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I am more fit and not as fat as I thought.

Monday, July 16, 2012


I took part in a study of masters athletes and cognitive ability today. The study hopes to show that athletes maintain their cognitive abilities better than couch potatoes.
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Part of the study includes measuring body fat by calipers (SparkPeople Trivia buffs know this is a very accurate method) and a VO2 Sub-max treadmill test. Sub-max means you go to 85% of your maximum effort.

I'm not sure how I did on the memory tests but they did say that my reflexes were much quicker than expected. My body fat is a bit over 20% which is not great but better than I expected. Puts me in the 75th percentile of my age group. The best part of the testing was being told that I had the best VO2 score they have seen so far. I thought I was in very good shape. Their computer says I am in excellent shape! Not bad considering how hard I work out on weekends, making Monday normally a needed (and deserved) rest day.

When I get on the scale tomorrow morning, I'm gonna remember that muscle weighs more than fat and give myself a break.

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