Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    KAEW44's Avatar
    KAEW44 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,340

    How "off" is the electronic bodyfat% machine thingie??

    Guys the electronic machine which is pretty much a scale which you stand on bare foot and has sensors on it clocked me this morning at 31% bodyfat!!!!!

    I am 165lbs, 5ft 10in height, and my waist is like 33.5inches! i am the skinniest guy of all my friends and family, is my heart clogged up with solid fat or is that machine crappy? its the machine at the gym btw it the one all the personal trainers use on their clients.

  2. #2
    Noles12's Avatar
    Noles12 is offline Knowledgeable Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,336
    Its crap. How can something you are standing on accurately measure the fat at different points of your body

  3. #3
    KAEW44's Avatar
    KAEW44 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,340
    Quote Originally Posted by Noles12 View Post
    Its crap. How can something you are standing on accurately measure the fat at different points of your body
    LOL i know i have no idea how it works, i assumed it sent an electrical pulse and then measures how much of that pulse your fat "jiggles" back into the receiver sensor!

  4. #4
    Noles12's Avatar
    Noles12 is offline Knowledgeable Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,336
    Haha no. Just get it tested with at least a 9 point test. It is much more accurate

  5. #5
    sgt2jay's Avatar
    sgt2jay is offline Knowledgeable Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    765
    it is not the most accurate. the best it can be used for is to track progress. it will at least show and incrrease or decrease, which i guess you could call results.

    keep in mind to stay consistant check at the same time everytime. best time is morning after using the toilet.

    how it works is it measures resistance with an electrical current from one foot through body and out the other. the more muscle the more resistence. hydration effect this as well the more water in the body the faster it travels. typically in the morning you are less hydrated so you get a lower reading. you can see a change as much as 5% - 8% in the after noon based on fluid consuption.

  6. #6
    gbrice75's Avatar
    gbrice75 is offline AR's Diet Pimp! ~HOF~
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    17,457
    I wasted $80 on one. It told me I was 21% bodyfat - look at my avy. Granted i'm not near 10%, but 15% at best. 6% is a HUGE deviation!

  7. #7
    Dan111 is offline Associate Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    In my apartment.
    Posts
    170
    The handheld one is crap too, so don't bother getting one of those either. Apparently if you're below 3% or 4% BF it won't even register. Now normally that would be fine as most of us won't ever get that low, however it won't register my BF and I'm at around 10-12% (based off of calipers). So at least with my experience, the handheld ones suck also, just go with calipers.

  8. #8
    Times Roman's Avatar
    Times Roman is offline Anabolic Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Back from Afghanistan
    Posts
    27,383
    there was a newb in here the other day all worried he had 61% bf, as measured by a similar device. his pic clearly showed he was NOT 61% bf... you'd almost have to be made of jello for it to be that high.

  9. #9
    Dan111 is offline Associate Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    In my apartment.
    Posts
    170
    yeah, I think your blood would be about as thick as molasses at that point, lol

    and all the trainers at my gym use the electronic handheld thing on their clients, I realize it might be easier and more convenient, but it's certainly not accurate, if I was a trainer I'd tell my client to STFU and just let me use calipers on them

  10. #10
    gbrice75's Avatar
    gbrice75 is offline AR's Diet Pimp! ~HOF~
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    17,457
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan111 View Post
    Apparently if you're below 3% or 4% BF it won't even register.
    Show me a person below 3% - 4% and i'll show you a dead man!

  11. #11
    Times Roman's Avatar
    Times Roman is offline Anabolic Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Back from Afghanistan
    Posts
    27,383
    Quote Originally Posted by gbrice75 View Post
    Show me a person below 3% - 4% and i'll show you a dead man!
    If I'm not mistaken, I think a guy can temporarily get there if he is doing a show, but immediately needs to increase it afterwards.

  12. #12
    gbrice75's Avatar
    gbrice75 is offline AR's Diet Pimp! ~HOF~
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    17,457
    Quote Originally Posted by Times Roman View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, I think a guy can temporarily get there if he is doing a show, but immediately needs to increase it afterwards.
    I know bodybuilders in comps can get very low and only hold that for a couple of hours, but I don't know about 3%. I've heard of 6%, never 3. I'm not saying it's impossible, just that i've never heard of that. Where's Fireguy when you need him?!!

  13. #13
    KAEW44's Avatar
    KAEW44 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,340
    Thanks for the feedback guys, it did freak me out to find out i was 31% especially seeing that i dont look anywhere near 31%, but i guess i can use this method to track progress so when i am in much better shape i guess the machine will read 22%??

    I will keep up the hard training and good diet and use the mirror/scale to judge my progress until i can get a caliper done!

  14. #14
    Noles12's Avatar
    Noles12 is offline Knowledgeable Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,336
    Well i wouldnt assume a 9% difference on the scale is truly a 9% difference in person. I think it would be more accurate than that thing to track you progress by looking in a mirror. You will see change. But keep in mind it is not accurate no matter what you are using it for

  15. #15
    MR-FQ320's Avatar
    MR-FQ320 is offline This means war!
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Gods own country
    Posts
    3,007
    Get some calipers from Ebay, i paid about 4 for mine.

  16. #16
    most_desired is offline Female Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by gbrice75 View Post
    Show me a person below 3% - 4% and i'll show you a dead man!
    That's probably why it doesn't register.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •