BodyBlitz wrote:bodyfat is a big indicator of nutrient partitioning.
if you harbor too much bodyfat, then it most probably mean you're insulin insensitive.
When you're in this state, you'll be putting in more fat with your calories than to your muscles.
It is always advisable to reduce your bodyfat first then move on to bulking up muscles.
At 178 cm and the weight he is, I should think he is quite normal, so not much harm done, providing he works very hard to get the burn, he must learn to focus on the area he his training each time, to use the muscle directly.
His BMI is only 23.4 which indicates he is slightly on the low side, although he could have 25% fat, a rule of thumb is the pinch test, thumb and finger, if it's very easy to take the fat around the waist, you are looking at a couple of kg, so guessing at 20% fat. if he can just take the fat, its probably around 1kg and 15%, although this is not accurate by far. and none of the so called FAT testing machines, are reliable. they are the biggest con on the market today in my opinion74kg at 178cm indicates to me that he burns fat quite easy, especially if he is over 20 years old, which i presume he is.
Even over 40 years old, 74kg with his height is excellent, i would rather he concentrated on toning muscle, rather than building muscle, because of the consequences of age, the older you get, the more lose the skin gets and the body starts to sag a little in the 50's, with heavy muscle, especially in the pecs....lean and fast is much preferred by myself these days and its not as easy to drop the muscle, because the body has adapted to heavy exercise over 30 years, which means much calcium has been absorbed to strengthen bones.
Hence I have too much calcium build up in the frontal lobe of the skull, and also in the coronary arteries...nothing at all to do with too much intake, it's more to do with the body adapting to very heavy weight training, and pushing limits for size...I'm only 170cm and have been 98kg, with 18% fat, far too heavy, that it cuts my running time down by 10 minutes on a 8km run.
So many pro's and cons, depend on what you really want to achieve, my advice would be to seriously think of the consequences, of those that have been their, done that.
I'm sure i bumped into pakjohn in vivo city at the weekend, he towers above me, hist 180's cm or more, he's built like a brick house, but young still, maybe around 105kg, by the time he's mid 50's he would need to think of the degeneration of tissue and the elasticity also. I believe not many of us think of what happens in age, it's the here and now, that matters in most cases.
Lean, slim and quick is much more acceptable in society and especially if you are into fashion clothes. The big hulk image is not appealing once you have been there, and realised you have problems with shirts and arm length, I was once 17 inch neck, and down to 16 now, but my pecs I have to keep toned up to stop me looking like droopy tits, biceps are more easy to keep in shape. around 50's the body structure is well in the cycle of change although one can still look good ha!