Fat to Fit: Why numbers are a hit?
With a thunderous crowd chanting my name, I winked at my coach, landed a final swift kick across my puny opponent's chest, and watched him collapse like a house of cards.
I, the new Michigan MMA champion, with my arms in the air, was about to climb the podium, when my dog licked my face........what a bummer!!
Lately, I had been dreaming about getting back to what I love the most - Mixed Martial Arts (MMA!), but my coach said I was still not fit enough. He was right too. With only 4 months to go for the tournament, I was still at 14% body fat.
To calculate body fat percentage, he divided my total mass of fat by my body mass and then multiplied it by 100. In fact, that is how you calculate any percentage since it is essentially 'per cent' i.e. 'per 100'.
My coach laid out a detailed plan. Everything I ate or did was calculated to the T. I am sure that he is as much a mathematician as a trainer.
The mind needs as much exercise as the body to stay sharp
I listen to this Fort Minor track all the time, and my coach tweaked it to give me a new workout anthem:
"You need ten per cent carbs
Twenty per cent good fats
Fifteen percent extra power in kicks
Five percent of body fat
Fifty percent protein
And a hundred percent dedication to getting back in the game"
That's dope, right?
Another cool thing we did was to track the percentage change in various factors that affect performance by using this formula: (Change/original value)*100
After 4 months of painful but rewarding training, we made a final note of my progress. I was running 12% faster, recovering 18% quicker and kicking with 14% more force!
This fitness journey made me realise the importance of tracking percentages in various facets of life. I became more informed about the stock market, started checking added sugar content in packed drinks before consuming, and began making a call on carrying the umbrella by checking the humidity percentage before stepping out. Michigan's weather is unpredictable!
My favourite clothing brand slashed their prices by 25% for Christmas, and I reached 6 per cent body fat at the end of 4 months. Who do you think did better?