Measuring

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    Nov 02, 2007 8:40 PM GMT
    How do you measure arms? I honestly don't know, legs too.icon_sad.gif

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    Nov 02, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    You should use a tailor's measuring tape. Measure your bicep by flexing your muscle and measuring it where it's thickest. Same for calves. For thighs, I don't know. Add 1 inch to both measurements before posting them in your profile.


    (just kidding about that last part)
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    Nov 02, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    I think the only reliable way to do it is to invite a buddy over to do the tape work. Have a few beers. Then... measure...
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    Nov 02, 2007 10:57 PM GMT
    Good idea. Make it interactive.
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    Nov 02, 2007 11:01 PM GMT
    Lol I was SO expecting something else....
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    Nov 03, 2007 12:09 AM GMT
    ...ok

    Measure the distance from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your middle finger.
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    Nov 03, 2007 6:55 AM GMT
    Harvard....

    Generally the arm is measured when "cold" or prior to exercise. The arm is held out to the side and bent to about a 90% angle at the elbow. Both the bicep AND tricep muscles are flexed, and the tape is passed around the biggest part of the upper arm.

    Some people advocate using a strip of newspaper and then comparing the overlap mark with a ruler or steel tape measure, under the theory that a relatively thick cloth tape measure distorts the measurements.

    For upper legs, the measurement should be taken while standing with the legs straight but flexed, and the tape passed around the leg horizontally at the "gluteal fold" - or the crease under your butt.

    Calves are measured with the feet flat on the floor, calves flexed, the tape passed horizontally across the largest diameter in the lower leg - which is typically about 1/4-1/3 down from the knee.

    All of these should be done by a buddy - it's nearly impossble to do it well on one's own.

    Joey
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    Nov 03, 2007 9:46 AM GMT
    First... I was so expecting something else...icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    Joey... thanks for explaining it so clearly because I didn't know the procedure either. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 15, 2007 2:12 PM GMT
    Hey guys well I got measured by my personal trainer that I had, he measured everything, had me strip to my jock, and the results are:

    Chest 45-46
    Arms 16 (bicep)
    Thighs 22
    Calves 17
    Waist 30-31

    Is this good for a guy my age, wieght and height? I don't want to get real big just enough to look good and easy to maintain.

    I weigh 165-170
    5'8"
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    Nov 15, 2007 3:22 PM GMT
    I'm one of those guys whose brain transforms into oatmeal once I start receiving driving directions or numbers. Ultimately, all measurements aside, if you feel you're looking good and balanced, then you probably are.

    The bigger question is who is your personal trainer and is he cute? My trainers have always measured me with my clothes on. I've obviously been going to bad trainers.
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    Nov 15, 2007 9:02 PM GMT
    Thanks man, yeah he is hot, had to keep it all business, did not want to lose him as a trainer, a very good one at that, yes very hot, alwasy got ahard on, was what kept me going back for moreicon_biggrin.gif