Well after the Melbourne 21 Convention, I found some time, and managed to grab a scan before leaving town. The results are posted below (click to open a high res version).
If you are unfamiliar with what a DXA scan is, see this post by Keith on BreakingMuscle.com.
The short version : like Keith, and to the delight of my girlfriend, I got a little extra “junk in the trunk”. Speaking of my trunk, according to our results, my trunk is actually leaner than Keith’s.
Keith is otherwise dramatically leaner across the board.
10.6% vs 15.48%.
You probably didn’t need a DXA scan to tell you that though.
Now before you say “15,48% isn’t very lean”, you should have a DXA scan done. Most people think of body fat in terms of skin caliper measurements, which are grossly inaccurate.
For example, I consistently measured at 10% via skin measurements, which now according to the scan, is inaccurate to the point of being useless.
Other points of interest :
1) My bone density is rocking. Even for a healthy young male, I am well above average. This is great to know because according to Skyler Tanner, with intense strength training, bone density can increase well into our 30s. Translation : I’ve got another decade to tap out an already great BD.
2) My head is really thick, even in the context of my overall bone density. According to the doctor who administered the scan, this is apparent just by looking at the scan, let alone the numbers. My fingers are crossed that I have some Neanderthal in my ancestry. As it happens, my entire maternal family is from a small, isolated island in modern day Croatia.
3) My “fat free mass” is above the “excellent” mark. This is neat, however, I question the accuracy. As I understand it fat free mass in a DXA scan can be muddled by water weight. As it happens I felt bloated and bogged down the particular morning this test was done. I’ll be curious to see this measurement again when I have the scan re-done.
4) Fat mass between my right and left leg is almost identical, however, the difference in lean mass is enormous – 740 grams, or 1.63 lbs. This is no doubt, mostly, or perhaps even entirely due to my knee surgery. In a perfect world I would have had a scan done just before surgery, just before beginning rehabilitation, and 6 months into rehabilitation, to track the progress in recovery of the quadriceps.
Can I get leaner? Yes.
Should I? I’m not so sure I care, at least for the moment. Looking in the mirror and appearing leaner would be neat, but I don’t know what the purpose would be. I am skeptical that I will actually be a healthier person as a result of this as well.
Plus, contrary to 99% of the population, I should automatically get leaner as the years roll by. Automatically because I am confident I can put on at least 1lb of muscle a year. By the looks of my left leg … I can do more than that in the next few months, never mind the rest of my body.
For the first time in 6 months, I also do not have to travel for an extended period of time in the near future. The 21 Convention world-wide events have been a constant future-stressor for me this year, and have placed huge gaps in my training.
Coupled with sitting on a couch for a month, 18 hours a day, post surgery, I’ve got some catching up to do over the next few weeks in my home gym.