20 bucks for bodyfat analysis?
- 09-15-2005, 12:07 PM
- 09-15-2005, 12:56 PM
- 6'3" 215 lbs.
- Join Date
- Dec 2004
- Rep Power
- Lv. Percent
You could just buy some calipers and learn to do it yourself for less than $20.
- 09-15-2005, 01:13 PM
i do have a caliper and I suck at measuring, I want someone more experienced so that I can learn what to do myself...eventually
09-15-2005, 02:53 PM
Your gym doesn't do it for free? All I've ever had to do was to ask one of the trainers (the ones that knew what the hell they were doing), and they'd measure for me for free.
09-15-2005, 04:47 PM
ou's gym doesn't have personal trainers, so I have to use another gym's trainers
09-15-2005, 09:57 PM
its just 20 bucks .. its not much at all .. if that's all you have access to then go for it .. if it were like 50 or more i'd say get outta here .. but for 20 bucks just go for it
... how many sites do they use? if they don't use at least 7 don't do it
09-16-2005, 08:53 AM
I wouldn't call most gym 'trainers' well qualified to perform an accurate skinfold test. For one, they usually use little cheap calipers, then, they also typically do a 3-site skinfold, instead of the infinitely more accurate 7-site... and, to top it off, there is so much turnover among gym staff that you can hardly get the same person to perform the test again later, which is important because different people will measure differently.
Look for a place in your area, often called a human performance lab, that offers multiple and vaired testing like VO2 max, lactate threshhold, etc... these places will typically perform a 7-site skinfold for $10-$15 and do a solid job. Some of them offer hydrostatic weighing as well. I've done that myself, but the 7-site skinfold was virtually identical so I'll stick to that in the future.
I guess it just depends on how much accuracy matters and if you just want a general idea of progress or to really know the best estimate of your BF% and LBM.
09-16-2005, 03:52 PM
I don't remember...I called one place and they used a 7 site and I think the other used a 9 site; but, they were both 20 buck.Originally Posted by glenihan
09-16-2005, 03:54 PM
I'll have to check into this because I do very much care about accuracy. You would think they would have one in a college town, especially since this is a research-oriented university.Originally Posted by shootmeagain
09-16-2005, 04:14 PM
Sweetass!!!!!! Thanks Dietrying for the idea...I just called around on campus, and what do you know, It looks like they do all of that stuff.
Hopefully, it won't cost an arm and a leg.
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