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I do not believe its body fat - I believe it is over all body mass and the distribution of it that affects performance - I would expect a 6'2 225 pound weight lifring type with 8% body fat to be much slower than a 6'2 180 pounder with 10% body fat.<br><br>
I like to keep a nice chunk of body fat in my ass to give me a low center of cravity
 

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Apart from being an important fuel source, (distance running) body fat is dead weight.<br><br>
The two examples Flounder gives 8% and 10% are in the athletic range and I would doubt, depending on ability and given the same amount of training that there would be little difference in performance.
 
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