How to measure body fat % ?
Taking body fat measurements requires some practice even then it’s not 100% accurate. Even so it’s a great inexpensive way to track progress and it’s much more reliable than the scale. For instance, I’m 4 pounds heavier than I was for my first competition but my BF% is down by 1-2%. Which hopefully means I did gain a little muscle and lose some fat!!
Below are some links to calculators and directions on how to measure using calipers. I used both and they came up with the same percentages. Personally, I really like the Rusty Iron site because you take 3 measurements at each site and it averages them together. The trick to accuracy is taking the measurements in the same place every time, just like when you are using a tape measure. If I have a freckle or mole at the site I use that as a marker.
For calipers I am using the Accu-Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Body Fat Tester.
Amazon has these right now for $5.91. When I bought mine a few years ago I paid $19.99 at some vitamin store. What a racket.
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