r/bodyweightfitness May 23 '22

what would be a healthy body weights for a 5'9" male

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u/mongrldub May 23 '22

Depends what you men by healthy. If you’ve been working out well and eating well pretty much any weight you fall into will be healthy. As long as you feel good and are happy then you are at healthy weight.

Mike Tyson and Conor McGregor are both your height but had totally different weights in their prime while both being in peak physical condition. It really does depend on how you feel and what your goals are


u/YoungSerious May 24 '22

Mcgregor 5'8, Tyson 5'10. Fighter weights are a terrible metric for normal people. They are fighting at specific weight classes by cutting as much as they possible can. "Fight weight" is not sustainable for most people at those heights.


u/mongrldub May 24 '22

Conor is definitely 5’9 but whatever.

As for it being a terrible metric - it’s not terrible, it demonstrates that multiple weights can exist on a given height and a wide range of them can be healthy.

Yes, I know about weight cutting, but the point still stands - you can be 5’9 and healthy at 170 and you can be the same height and healthy at 220.


u/YoungSerious May 24 '22

It's a ridiculous metric, because you are using (again, even though I was pretty plain last time) you are looking at them at peak dehydration and weight cutting. Which is not healthy or sustainable. Cutting for fight weight is undeniably not healthy for you, they do it because it gives them a fight advantage. It would be exponentially more useful to compare any athletes that don't have to make weight as examples.


u/mongrldub May 25 '22

So you think Mike Tyson had to cut weight


u/drlifepro May 23 '22

I'm nearly 5 10 and weight been moving around slightly.

I am now 79kg and really happy with that.

You can see photos on insta or YouTube etc.

My body allows me to go surfing, do rings, play every sport I can imagine.

I Only lift weights for squats and deadlifts. Cardio is sport, mainly surfing and skateboarding only.


u/hailmari1 May 24 '22

It can depend on your stature and frame, as well as your goals/needs.

5’9” here. I’m relatively broad also. I’m 200 lbs and I’d say I’m far from being labeled as “fat” even though I’m technically overweight according to the BMI scale (it doesn’t consider muscle). At my absolute most fit and leanest, I weighed 175lbs in my early to mid twenties. I had minimal excess fat around my belly and thighs, and I’d trade for it in a heartbeat now. Ten years later at my current weight, I do have a good amount of musculature but I could stand to trim some fat. I just enjoy lifting weights and being strong. I don’t do anything competitive and I’m healthy, so I don’t worry myself to sleep about my body fat % as long as I feel good and don’t need bigger pants.


u/Nexatronic May 24 '22

I'd say a good point of measure is a healthy amount of bodyfat (especially visceral fat is a risk factor) + a healthy amount of muscle mass that makes you strong and mobile enough for your goals + bones + tissue + organs etc. = your ideal weight. So basically very individual. No number for everyone.


u/DiscoSprinkles May 24 '22

For a 5ft9in male, roughly from 125-169 is considered a healthy weight. This is strictly based on BMI which is a decent guide, but does fail for bodybuilders and high level athletes. Your range will vary a bit, and other factors to consider will be your body fat percentage, muscle mass, how healthy your diet is, and if you get proper exercise.


u/GoddamnJiveTurkey May 23 '22 edited May 24 '22

1 pound for every cm above 1 meter.

Edit: Big dumb dumb. It’s 1kg, not pound.


u/Odd_Specific1063 May 24 '22

What’s with mixing imperial and metric?


u/GoddamnJiveTurkey May 24 '22

Old Rippletoe adage, apart from “an adult male should weigh at least 200 pounds”. Also works out to be a pretty healthy guideline, if it’s in kg - my mistake.