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    Body fat levels for elite male sprinters?

    What approximately is the body fat range for world class male sprinters (lowest and highest)? I remember Clemson stating once that none of the top sprinters in the world are 10 per cent...

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    Body fat percentages will vary between genders, but for men, you will see a range from 5-10%. It also varies on how the percentage was measured. Intramuscular fat stores cannot be meausured unless you use a Dunk Tank or better yet DEXA.

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    In addition to diet, training and genetics, remember that stress also affects body fat levels via cortisol secretion. Increases in bodyfat or a resistance to reduction might be an indication of too much stress (i.e. not enough recovery).

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    Is it an optical illusion or do black male sprinters seem more cut up than the white guys??

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    Goose 1: I highly doubt the body fat levels you are stating! As far as I know, some bodybuilding dude (I don't remember his name) had the lowest BF level ever (measured by hydrostatic weighing) of 2.4%.

    Watch out not to lose too much fat, since it is an excellent hormonal modulator. Leaner doesn't necessarily mean faster. In fact, I gained a bit of fat lately, and my performance increased compared to the time I was quite lean (6-7%). I believe, for every athlete there is a certain BF level that shouldn't be passed.

    Any opinions on this?

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    I believe its due to the colour of their skin

    Thats why bodybuilders tan before contests, it brings out "the cuts" more.

    Then again they could just be pasty white dough boys
    D.

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    Carl Lewis got his bodyfat down to 3% after changing his diet in 1989. Before that, it was apparantly 6%. Ian Mackie, a white sprinter from Britain has 4.5% bodyfat.

    Me, I'm one of those guys that has to moniter bodyfat levels. My aim is to get down to 4.5%, and if I have to have a Bruce Lee (1.5% at the time of "Enter the Dragon&quot lifestyle to get down to 4.5% then so be it.:karate:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goose1
    Carl Lewis got his bodyfat down to 3% after changing his diet in 1989. Before that, it was apparantly 6%. Ian Mackie, a white sprinter from Britain has 4.5% bodyfat.

    Me, I'm one of those guys that has to moniter bodyfat levels. My aim is to get down to 4.5%, and if I have to have a Bruce Lee (1.5% at the time of "Enter the Dragon&quot lifestyle to get down to 4.5% then so be it.:karate:
    Maaaaaaaaan i cant believe tht Carl's body fat was 3%..look 4 is the broadline between proper body fat and starvation and sure one like Carl wont run and jump with the records he made and he was starving...the word fat must nt be associated with the idea of being fat...u must know tht fat (lipids)are the main component of hormones and sure u know dude tht hormones is wht builds everything in us.the optimum body fat fr sprinters ranges between 5 to 10.Review ur sources man,u ll get the whole site starving

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Duck 2
    Maaaaaaaaan i cant believe tht Carl's body fat was 3%..look 4 is the broadline between proper body fat and starvation and sure one like Carl wont run and jump with the records he made and he was starving...the word fat must nt be associated with the idea of being fat...u must know tht fat (lipids)are the main component of hormones and sure u know dude tht hormones is wht builds everything in us.the optimum body fat fr sprinters ranges between 5 to 10.Review ur sources man,u ll get the whole site starving
    At least one thing to keep in mind regarding bodyfat estimation is that there are an absolute ton of estimations going into the equations, assumptions about bone density, tissue density, etc. It's not unheard of to get negative bodyfat percentages with hydrostatic weighing because of this. Blacks have denser bones on average than whites (who have denser bones, on average then asians) and training affects bone density as well. This will tend to give unrealistically low bodyfat estimates. So take all the 2.5-3% claims with a huge grain of salt, it's most likely an issue of equation/estimation problems.

    Lyle

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