Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hydrostatic body composition & RMR testing

Today I endured two things that most great athlets endure. I did a hydrostatic body composition test and RMR testing! Woot! Okay, they are also known as water body fat testing and resting metabolic rate testing...

I first heard of hydrostatic body composition testing freshman year of high school. Mr. Nigos, the PE teacher and wrestling coach, told us that this was the most accurate measurement of body fat. Our 2-site skin fold test would only be an estimate of our body fat percentage. Hmm, not sure if this was to reassure pubescently insecure students feel better about their 2-digit numbers. I was one of those students. I chalked up my body fat percentage to inaccuracy.

Seven years later, I am suspended by a tarp like instrument in a bath-tub sized hot tub. I am instructed to rest my head on my thumbs in front of me and to exhale all the air in my lungs. Ok, I've never been able to do this leisurely in a pool but somehow managed to do so thrice in a trailer in the X-body parking lot. Performing when it counts! Results: I am 30% body fat at 155 lbs. My lean body mass is 109 lbs. My goal at the end of this 12 weeks is to be 125 lbs. The leanest I can get at 10 -12 % body fat. I haven't been 125 since freshman year of high school.

I should've listened to Brandon about the RMR testing. Definite waste of time. It gives you a read out of how many calories you burn while sitting. Then uses info you input about your average amount of activity a week to tell you how many calroies you should intake. Eh... yeah, waste of money.


rosen said...

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