Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gonna go to Pan Ams.

I haven't bought my ticket yet, but yes, I'm going. Just a little frustrated with the Southwest Airlines website tonight, trying to access my Rapid Rewards account, so I'm tired and done with the stupid thing. I know when I am better rested, the mysteries of changing that password and seeing if I have a free ticket will be less mysterious.

Not quite sure if I want to look at the IBJJF website and see the list of how many and who will be competing in my weight class. It won't make a difference to me-- if the number is tiny, I know people will be signing up last minute, and if it's a big number, that's just more time to stress and heck, I'm definitely going, so why freak out early?

Rita came up from Corpus this weekend and stayed with me; she did yesterday's noon class and will be rolling with me tomorrow morning as well. She's a tough, but tiny, blue belt from Gracie Barra and I'm happy she's not in my weight class!

She has a little, possible fracture or dislocation going on, so it's not entirely clear whether she'll actually train tomorrow. Sucks... less than 4 weeks to go and healing in time is a question....

Speaking of weight classes, I went to the gym and got the Bod Pod thing done-- it's a body fat % analysis that is almost as accurate as the whole water displacement thing, but it uses air instead and takes less time. Short version, I'm 22% body fat (not 26%, clinically obese like the generic websites say) and right at the top of the "lean" category... which is 22-18%. If I get down to 18% I'll still weigh 132, a perfectly comfortable number for the leve class. I used to weigh 120, but at my current level of muscle mass, to weigh 120 I'd have to have under 10% body fat. This was actually reassuring because it gave me permission to stop pushing for that number :)

Good training lately. Going back for more tomorrow.

8 comments:

jo said...

Which gym has the bod pod? Castle Hill?

Dev said...

1) YAY for Pan Ams. I'm still working on my angle. I'll let you know. Now I REALLY need to get off my ass, though. How else are we supposed to bump patches?

2) Bod Pod is not as accurate as water displacement. That's okay - just don't get worried about it.

The Part Time Grappler said...

Best of luck at the PanAms :)

Ben Anderson said...

Georgette...where did you go for the Bod Pod? There aren't any down here in San Antonio and I have been wanting to try it out. What did they charge? Do you feel they did a good job? Thanks...Ben

Georgette said...

My gym, Castle Hill Fitness on Lamar Blvd., has one. It was $50 but they'll apply that to a package price (3 tests for $120) if/when you come back for another. It was fast, easy, painless... hard to say if it was a good job, though I will say I think it must be more accurate than the kind where you measure your wrist, neck and waist circumference...

Georgette said...

But as far as accuracy of the Bod Pod goes-- when used with female athletes-- one study noted:

"In the course of this study, the researchers unearthed some interesting differences in body composition between the [80 female college] athletes. The track athletes were by far the leanest, with an average body fat percentage of 15.7 (measured by hydrostatic weighing). The slimmest 75% of the track athletes averaged an even trimmer 13.6% body fat. By contrast, the women in every other sport checked in with average body fat percentages of 21 or more; the heftiest being the volleyball players and rowers, with average body-fat levels above 22%.

As it turned out, there was no significant difference between the hydrostatic-weight and skin-fold estimations of body fat, but percent body fat measured by the Bod Pod was significantly higher than by either of the others; (remember that hydrostatic weighing is considered the ‘gold standard’). This overestimation by the Bod Pod was a factor even when the athletes were divided into lean and normal subsets; the Bod Pod tacked on about 2% of extra body fat in the general population (from the 19% determined by hydrostatic weighing to 21%) and 3% in the leaner athletes (from 14 to 17%). The researchers concluded that the Bod Pod (and [air displacement] in general) may not be valid tools for measuring percent body fat in female athletes, especially the leaner ones."

From http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/how-good-bod-pod-49

Ben Anderson said...

Thanks Georgette

A.D. McClish said...

Man, I am really curious to see what my body fat percentage would be.I think you're right not to stress over 120. I've always had a muscular frame and so I'm always heavier than other girls who look comparable to me in size.