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12-21-2001, 08:18 PM
How do I find out my body fat percentage?

12-21-2001, 08:19 PM
Cheapest way would probably be to buy some calipers.

12-21-2001, 08:41 PM
Sorry, I forgot to use the search feature first.

12-21-2001, 08:58 PM
I don't get this pinching your fat thing, you can pinch however much you want...

12-22-2001, 02:55 AM
Monkey brains, firstly, where you from?

secondly, usually the instructions tell you to pinch a fold of about 1" and test. but you are right, it's innaccurate as shiat. water tests are much more efficient but also much costlier. Is that even a word?

12-22-2001, 11:35 AM
Hertfordshire, England.

Hold on, do you measure how far you can pull it off or whats between your fingers?

12-22-2001, 11:45 AM
how thick the fold you grab is.

Franco is from there.

12-22-2001, 12:13 PM
That is what I thought, but if you grab 1" isn't it going to measure 1"??
I'm confused :confused:

12-22-2001, 12:48 PM
"more costly"

Sorry I had to get that off my chest, chicken :p

12-22-2001, 12:55 PM
If you grab one inch, it won't measure as one inch unless that one inch is pure fat.

12-22-2001, 02:45 PM
think of it like this:

if you pinch an inch piece of paper, it will fold and the measurement will not be 1", it'll be like under 1mm, or close enough depending on how thick the paper is.

the same applies for skin. if you pinch your skin, the fold will only be as thick as the fat underneath. if you had zero fat, then the fold would be very thin. try it on the back of your hand compared to the skin on yo' ass and i think you'll understand the difference.

12-22-2001, 06:31 PM
OH OH OH Who wants to pinch my ass?? :rolleyes:

12-22-2001, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by DumbbellTosser
OH OH OH Who wants to pinch my ass?? :rolleyes:


12-23-2001, 12:13 AM
Silly me.:D

notSoBig Guy
12-23-2001, 01:01 PM
Who cares how fat you are? If you jump up and down and your gut jiggles, you're over 10% fat for sure. I know I am, but I'm bulking. I don't care about my fat % when I bulk, as long as my gut doesn't begin to hang over my belt.:)

12-23-2001, 01:48 PM
Well I did the 3 fold test and it said my body fat was 8.5%, how accurate is that test?

12-23-2001, 02:17 PM
With those tests your normally looking at 2-3% inaccuracy

12-23-2001, 02:19 PM
thats quite a lot. i bet lots of people can eye guess more accurate than that.

12-25-2001, 04:01 AM
didn`t somebody post the link to an internet calculator for bf% some time ago? where you measure your own flab and tell it the measurements n ****?

i wana get that link back.

12-25-2001, 07:00 AM
That is what I used, its..


12-25-2001, 10:08 AM
Do the 7 point test.

12-25-2001, 02:21 PM
do the seven point test, score a gruesome 20.3 %, swear at the screen, pretend it cant be right and resume to eat ur christmas, high Gi carbs + lipids crap.

worked for me.

12-25-2001, 03:23 PM
Was 25% 20lbs ago..wonder what I am now:confused: I find out in a week or so. Anyways where cna u get a water test and how much are they?

12-26-2001, 05:05 AM
Universities tend to have the equipment, but i dunno how much they'd charge for it.

You may get lucky and they'll let you use it for free in exchange for participation in an experiement or something like that.

Severed Ties
12-26-2001, 11:11 AM
Gotta love Universities, Those water chambers are kewl :D


12-26-2001, 02:57 PM
If you use the caliper/pince test, you need to grab the skin, pinch, and pull the skin/fat away from the muscle to measure it accurately. In those gym "fitness assessments" they don't do this right a lot of the time because it can be uncomfortable and even bruise some people....

01-02-2002, 03:01 AM
Omron makes a hand-held model. The way it works is similar to the water method and it is said to be clinically accurate. The model number is HBF-300. You can get them online for a little as $90.