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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-28-2008, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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measuring body fat

hey i was wondering if there is like a home test i could do so i can gauge my progress to be a little more detailed.. would this be an accurate measurement of body fat percentage?

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html

or should i get one of those fat calipers?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-28-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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just ask a personal trainer at your gym to do it...

if not, they have handheld ones that aren't too bad. you'll have a starting point and can base your progress off the difference in the numbers.
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those calculators are normally way off the mark

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just ask a personal trainer at your gym to do it...

if not, they have handheld ones that aren't too bad. you'll have a starting point and can base your progress off the difference in the numbers.
Im getting a comparison of the electrical impedance meter vs calipers tomorrow...we will see how close it is.

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just ask a personal trainer at your gym to do it...

if not, they have handheld ones that aren't too bad. you'll have a starting point and can base your progress off the difference in the numbers.
any recommendations on which handheld ones are near accurate? thanks
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Im getting a comparison of the electrical impedance meter vs calipers tomorrow...we will see how close it is.
let me know man! what kind of caliper are u using? the accumeasures?
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i looked up a few types of scales and got some good reviews on this one... not too expensive

http://www.amazon.com/review/product...By=addFiveStar
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The formula above has me at 15%

My home scale says 8.5%

The hand held one at the gym says 11.5%

Since im bulking back up for a meet i'd guess im back up to 12% now.

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The formula above has me at 15%

My home scale says 8.5%

The hand held one at the gym says 11.5%

Since im bulking back up for a meet i'd guess im back up to 12% now.
I got pinched yesterday at 11.5 I wonder what it really is.

The calculator above has me at 12.3
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I got pinched yesterday at 11.5 I wonder what it really is.

The calculator above has me at 12.3

Should be between 10-14 then. That's pretty damn good, you working out a lot?

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Should be between 10-14 then. That's pretty damn good, you working out a lot?

I try and stay active. I am not a gym rat by anymeans but I am there at least 3-4 days a week. Just trying to stay healthy and fit.
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The formula above has me at 15%

My home scale says 8.5%

The hand held one at the gym says 11.5%

Since im bulking back up for a meet i'd guess im back up to 12% now.
dang those numbers fluctuate significantly! what would u recommend thats fairly inexpensive? a fat caliper? or which handheld would u recommend?
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dang those numbers fluctuate significantly! what would u recommend thats fairly inexpensive? a fat caliper? or which handheld would u recommend?
calipers are only as good as the person using them. Im working on the numbers..its not me thats getting measured, its a friend.

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dang those numbers fluctuate significantly! what would u recommend thats fairly inexpensive? a fat caliper? or which handheld would u recommend?

Well, i like the little hand held electrod ones. You can get them fairly cheap i think. They only measure the upper body, but most people dont carry more fat in their legs. haha

They say that the hand held one is within 2% BF. Either way it's pretty accurate if you do it more than once on the same day if you know what i mean. I can sit there are enter my info and it will come out with the same % over and over.

Therefore if you drop from 15% to 12% over a couple months or whatever, then you lost 3% wether is perfectly accurate on the body fat from the start. I hope that makes since.

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