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Table 1 Characteristics of competitive bodybuilders recruited from the British Natural Bodybuilding Federation’s British championship

From: Nutritional strategies of high level natural bodybuilders during competition preparation

  Male competitors Female competitors Male Female
Placed SD DNP SD P result Placed SD DNP SD P result Mean SD Mean SD
Age 36.1 17.4 31.8 10.1 0.40 33.7 9.1 34.7 11.5 0.86 32.2 14.0 34.2 10.2
Years training 14.2 14.1 10.9 7.9 0.40 8.1 10.3 4.0 2.7 0.28 11.6 11.1 6.0 7.3
Years competing 3.5 2.6 2.7 2.2 0.34 1.9 0.7 2.3 1.3 0.40 3.1 2.4 2.1 1.1
Competitions this season 2.3 0.8 3.1 1.9 0.18 2.3 1.0 2.9 1.5 0.38 2.6 1.5 2.6 1.2
Diet start weight (kg) 82.5 10.4 89.2 10.4 0.08 64.7 9.5 62.9 4.9 0.63 85.4 10.8 63.8 7.1
Diet end weight (kg) 73.1 8.5 77.9 8.7 0.12 54.5 7.0 54.8 3.9 0.91 75.1 8.8 54.7 5.3
Total weight loss (kg) 9.4 5.6 11.3 5.2 0.32 10.2 4.3 8.1 3.4 0.29 10.3 5.4 9.1 3.9
Weight loss per week (kg) 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.74 0.4 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.81 0.5 0.7 0.5 0.3
% Weight loss 11.1 5.8 12.5 5.2 0.48 15.4 5.2 12.7 4.9 0.30 11.8 5.5 14.0 5.1
End BMI (kg/m2) 24.0 1.8 24.6 1.9 0.40 20.4 1.6 20.6 1.4 0.79 24.3 1.8 20.5 1.4
Diet length (weeks) 23.9 11.3 23.2 8.2 0.17 24.1 8.4 22.4 9.2 0.71 24.9 9.6 23.3 8.6
  1. P result, difference in means between Place and DNP. Male competitors, Placed n - 15, DNP n - 18, Male Mean n - 32, Female Competitors, Placed n - 7, DNP n - 9, Female Mean n - 16. Data analysed using a student t test where P < 0.05 equals statistical significance
  2. Abbreviations: SD standard deviation, Placed finished in the top 5 of the competition, DNP did not place in the top 5 of the competition, BMI body mass index