Im thinking of buying some kind of gauge to measure my body fat and there seem to be two main types: calipers which measure skin fold, and electronic ones which transmit an electric current through the body.
Which one is more accurate? any recommendations on specific models?
12-05-2012, 12:03 AM #1
measuring body fat: calipers vs. electric gauges
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What you'll find is that almost everything besides hydrostatic weighing ( pretty sure that's what it's called hahahaha) is going to have a good amount of room for error. I was told by a physician that the electronic ones that you hold out in front of you can be as much as 8% depending on hydration levels. And if youre over 6'5 they dont work...(sad)The calipers can be fairly accurate if you know what youre doing.(I don't) I've just made it a yearly tradition to go get measured in a bod pod(which can be inaccurate if not calibrated correctly) it cost me 80 bucks, compared to a couple hundo for hydrostatic. Of you need to know constantly what your bf % is than I would suggest being trained to do measurements with the calipers, but for someone like me that just likes to see a yearly progress, I'd go spend some money and have a professional do it...
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