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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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?

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    accu-measure calipers

    I just used them and it said im at 20 percent bodyfat... all I did was take the measurement with the calipers and looked at the chart that came with it.

    How accurate is this?

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    Calipers are generally not very accurate. I use them to see if the numbers are increasing or decreasing (which means more or less body fat), but I don't use calipers as an accurate way of measuring body fat. It's better than nothing, I suppose.
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    I haven't used them in a long time, but years ago..... I had my bf done clinically after using the accu-measure calipers and I recall them being within 2-3%.

    I'd say you can safely use +/- 3% as your confidence interval.

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    That sounds pretty decent as to closeness. But another factor is the experience of the user. Different people can get different readings when measuring the same person. I use digital calipers. They're ok. I don't like the sensor though. You have to pinch pretty hard before the sensor says it's ok for a reading. =\
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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    Different people can get different readings when measuring the same person.

    That's a good point - I was also going to mention that different people at different bf% may get similar caliper measurements depending on how that person carries fat.

    I got mine for free, and since I generally use a mirror and waist size to judge my efforts, I haven't used them in a looooooooooooong time.

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    Hmm well if this is true im in desperate need of a cut!!!!
    My last exam is the 28th of April and after ill be home, so that gives me time to research how to cut...

    I read this article here http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=301 and it has some good points, has anyone here done this before?

    My new goal now is to lose 10-12 pounds of fat by July, is that reasonable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    That sounds pretty decent as to closeness. But another factor is the experience of the user. Different people can get different readings when measuring the same person.
    Very true, most say you need to have done 100 people to consider yourself "decent" at bf testing.

    Calipers are a good way test your progress. If you want to know forsure go get it done by a BodPod or DEXA. You'll probably have to drop $30+ to get it done.

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