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PoutineEh
02-17-2006, 05:41 PM
just wondering how often people here check their body fat. i got a little crappy caliper for x-mas and am just wondering how often to check bf. once every month or two?
also, how often do you guys measure arms/legs/chest size etc.?

getfit
02-17-2006, 05:42 PM
i don't check often last time was about 3-4 months ago@14%

brickt.
02-17-2006, 05:52 PM
Never have, probably never will, save perhaps DEXA.

ShockBoxer
02-17-2006, 06:08 PM
I use my cheapo calipers after every workout. Since the only spot I can measure alone in one of two places on my stomach, which is the last spot the lose weight in a man usually, it's not particularly useful.

WildCard
02-17-2006, 06:39 PM
I measure every 5-7 days

PoutineEh
02-17-2006, 07:47 PM
how about body size measurements? im guessing maybe once every 4-6 months?

Shao-LiN
02-17-2006, 10:05 PM
I use my cheapo calipers after every workout. Since the only spot I can measure alone in one of two places on my stomach, which is the last spot the lose weight in a man usually, it's not particularly useful.

After every workout? Reminds of the commercial where some guy weighs himself on the gym scale, does a 20 second run, then weighs himself again.

MJS
02-18-2006, 05:33 AM
I use my cheapo calipers after every workout. Since the only spot I can measure alone in one of two places on my stomach, which is the last spot the lose weight in a man usually, it's not particularly useful.

Measuring after workouts is not accurate. Nor is measuring after drinking 2 big glasses of water. Measure before workouts and after drinking a lot of water.

ShockBoxer
02-18-2006, 06:15 AM
It doesn't have to be accurate... it just has to register change. My theory is that if I measure with the same variables every time that it will measure a difference when there's a difference to be measured. Unless, of course, the superialiac spot is 20mm for everyone, whether 45% BF or 6%.

MJS
02-18-2006, 06:36 AM
If you are just measuring change than that will work. As you said, just make sure that you try to have as close to the same variables each time as possible.