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fitmom
02-28-2012, 10:44 AM
Has anyone been brave enough to take the dreaded "pencil test" for your glutes to see if they sag or not?

I took it six months ago before I started weight training via NROL4W and sadly, it didn't fall to the ground. I failed miserably. :mad: I recently retook the test as I'm in stage 6 of the program and wanted to see if I'd made any progress. This time, the pencil fell right to the ground! I passed with flying colors. :carrot:

Obviously, squatting and lunging with weights does really work, lol.


runningfromfat
02-28-2012, 11:06 AM
What's the pencil test?

DietVet
02-28-2012, 11:42 AM
lol, I thought you were talking about the boob version of that test, which I failed when my boobs were perky 15 yo 34dds.

Running: the idea is that you stick a pencil under your boob--or butt, apparently--and if the pencil stays in place you lose, and if it falls down you win. It's a droopiness test.

Congrats fitmom on the glutasticness! I'm going to have to stand up and try it any minute now...


runningfromfat
02-28-2012, 11:44 AM
lol, I thought you were talking about the boob version of that test, which I failed when my boobs were perky 15 yo 34dds.

Running: the idea is that you stick a pencil under your boob--or butt, apparently--and if the pencil stays in place you lose, and if it falls down you win. It's a droopiness test.

Congrats fitmom on the glutasticness! I'm going to have to stand up and try it any minute now...

:lol: ok, thanks! Um, yeah... I definitely fail the boob one!!!! (as a 28HH/J) But I think I'd probably pass the butt one.. however, I don't think I should try it at work. ;)

fitmom
02-28-2012, 06:21 PM
Ooo, I never tried the boob one but at 34B I'd probably pass. Although I've had two kiddies so you never know.

Yeah, I was talking about the test to assess the firmness of your glutes.

sontaikle
02-28-2012, 08:40 PM
Congrats!

I pass the pencil test too!

My poor boobs don't, lol.

berryblondeboys
02-28-2012, 09:12 PM
I think I could store a whole 36 pack of pencils under my breasts and they wouldn't fall down. And it would have been that way at 18 too (I'm 42). Ok... Off to go do the pencil test. Thank goodness there's no paparazzi! Hope DH doesn't walk in and laugh at me! (not sure his skinny butt would pass the test. He's doing some weights too, but not as often). We weigh the same now but he's 6 inches taller than me!

124chicksinger
02-28-2012, 10:23 PM
Oh, me too thinking it was the boob test....honey, I can grab and hold a 164 Crayola Crayons box under my boob. The glutes? Never thought about it but I don't think I could grab a pencil beneath them. Perhaps between them? LOL

berryblondeboys
02-28-2012, 11:21 PM
This is providing me a good laugh at least.

So... How does this test work exactly? Of course DH walks in on me when I have my pants down, fortunately he thought I was just finishing using the toilet and didn't see how stupid I looked with a pencil under my butt .

Seems it depends on how I stand determines if the pencil drops or not... But I got a good look at my butt in the mirror. Not so pretty.

kateleestar
02-29-2012, 08:23 AM
I've always had weirdly toned back-of-legs, lol.. so I don't think this would have worked at my highest weight either.. I will try it though, later.. lol.

As for boobs, thats a no. I'm at a 36 DD right now.. The chest fly's are working, but not that fast! :D

runningfromfat
02-29-2012, 08:39 AM
This is providing me a good laugh at least.

So... How does this test work exactly? Of course DH walks in on me when I have my pants down, fortunately he thought I was just finishing using the toilet and didn't see how stupid I looked with a pencil under my butt .

Seems it depends on how I stand determines if the pencil drops or not... But I got a good look at my butt in the mirror. Not so pretty.

I tried it last night and am the same way. If I stand up straight it drops but if I lean my leg back it stays (but wouldn't that be the same for everyone? :dizzy: ).

Oh man, and for the boob one... well, I'm constantly sticking important things in my bra like my money and keys so God only knows what I'd actually be able to stick underneath my breasts and still hold up! :lol:

DietVet
02-29-2012, 10:47 AM
Oh man, and for the boob one... well, I'm constantly sticking important things in my bra like my money and keys so God only knows what I'd actually be able to stick underneath my breasts and still hold up! :lol:

Lol! I'm glad to not be alone on this one. I keep all kinds of stuff in my bra and it always shocks people when I magically pull my phone or credit card out. I listen to audiobooks pretty constantly and so I usually have an mp3 player in my bra, among other things. :)

ETA: I tend to wear skirts and dresses rather than pants and consequently almost never have pockets. This is why I use my bra for storage!

berryblondeboys
02-29-2012, 10:52 AM
Lol! I'm glad to not be alone on this one. I keep all kinds of stuff in my bra and it always shocks people when I magically pull my phone or credit card out. I listen to audiobooks pretty constantly and so I usually have an mp3 player in my bra, among other things. :)

ETA: I tend to wear skirts and dresses rather than pants and consequently almost never have pockets. This is why I use my bra for storage!

I have never, ever used my bra for storage. Not sure why. Maybe because I got grossed out as a kid with my grandma pulling out a kleenex for me to use from her bra. Just seemed so wrong, but now that I think about it it's not, but as a kid it was like "ew!"

Lambiechop
02-29-2012, 11:06 AM
My butt is flat. I pass the test but only because there is no distinction between my butt and thigh. :(

EmmaD
02-29-2012, 12:15 PM
I thought the boob pencil test too! I didn't know there was a butt one.

I pass both. Small-ish boobs. NOT small-ish butt, but the fat I have there is SOLID :D so no sagging.

I remember this glute test (http://leanbodiesconsulting.com/blog/testing-the-glutes/) circulating a while ago (the original link I bookmarked doesn't work any more, but it looks like this was copied from it). I failed miserably at that one. Someone on a New Rules of Lifting for Women forum mentioned that she had failed that test, too - she had been working out and building good strength but apparently not activating her glutes.

fitmom
03-01-2012, 07:54 AM
Alright, I did take the pencil boob test and passed, lol. I don't think it necessarily has to do with the size of my small-ish chest but rather the fact that I have been bench pressing in the NROL4W and my pectoral muscles must be built up therefore the breast sits higher on my chest wall (or something like that).

Anyhow, you have to stand up straight for the butt pencil test - put it under the gluteal fold (the area of the skin where the butt meets the upper thigh) and if it sags too much, it will not fall. If the butt is adequately firm and lifted, it will immediately fall to the ground.

FWIW, my butt was flat and saggy beyond belief around 6 months ago. I'm 40 and have had two kids - it wasn't a pretty sight. I could hide it in clothes but I dreaded bathing suit season. I'm telling you that no butt is beyond repair. It may take up to six months like it did for me yet you can improve it, no doubt.

InsideMe
03-01-2012, 08:11 AM
Ok I had to try this!!! Passed on the butt, the boob....mmmmd depends, passed with a bra on (is that cheating?) failed with a bra off. I breast fed 2 kids until they were 2....haha they are saggy saggy saggy! LOL Don't know if I will ever pass the boob test!

Sylvied
03-01-2012, 09:04 AM
Did fine for the butt. It's firm...but my boobs grew in big and saggy when I was 14 and I've never had much luck perking them up without major bra help so there's no way I'm passing that one anytime soon.