How to Measure Your Body Fat Percentage


Body Fat Percentage: 1 – 4%body-fat-male-4

This body fat percentage is one that’s most often targeted by professional bodybuilders for competition. This is a very low body fat level and is tough even for pro bodybuilders to sustain, so this isn’t a recommended target range for most guys.

Typically in someone with body fat this low, the muscles are so well defined that the body could be used as a visual in an anatomy class. When someone is below 5% body fat, not only will you see the separation of the muscles, but you will also clearly see the striations and extreme vascularity (prominent veins).

Body Fat Percentage: 5 – 7% ATHLEAN RANGEbody-fat-5-7

The 5-7% body fat range is a little more than a bodybuilder has in competition, and it’s more accessible for a lot of guys. That being said, to maintain this body fat percentage, it’s going to require a strong dedication and to both fitness and diet and a lot of hard work.

Notice that in this range, the muscles are still very well defined and there is still some vascularity, but the striations aren’t as present as they are at 1-4%. The 5-7% body fat range is achieved by many fitness models in preparation for photo shoots.