Preface: I am just getting back in the gym after nearly 6 months off. My last semester of school completely kicked my ass and I cut the gym from my routine.
Losing that strength pisses me off. This thread is part inquisition and part motivator/progress marker.
I have a shit ton of motivation right now though and am very excited to have free time again... and I am back in the gym with a vengeance.
Today I bought a scale that also measures body fat. (BTW, how accurate are these? For measuring BF there are two settings. "Normal" and "athletic." For me, the difference between the two is over 8%.)
I am 5'10", 210 lbs. Broad shouldered, large chest, 34" waist (pant size). I was fitted for a tux last week and the tailor commented that my shoulder measurement was at least 5" bigger than other people with the same waist measurements and he pretty much guaranteed my tux jacket would not fit right.
This scale, on the athletic setting, says I have 19% BF and 54.2% Body Water.
At 5'10", 210 lbs, with that BF, I am anything from "above average" to "over-fat" and "obese" by just about every "standard" I can find.
But then I go and look at some numbers for the US Army... their recruit weight for a 70" person between 21-27 is 192 lbs, and their weight for the same person after entry is 185 lbs.
Again, by the same "standards" these people would have a BMI between 26.5-27.5. Which is "overweight."
The Army's body fat standard for a 21-27 yr old male is 22%, which is "fair" and "over-fat" on the scales I've seen.
I know I have some pounds to shed and some muscle/strength to get back... but shit. Am I "over fat"? Does the Army recruit and maintain fatties also? Are these "standards" worth giving two shits about?
For my own future reference: