03-30-2005, 10:54 PM #1
What do you use to test your body fat?
So I did a search on this and not sure if I am not using the right order of search words but I canít seem to come up with this info on here. What do you use to measure body fat at home? I go to a local gym and they use this little white device that you grab hold of and hope for the best. Itís an OMRON fat loss monitor HBF-306. I purchased one myself. Should I feel comfortable with what it says? Do I need to get calipers? Do I need to get a "tanita" scale that I step on? My workout partner says the only true way to test body fat is to do something with water and displacement or something.
What do the rest of you use for testing body fat and how accurate do you think your method is?
03-31-2005, 08:21 AM #2AR Hall of Fame
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Unless you do a hydrostatic test @ a University or someplace professional, forget it.
Those hand held things are piecies of sh*t.
03-31-2005, 08:38 AM #3
I just got my a hydrostatic test at my gym. I have a bodyfat scale at home too and it was telling me my % was almost double what it really is. The scale is a good indicator of whether your BF % is going up or down, but don't use it for an accurate measurement.
03-31-2005, 08:50 AM #4
I would say just use the mirror and work till your happy. Then work some more.
03-31-2005, 10:31 AM #5
03-31-2005, 10:44 AM #6Originally Posted by SwoleCat
The point is, that Swole's point is quite valid. I think that he, and possibly others have said in the past that the best test is looking in the mirror.
I still say that the callibers can be used as a bench mark, but you really cant take ano methods other then hydrostatic to seriously. The difference between 12% and 8% is a 50% error.
Last edited by beenie; 03-31-2005 at 10:46 AM.
03-31-2005, 10:46 AM #7Originally Posted by soontoberipped
Words to live by!
03-31-2005, 10:49 AM #8Originally Posted by bad_man
03-31-2005, 10:54 AM #9Originally Posted by beenie
03-31-2005, 11:14 AM #10Originally Posted by bad_man
Maybe he will come to New York one day. Hope is truck doesn't spring a leak in the Holland tunnel.
03-31-2005, 11:46 AM #11
Actually, I think he's from NYC. I live upstate. I'll see if I have his card. I forget the name of his company.
03-31-2005, 11:50 AM #12Originally Posted by bad_man
Seriously, PM me with the contact info if you find it. Would be kewl. Last time I got tested I had to go all the way to New Jersey. Major pain in the tush!
Last edited by beenie; 03-31-2005 at 11:53 AM.
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