari's stats, though. I believe that he could easily be 2-3% at show. Remember why your in this sport in the first place, if you want to compete you will have to compromise your health, which *will* suffer. If you want to look good, then you don't need to compromise your health. Many who know a lot about bodybuilding, including Gaspari himself, would say that he definitely was NOT a genetic freak for bodybuilding. His genetics were not even close to those of his peers, such as Haney and Labrada. His genetics are for good for low bodyfat, which can exist independent of bodybuilding. One thing that is important to remember is that there was no diuretic testing back when he competed. They instituted that after Momo died I believe, either him or munzer. Not saying that bbers today dont use them, but the abuse of whichever kind they want has been prevented by the testing. That is why most bodybuilders today cannot duplicate the hard vascular look of the mid 80s.


   
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StudHammer
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Remember when Coleman was on Jay Leno? He claimed his BF% was around .30 or something ridiculous like that.


   
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(@mr_iowa)
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0.0% bf is impossible.... your organs have fat to protect them. Flexy is a loser for even claiming that. Most pros get around 4% for a show.. down to maybe 3%. Anything lower than that is nearly impossible... getting rid of the water under the skin makes you look a little leaner , but 3% is fucking shredded. I was tested in a dunk tank at 3.2% for this show..... (see attached) my legs weren't quite as lean, but I pushed the limit to get there. As far as being unhealthy, I can assure you that you can't go long term in that condition. I was in ketosis and ballooned over the next 3 days... but cutting for a show is temporary so the long term risk is minimal. I think the abuse of cutting drugs and diuretics are the main risk for the pros....


   
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