How do natural bodybuilders look when they are 5% bodyfat, ready for a bodybuilding or fitness contest?
It’s going to hurt! Get ready!
They look like insects who can be taken by the wind. That’s a fact that many are not willing to accept because of media brainwash and the false hope floating in the politically correct world around. We are convinced that the movies are real, but they are not.
There are many natural bodybuilders, which deserve the tag “permabulkers” because they are constantly eating and falsely assuming that the weight they add to their frame is muscle tissue. Many fatsos believe they are “just a few pounds” away from reaching the single digit body fat levels and stepping on a bodybuilding stage. They see a hairy and blurred 2 pack of abs under the right lightning and began daydreaming that after losing 10 lbs / 5 kg they will be “ripped to shreds” with visible veins all over their bodies. What actually happens is pretty ironic. They lose those “easy” 10 lbs only to realize they look the same as before – like fatsos. Many naturals who share the permabulking philosophy end up exactly like that and spin their wheels for years.
The truth is that being super lean is not a fun process unless you are naturally a low body fat ectomorph, but even then it is unlikely that you will be 5% body fat unless you have ultra-lean man genetics. Most ecotomorphs have easy time being 10-12% body fat but below is still hell to maintain. I’ve seen people who are about 5-8% body fat the whole year but they are usually really lean to begin with. For the majority of the population it’s a little unrealistic.
When you see a guy that’s 5% bodyfat and yet he looks enormous, you can know for sure that he is taking something. Of course, you have to keep in mind that sometimes the photos are manipulated. There many fragile boys who make themselves look bigger by manipulating the angles. When you see those guys in real life, you may be surprised by the fact that they have less muscle mass than your granddad. In addition, I would say that most naturals who get lean enough to be in a contest look extremely unimpressive in clothes. They disappear. Gone. Ghosts. You have to be really big or fat to look intimidating in clothes.
In many cases, when true naturals try to get down to contest lean condition, their families start hyperventilating. “Is he preparing for a movie role as a prisoner of war” say the worried moms.
I am sorry but this is how things are, especially for people who haven’t reach their muscular potential and have thin bone structure to begin with. There are two main reasons for that – we always underestimate our body fat levels and for good or bad naturals can’t build that much muscle mass to begin with.
Back in the day, I used to go to the forums of StartingStrenght.com where people were constantly making fun of soccer players. They were accusing them of being too fragile and skinny. People there are pushing American football players as a better example of how “real” men look like. Ironically, most of the guys there are simply obese at over 25% bodyfat and will actually look skinnier than some soccer players if they were to lose the extra fat cells. Most permabulkers go into heavy depression when that happens. The melancholy is amplified by the fact that their squat numbers drop too when the gut goes down a weight class.
At the end of the day it is what is. I think for most people it’s still better to be on the lean side than the fat side, although 5% body fat is not really needed. I would even go as far as saying that body fat levels this low are not healthy for most people and will simply drive you insane. The fitness models you see in magazines are able to maintain the 5% body fat looks thanks to drugs and money motivation – they get paid to do it. What do you get? The “Are you an insect?” look.