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  • Body Fat T esting at SBG!


    Over an eight week period in June and July, a couple dozen members of Straight Blast Gym Buford decided to participate in a contest where we would use a hydrostatic testing pool to measure our current body composition, with a goal to see who could have the greatest improvement over an eight week period. Before we go into the results, let’s fill you in on what is involved in hydrostatic testing…


    Hydrostatic testing allows a person to see their body composition in terms of the % of their body that is comprised of fat tissue compared to muscle. It is widely believed to be the most accurate tool to measure a person’s body composition and it is the measuring tool used by major universities and professional sports teams for their athletes.

    Every summer we bring in a hydrostatic truck to Straight Blast Gym Buford so that our students and athletes can get a gauge of where they are physically. We then bring the truck back 8 weeks later so that the participants can see their improvements over a two month period of training and making some dietary adjustments. This year several of our members even made some in-house wagers to make things a little more interesting.


    Between June 1st and July 27th, members and staff made it a goal to improve their test results and boy did they! 19 people participated in the before and after weigh in and it became immediately apparent that the everyone’s hard work had paid off.

    Between the 19 participants, the average body fat loss was 3.1% while the average muscle gain was 1.9%! All this in 8 weeks!

    It was a true pleasure to see all of these people’s hard work and determination pay off.


    Great job everyone!

    Jim Sheppard

    is one of the co-owners of Straight Blast Gym Buford and Straight Blast Gym Atlanta. He has been training / coaching / competing in Muay Thai since 2013 and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.