I bought some calipers and measured 1" above the tip of my right hip bone as indicated. The result was 6mm, and according to the table that came with the calipers, that means my body fat is around 7-8%. I can assure you that isn't the case! I am 6'2" and 180lbs currently. Any idea what is going wrong?
That's 6'2", 180lbs, and not very muscly by the way. Obviously I could be 6.5% and ripped at that weight and height!
Measure at 3 points (quad, chest, abs) then average it and come back.
Post pictures if you aren't sure.
If you're trying to measure yourself you're not going to get very accurate measures. It also takes significant training and practice to get accurate and repeatable measures. Skinfolds are only good when taken by the a trained person.
For self-assessment I just do pictures and perhaps circumference measures.
That looks like it could be 8% body fat. Thing is, there isn't much LBM either. The phrase skin and bones comes to mind.
Dude - What does it matter? Is it so you can boast to your friends that you have no bodyfat. If you had some muscle then maybe that would be valid. You need to eat more and lift heavy. Who gives a **** about bodyfat when you are that skinny.
BTW - Love the skinny pants...
he's asking a question about how to correctly use his calipers, not how to get bigger. you can't just come into every thread with the answer "eat more and lift heavy."
ain't nuttin but a peanut.
You will have gotten stronger when the weight that feels heavy is actually heavier than the weight that feels heavy now. Then the weight that feels heavy now will be a warmup for the weight that feels heavy then. But the weight will always feel heavy or you're not lifting enough weight. Clear? -Rippetoe
I think this is possibly the all-time best response on WBB. - Jorge Sanchez
"you're an animal eat like one damn it!" - Wikked1
"Now we're finally getting to the chicken or the egg question," I grinned. "Did I eat all that food because my size gives me more of an appetite, or did I get to be this big because I've been forcing myself to eat like this for years?"
From A Body Builder is Born
i knew you were a beast but not that kinda of a beast that eats grown men and children.. lilmase
Thanks for those of you who posted useful comments.
Trying to get a handle on getting accurate body fat % readings is rather key at any stage, whether it be cutting (checking to see that your BF% is going down rather than your lean body mass) or bulking (checking to see that you are not piling on too much fat rather than lean body mass).
There are plenty of people on this forum who are too quick to jump on people and start hammering "EAT BIG, LIFT HEAVY" into their heads. I'm fully aware of the process, have done plenty of reading and yet am still open minded and willing to learn new things. I won't be learning new things from the ignorant people who seem to be here solely to put a newbie down.
Thanks again to the helpful guys!
one another thing to mention is that when you measure yourself you often don't take big enough skinfolds. I only learned this after being measured professionally. You literally have grab and push hard and get all that jizzle fat into the skinfold, then measure. Your picture looks to be around 8-12% bodyfat (hard to tell because of how skinny you are). You have a good lean base to work on, now start eating like a horse and fill it in.
225lb @ 17% bodyfat, currently cutting
Current lifts while cutting (all raw): bench 275x4, squat 365x8
Estimated current maxes: 300 bench / 450 dead / 450 squat
Competition / Gym PRs (from March 08)
Bench: 325 raw / 385 loose shirt
Deadlift: 450 raw ADFPF 04/26/08
Squat: 405 raw