Originally Posted by Lancerballer21
Hey Swaggin, what percent body fat is good for an athlete. I have never gotten an official body fat percentage but last year some guy at my moms work had an informal thing (not 100% accurate but it was supposedly pretty close) and it said i was 4.4% body fat. Now i have gained a good amount of weight (like 20 to 30 lbs) and some height (bout 2 to 3 inches) since then so i bet it has changed a little, but not much.
4 % is pretty low. The male body needs at least 3% or so. SO you at the time were teetering close to that. A male athelte IMO should be around 7-14%, maybe 12% but with the american diet nowadays and the nutritional level of our food falling off the charts, I'll be good with 14% depending on persons overall composition and sport/position.
Having a little extra is not always a bad thing, as the game gets into the latter stages or overtime, the body can tap into that fuel source for energy that may not otherwise be avaliable in super lean people (not saying those lean people couldn't last though)