Here I am, all 126.5 pounds of me, soaking wet. Literally! I
just got out of the shower, hair is still wet, and even when I am in the
bathroom getting ready for work I have my water bottle with me (strategically
placed so this doesn't become a lewd picture). Seriously always, always, always have water with you, everywhere you go. Most people are dehydrated. Your brain and joints cannot function when you are dehydrated and you look like garbage too!
When I decided I wanted to work with Layne Norton , I had to
find out exactly where I was starting, and that meant bodyfat testing.
My goal is to increase lean muscle, and you can measure and
use visual clues, but nothing is more scientific than real body composition
Over the last few years I have had mine tested on a regular basis,
with Hydro-static testing. It’s done in a tank of water and is pretty darn
accurate. It’s not very fun though. You can read about my previous sessions
I still keep in touch with friends from my last gym, and “R”
said she was having her body composition tested with a DXA scan (formerly known
as a DEXA scan).
I didn't like the idea
at all, getting an x-ray for shits and giggles? Sounded rather irresponsible,
I mean my body trusts my brain to treat it right, it’s not fair to abuse that
I happened to have an appointment with my physician coming
up so I asked him how safe it was, and he said it was very low dose and once or
twice a year wouldn't hurt, and I could see my bone density too.
It was easy, didn't have to get wet and I just lay there on
I was surprised at the outcome. First, I had calculated my
bodyfat to be in the 11% range and I was wrong. I had been using the numbers
from my previous Hydro-static testing and didn't realize that tells you only two
things: The amount of fat in your body
and then everything else all lumped together.
It doesn't separate muscle from organs!
So once you account for my very heavy brain (yuck, yuck, yuck) and other
internal organs, it turned out I was at 13.7% bodyfat, a normal “off season”
for me, as I have mentioned, I stay lean your round (and I know that’s should
But as I said, it wasn't the bodyfat I was interested in, it
was muscle, I wanted to see how much muscle I had, because after I am done with
my program, and before I start to diet for my next competition, I want to gain
muscle and I want to have this done again to see how much I gained.
I have 106.1 pounds of muscle on my body.
I have 17.7 pounds of fat on my body.
I have 5.5 pounds of bone and organs in my body.
The analysis goes on to show exactly where it is located,
and further divides it by the right and left sides!
Actually I have lost three pounds since this was done, so my bodyfat is a bit lower now, but as I said, with my new diet it may inch up a it, but I am prepared!
What was most interesting to me was the technician stated she had
never seen a man or woman with as little visceral fat as I had. I have a
whopping .15 (yes, that is point 15) pounds of fat around my internal organs. I guess I am pretty darn healthy!
And my bone density? A whole other page is devoted to that
and it’s stellar! Weights are a girl’s best friend!
I have a link to the actual readout here for you to check
My goal now? Get that 106.1 up to a higher number, and not
focus on the bodyfat, enjoy the food and the fun, and then see what I can
create with my nutrition coach Layne and my trainer Roy as I head into my next Women’s Physique competition
in Spring of 2014!