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Ever calculate your body fat with calipers?

 
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ScottyB_RochNY
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Ever calculate your body fat with calipers? Reply with quote

My roommate has calipers, as he's a personal trainer. I'm feeling a little chunky right now!

I found a calculator online. I wonder how these stack up to those hand helds, or the hydrostat.

http://www.free-online-calculator-use.com/skin-fold-test.html

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure how accurate it is, but I think it is farily consistant and will give you a good marker to see where you are now compared to where you are in the future/past.

I have had it measured this way when I was in and out of shape and it gave me the results I expected.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hand held are crap. standing ones are better. calipers are better than both, but you have to have someone trained to take a correct measurement, and subsequent measurements have to be from the EXACT SAME SPOTS or they mean nothing relative to the first measurement.

if you want a true reading, see if you can find a sports performance boutique that has an egg, or water displacement tank.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try this link for lots of good information on calculating it.

http://www.4hourlife.com/2011/04/09/4-hour-body-composition-body-fat-calculator-how-do-you-measure-up/

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a displacement test early this year which prompted some fairly radical dietary changes. Was getting on the chunky side of things. Down to a decent size again but still want to get into that "athlete" range again.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

back in college, I did the displacement test with the UT cheer squad. Most of the chicks were 8 - 12% range. The guys ranged from 7% to 24%. I sat in the middle at 18%. I am a long way from that now. New goal is to be 15% by April of next year, which would put me in great shape for the MS150 and for our spring wakeboarding fest.
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