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    BF% Calculator

    At my gym i was doing a 12 week challenge, basically get jacked as you can in 12 weeks for prizes and they took my bodyfat by putting a thing on my foot and another things on my wrist and forearm, attached calipers to them and gave me a reading of 9.6%.

    Is this method of BF testing anywhere near accurate? i was pretty surprised it came up sub 10 im reallly not ripped at all.
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    afaik them electronic ones can be off by a good 5%
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    **** a. they were selling it as extremely accurate.
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    Sounds like a bioelectrical impediance machine... basically sends an electric current through your body and depending on fast the current passes through your body can calculate your fat percentage. This is possible because electric currents travel through muscle and adipose tissue (fat) at different speeds. Is it reliable, well yes it is but only if performed in the correct ways, as hydration can cause quite a large deviation in the results... So if your were dehydrated it would probably show a higher bf% as the current wouldnt pass as efficiently through a dehydrated person...

    This is what i remember off the top of my head, so may be mistaken or confused but search bioelectrical impediance test
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    pretty sure the most accurate is the electronic water thingy. expensive and can still be off by 1 percent. personally i prefer to ask it in the post your pics section or heck, even here if youre lucky to get good answers. the best way is estimating how much BF you LOOK like you have
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    was first thing in the mornin so prolly slightly dehydrated. so does that mean it might be lower?
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    probably means a little a higher than normal as electric current passes better through water so i would assume that the charge would pass slower through a dehydrated cell then a fully hydrated muscle cell... so i would assume you bf% is lower than what the reading said but this is a guess and could well be broscience, really depends how dehydrated you were too...
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    mmm all a bit above my head mate, army tard here. measly reps for help anyways, cheers
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