Measurements...when and how often?

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    Jul 31, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    Since I'm back in the gym 4-5 times a week now, I want to record my progress. What's a realistic period of time that I should take my measurements (arms, chest, waist...etc)? Should I do this before or after I work out and is once a week okay? I don't want to get frustrated if I'm taking measurements too often and don't see much progress.

    Thanks!
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    I think it's pretty pointless to take measurements more than once every for weeks. Maybe every other week if you're really impatient. But on a weekly basis, you're unlikely to see much change.
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! I just didn't want to set myself up for disappointment. :-)
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    Yea...3 months is a good time frame.
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    I just look at my pants and that my waist size..have no clue how to actually take those measurements.
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Three months? Even 1 month can be too long.

    I think it depends on the amount of change you're looking for, and how much truth you can take. If you're trying to lose or gain weight, and haven't seen much change over the course of a week (even if it's a single pound difference), then I don't think you're doing the right thing.

    I'm impatient though. Spending a month or three doing the wrong thing is too much of a waste of time to me.
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    Jul 31, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Simon78928 saidI just look at my pants and that my waist size..have no clue how to actually take those measurements.


    I use my bellybutton as the point of reference. I just run the tape measure around. You cant use pants since sizing is not uniform. I wear a 29 in some stuff. And I am not a 29 as much as I wish I was.

    I do measurements every month. But I am now going to every three months.
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    Scales and measurements aren't always a good indicator of progress. You'll end up getting more frustrated.
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    I don't like body measurements because you might be in the middle of a recomposition process (losing fat and gaining lean mass at the same time). Appearances can be very deceiving. Measuring weight AND body fat is a more reliable way to track your progress. Having a body fat measurement tool at home is absolutely essential. If these two numbers are doing well, you don't need to worry about aesthetics because it will take its course.

    My suggestion is to create a spreadsheet with the following columns:

    - Weight
    - Body Fat
    - Lean Mass
    - Lean Mass delta

    Fill it on a weekly basis. The single most important column is the LMD because it will show how much lean mass you've actually put on.
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:58 PM GMT
    How do u measure lean mass and what is lean mass delta?
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    Jul 31, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    davemanchester saidHow do u measure lean mass and what is lean mass delta?


    1. Measure your weight
    2. Measure your body fat
    3. Based on these two values, you calculate your fat weight
    4. Your lean mass is your total weight - fat weight
    5. The lean mass delta is the difference between your current and the last lean mass measurement

    Example:

    Week 1:

    Weight: 180lbs
    Body fat: 10%
    Fat weight: 18lbs
    Lean mass: 180 - 18 = 162lbs

    Week 2:

    Weight: 181lbs
    Body fat: 10%
    Fat weight: 18.1lbs
    Lean mass: 181 - 18.1 = 162.9lbs
    Lean mass delta: 0.9lbs

    ps: this is just an example... 0.9lbs of pure lean mass in a week is an amazing progress without steroids!
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    Aug 01, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    I have a scale that measure my BMI and it can go from 19% to 23% in 24hrs...that can't be right...can it?
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    Aug 01, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    rugbyguyfl saidI have a scale that measure my BMI and it can go from 19% to 23% in 24hrs...that can't be right...can it?
    The body scales are really picky about how they're positioned. You gotta have them on a perfectly flat surface and perfectly level or they'll be very inconsistent.

    My Bowflex body scale - although not perfectly accurate - has been extremely consistent.for over a year. I can even weigh before and after a shit and tell you how much it weighed within 0.2 lbs. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 01, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    That's friggin hilarious! I don't know if I'll go to that extreme....lol
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    Aug 01, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    rugbyguyfl saidI have a scale that measure my BMI and it can go from 19% to 23% in 24hrs...that can't be right...can it?


    I think the accuracy of the body fat measurement is dependent on how hydrated you are. I think you get more accurate and consistent body fat measurements if you take it first thing in the morning. Assuming you haven't been drinking alcohol the night before and getting dehydrated. Also, you might want to use body fat calipers in addition to the body fat scale.
  • mybud

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    Aug 01, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    Gym_bull saidEvery 3 months. In the morning before you eat anything. This way you can accurately measure them without the fat and water from food getting in the way.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^This