At what body fat percentage can you see your abs (for males)? Watch

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I have searched online but I'm getting mixed answers. Some places say you can see them at 14-15%, other places say 10-12%, other places say 6-9%.

I got a pair of body fat calipers off Amazon (they were well reviewed and a top seller), measured my body fat as the manual instructed, and it came to 13-14% body fat. However, I can't see my abs, although my stomach is more or less flat. I'm not massively bothered about seeing my abs, but I'm just wondering at what body fat percentage you can see them?
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(Original post by snowman77)
I have searched online but I'm getting mixed answers. Some places say you can see them at 14-15%, other places say 10-12%, other places say 6-9%.

I got a pair of body fat calipers off Amazon (they were well reviewed and a top seller), measured my body fat as the manual instructed, and it came to 13-14% body fat. However, I can't see my abs, although my stomach is more or less flat. I'm not massively bothered about seeing my abs, but I'm just wondering at what body fat percentage you can see them?
1. You can't use calipers on yourself properly, and they take a bit of practice to use accurately. Also, unless you spent about £200 on them, they're probably cheap Chinese crap and best binned.

2. 10-12% would be a good ballpark. 15% is usually too fat and 6% is approaching essential fat levels (i.e. unachievable for most).
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Can you see them if you tense?

When I lost 6kg you could see them faintly in normal state, but properly when tensed. Don't be fooled by ig photos and the like, they all tense in them.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter at what body fat % - just keep losing fat til yours show.
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sub 15, depends a bit on genetics
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I think it’s 12-14%? Probably 13%
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(Original post by Reality Check)
1. You can't use calipers on yourself properly, and they take a bit of practice to use accurately. Also, unless you spent about £200 on them, they're probably cheap Chinese crap and best binned.

2. 10-12% would be a good ballpark. 15% is usually too fat and 6% is approaching essential fat levels (i.e. unachievable for most).
Who can use them properly then?

(Original post by yudothis)
Can you see them if you tense?

When I lost 6kg you could see them faintly in normal state, but properly when tensed. Don't be fooled by ig photos and the like, they all tense in them.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter at what body fat % - just keep losing fat til yours show.
I can just about see a bit of abs if I tense. If I tense, my stomach is very hard and flat, and I can pretty much pinch no fat off it.
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Who can use them properly then?
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Best if someone else uses them on you, rather than you trying to do it. To get the best estimate, you need to take measurements from specific sites and unless you're a contortionist, I don't know how you do a subscapularis skinfold measurement on yourself.
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(Original post by snowman77)
I got a pair of body fat calipers off Amazon (they were well reviewed and a top seller)
As previously mentioned you can not do it on yourself. If you've only just moved into uni then get a flatmate to do it, knock on their door with the caliper - perfect opportunity to bond
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(Original post by Reality Check)
Best if someone else uses them on you, rather than you trying to do it. To get the best estimate, you need to take measurements from specific sites and unless you're a contortionist, I don't know how you do a subscapularis skinfold measurement on yourself.
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I got someone else to do it on me and we got nearly identical measurements. What was that about not being able to do it by myself?
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I got someone else to do it on me and we got nearly identical measurements. What was that about not being able to do it by myself?
Well, you've certainly proved me wrong - bravo.

I'm more curious about who you got to do it? Was it a friend? Flatmate? Would you be kind enough to share the conversation you had when you initiated the request?
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I got someone else to do it on me and we got nearly identical measurements. What was that about not being able to do it by myself?
You must be so pleased

So you managed to do a subscapularis on yourself? I suggest you make an appointment with your GP pronto!
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It depends on your genetics. I could see my top two abs at 18%, but some of my friends didn't until they went to single digits. Generally around 12% tho
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I would say in the 8-13% region, it also depends on how well trained/developed your abs are. The more trained, the higher bf they’re visable. I know someone who used to have amazing abs but went downhill and gained a lot of weight but his abs were still visible even with extra fat around his belly
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It's a bit of a pointless question. You'll see them when you can see them.

It depends on your training history, your genetics etc. The lower your bodyfat, the more well defined they'll appear.

Fixating on a bodyfat percentage, which, unless you have access to a hydrostatic underwater weighing facility or something similar, you won't even know your bf% to any meaningful degree.
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(Original post by snowman77)
I got someone else to do it on me and we got nearly identical measurements. What was that about not being able to do it by myself?
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Well, you've certainly proved me wrong - bravo.

I'm more curious about who you got to do it? Was it a friend? Flatmate? Would you be kind enough to share the conversation you had when you initiated the request?
It was my brother. I just asked him "hey bro (I didn't actually call him bro, I used his real name), I got these calipers that supposedly measure your body fat. Is it alright if you take a measurement for me, just in case the measurement I did on myself wasn't accurate?". And he did it. Not sure why you think it's so embarrassing to ask someone else?

(Original post by Reality Check)
You must be so pleased

So you managed to do a subscapularis on yourself? I suggest you make an appointment with your GP pronto!
No, the manual says to take a measurement about 1 inch above your right hip bone. Why do I need an appointment with my GP?

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How is that cringe?
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