The cut down to 93 kgs continues...meanwhile, turned 50, feels the same as 49 so far.

I haven't bothered blogging about my training lately because, frankly, it hasn't even been interesting enough to me for me to think about writing anything about it.  I'm still in the process of dropping my bodyweight down enough that I can compete in the 93 kg weight class and while that's happening, I haven't put much of a priority in strength development.  At best, I'm trying to maintain what strength I have in the hopes that when I finally get my body to stabilize somewhere around 200 lbs, that I'll be able to build strength from that point.

At the moment I'm still 215 lbs so I have quite a bit of work to do to make 93 kgs (205 lbs) comfortably by Provincials on November 11, 2016.  I was able to make 93 kgs for the Niagara meet in May but it required a weight cut from 218 lbs a week out and 213 lbs the night before.  The cut sapped my strength approximately 10% so, while I was able to make a total and complete the meet, the quality of my lifts was definitely secondary to just being able to do it.  I think I will be able to make weight in November without a big weight cut but I'm not expecting to be able to hit a Wilks comparable to my results as a 105 kgs lifter (somewhere in the 380-389 range).  I think it'll take another year of training at a bodyweight of 200-207 lbs before I'll really be able to see what I can do as a 93 kg lifter.

A couple of weeks ago I turned 50.  It's just another number but it's a milestone marker so I guess it's important.  I'm now officially and irrevocably a M2 age group lifter but so far, I feel the same as I did at 49.  Aches and pains actually feel considerably better than when I was either 48 or 49.  I attribute that to losing 30 lbs.  Even without doing any cardio, my resting heart rate has dropped from mid 60's to mid 50's.

One of the birthday presents I received was a Skulpt bodyfat measuring device.

https://www.skulpt.me/


It uses a type of electrical impedance process to determine bodyfat percentages.  I thought it would be interesting to see how it tracks changes as my bodyweight continues to drop.  Previously, I had estimated my bodyfat using the US Navy calculator, a method referred to me by Strengtheory.com's Greg Nuckols, that uses two measurements along with gender, height, and weight. The results so far are interesting:

US Navy Calculator:   215 lbs, 5'9", waist at navel:  36"  neck at largest point: 17"

18%

Skulpt quick scan:  215 lbs, 5'9", based on measurement at right tricep, right quad, right side of abs

13.2%

I asked Greg what he thought about the two measurement methods and he commented that the US Navy Calculator may attribute more visceral bodyfat while the surface measurement of the Skulpt may not capture enough visceral bodyfat (visceral bodyfat tends to be more abundant as males proceed through middle age).  Either way, both his and my opinion was that I'm probably somewhere in the middle, for whatever that is worth.  I think this progress pic supports our opinion.

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In any case, I'm interested to see how consistent the measurements are over time and whether or not the Skulpt will prove to be a useful monitoring tool for me.  Also, once I have time to scan all the measurement points, maybe the bodyfat reading will be closer to the US Navy calculation.


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