Can body fat be measured at home?

  • manpit209

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    May 15, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    The last time I got my body fat measured was when I had a personal training session. They knew exactly what to do and all the steps to calculate it. They also had the tools to do it. I haven't had my body fat measured since then but was thinking about trying it myself. Are the tools used to calculate this widely available for purchase somewhere? What tools would I need to be able to calculate my body fat? Thanks for any feedback!
  • UFJocknerd

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    May 15, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    manpit209 saidThe last time I got my body fat measured was when I had a personal training session. They knew exactly what to do and all the steps to calculate it. They also had the tools to do it. I haven't had my body fat measured since then but was thinking about trying it myself. Are the tools used to calculate this widely available for purchase somewhere? What tools would I need to be able to calculate my body fat? Thanks for any feedback!


    You can buy calipers for pretty cheap http://www.amazon.com/SPRI-SKIN-SG-Skin-Fold-Caliper/dp/B0000AN3UB

    Skin-fold measurements aren't super accurate and you have to be careful to do the pinch right to be anywhere near accurate. Why do you care about your bf % anyway?
  • manpit209

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    May 16, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    I have a gut and want to know about how much body fat I have. I think I have 12% or 15% body fat. I'm trying to lose the gut which is annoying the heck out of me. I don't know if calculating body fat will help at all but at least I'd know how much I have.
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    May 16, 2010 7:14 AM GMT
    dont some gyms do free consultations and what not? the gym i went to did, and measured my bodyfat etc. icon_smile.gif
    i went and the trainer told me i was at 11%, im content, not satisfied but im content, thats down from 23% icon_smile.gif