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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Senior Member starks713's Avatar
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    What is the most accurate product to test body fat?

    I'm trying to decide on what to buy.

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    The cheapest are just body fat calipers. They are a little bit more accurate than those scales that are supposed to find it.

    Get these, and then go here.

    That's what I did. Its still not the most accurate but probably the most cost efficient.
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    Thanks

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    The most accurate test is the underwater test.
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    whatever method, try and be consistent with who, when, where, the measures are taken. Changes in bf can be due to, for example, being dehydrated during a hydrostatic test. There's a margin of error in all bf tests because so many variables can impact on your testing outcome.
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    Those scales are terrible. I got on them once and they said I had 33% bodyfat.

    I'm at least 37 damn it !!
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    yeah my scale reads a consistant 29% and i know i am at least 40%!!

    *grabs a few rolls of fat*
    see?

    my point is that those charts/calibration curves for those scales are based onyour average joe fatass who at my hight of 5-10 MUST be a real fatass if he weights more than 200 lbs

    they are not entirely worthless though if you get tested in a pool (which is quite accurate) and calibrate this to your scale you can track your change in BF as you diet

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    dont get accumeasure...

    heard bad things about these calipers in MFW...the "SlimGuides" are highly recommended, they are supposed to be the best calipers for cheap (20 bucks or so).

    http://www.bodytrends.com is where I ordered them from.

    also, http://www.exrx.net/Store/Other/SlimGuide.html has them.

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    What about the electrical ones that send a curge from your foot to your hand???
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    Originally posted by Workhorse
    What about the electrical ones that send a curge from your foot to your hand???
    Those really aren't made for weightlifters. I'm assuming you are talking about the Tanita scales. The basic models suck, they are wildly inaccurate as they are made for a typical fat ass American and not people with lots of muscle. The more advanced models have an "athlete" mode, which is more for runners then lifters. But I've read that the athelete mode is at least better, and if you weight yourself everyday in a consistent state you can at least get an idea if you are gaining or losing bodyfat, even if the exact percentage is way off.

    Anyways, I decided to just get calipers and learn how to do it the right way. I like the idea of seeing whether my skinfolds (ie fat) is going down or up with my diet and training.

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    Originally posted by fuzz
    Those really aren't made for weightlifters. I'm assuming you are talking about the Tanita scales.
    No, I'm not talking about Tanita scales... do you put your hand on a scale? No. Anyone else??
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    Originally posted by Workhorse

    No, I'm not talking about Tanita scales... do you put your hand on a scale? No. Anyone else??
    Its the same thing. The Tanita scales sends an electrical surge through you, just like the hand held devices do. So they all have the same inherent problems.

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    Actually, because the tanita scale uses both feet to complete its circuit, the current takes the shortest path available and bypass's the upper body. Because the one I've used uses the hand to complete the circuit, its "inherent" problems are less than that of the Tanita. I was just wondering who else has used them, and what they thought! So from an electrical standpoint, they aren't the same.
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