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Weekly measurements and body fat reading.

Sunday, October 12, 2008 by  
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It’s Sunday, and time for my weekly measurements and body fat reading. I haven’t measured myself or checked my body fat since the beginning of my bulk almost two weeks ago, so I’m anxious to see how I’m progressing so far. From this point forward I’ll be taking my measurements and body fat reading every Sunday…

My scale weight is 199.8 this morning, and that’s a 4.8 pound gain in two weeks. A little on the high side, but part of that weight can be explained by water retention from creatine. Let’s see how the rest of the numbers look…

My body fat reading this morning is 11.8% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). This is identical to my initial reading of 11.8%. We got the exact same reading twice, so that’s what I’m going with. I think I have put on a little fat over the past two weeks, so I’ll chalk this up to my initial reading being a tad high. Anyway, calipers are not an exact science, but a good tool nonetheless.

My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) are showing some solid early gains. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve gained a little over a quarter inch on my arms, a quarter inch on my chest, a quarter inch on my calves, and almost (but not quite) a half inch on my thighs. My hips and waist measurements have increased by a quarter inch; at this rate, I’ll only add 1.5 inches to my waist over the course of the entire bulk. I’m also going to conservatively subtract a quarter inch from that estimate because I’ll be cutting for two of those weeks. In other words, I think my final waist measurement at the end of my bulk will be around 33.75 inches. Comparing that number to my 36.5 inch waist at the end of my late 2006 bulk is reassuring. I started this bulk with higher body fat levels than I should have, so I need to be mindful of my fat gains.

All my stats can always be found on the stats page.

I’m looking forward to a day of rest, and some hard training next week. See you tomorrow!

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