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Body-fat measurement calipers are readily available today and because of technological improvements have become more accurate. What type of caliper would fit your budget.

By: David Robson

When one considers the emphasis many place on achieving their best possible shape physically, it is no surprise the supplement and training industries are booming. There are many approaches to getting, and staying, in shape, with the majority of these revolving around diets and training plans.

However, to achieve superior conditioning, many turn to new and innovative ways to measure their progress. Body-fat measurement has for some time been considered an ideal way to chart physical improvement, with various skin-fold techniques generally considered the most convenient, accessible and cost-effective way.

Indeed, the measurements taken from a skin-fold body-fat test, provide a very good indication of ones body-fat levels. Skin-fold measurements can be converted into a percentage, which can be compared to various norms, and improvements in diet and/or training intensity can subsequently be made to further strip body-fat, to meet physical objectives.

Although a good way in which to chart progress, it should be said that calipers cannot be totally accurate. In fact, in some circles it is thought that skin-fold measurements, not body-fat percentage, will provide greater accuracy when monitoring changes. Rob Thoburn, scientific advisor for BSN nutrition, remembers using calipers in exactly this way.

"I was working for a supplement company several years ago and a group of us guys in R&D would have these in-house body fat competitions.

"We would measure ourselves with calipers. We wouldn't use any complicated formula to figure out our body fat percentage. We simply added up the measurements we got with the calipers on different locations in the body.

Below are some caliper options available to the general public.


Caliper Options

The caliper measurement options reviewed below are generally regarded as the best available, as they are easy to use and scientifically tested. As body-fat measurement technology has progressed, calipers have also improved in a variety of ways.

Accu-Measure Personal Body-Fat Tester

    These, along with Fat-track Gold, are the only calipers that allow one to self-test, making them possibly the most efficient; provided the tester follows the correct procedures.

    Other types of calipers generally require the services of a qualified professional as they more complex to use, and, as a result, there is a greater possibility for error if self-testing.

    Benefits:

    1. Measure within one-percent of gold-standard underwater weighing results.
    2. Easy to read measurements.
    3. Clinical proven accuracy.
    4. No dangerous electronic current or false readings.
    5. Easy to use.
    6. Fat loss can be monitored within seconds.
    7. Very cost effective.

Video Instruction:

    Male Bodybuilder:

    Abdominal
    WMV (566 KB)
    MPEG (2.6 MB)

    Chest
    WMV (406 KB)
    MPEG (1.8 MB)

    Thigh
    WMV (820 KB)
    MPEG (3.8 MB)

    Figure Competitor:

    Triceps
    WMV (351 MB)
    MPEG (1.5 MB)

    Waist
    WMV (322 MB)
    MPEG (1.4 MB)

    Thigh
    WMV (432 MB)
    MPEG (1.9 MB)

    Average Male:

    Abdominal
    WMV (380 KB)
    MPEG (1.7 MB)

    Chest
    WMV (356 KB)
    MPEG (1.6 MB)

    Thigh
    WMV (198 KB)
    MPEG (867 KB)

Fat-Track Gold, Body-Fat Tester

    The latest technology in body-fat testing, Fat-track gold allows for self-testing in seconds. They are also easy to use, digital accuracy.

    Recommended by publications, Oxygen, Physical, Shape, Ironman, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Max Sports & Fitness, American Health and Fitness, IDEA Personal Trainer, and Natural Muscle, Fat-track Gold could be the most effective caliper testing method yet.

    Benefits

    1. Uses the aforementioned Jackson-Pollack body density equations for determining body fat.
    2. Audible beep indicates correct pressure and measurement, ensuring accuracy.
    3. Self-calibrating for lifetime accurate measurements.
    4. Fitness rating indicator based on gender, age & body fat %.
    5. Stores 3 personal profiles.
    6. Statistical reports display-shows maximum and minimum readings at each measuring point.
    7. Very cost effective.

Video Instruction:

    Male Bodybuilder:

    Abdominal
    WMV (265 KB)
    MPEG (1.2 MB)

    Chest
    WMV (339 KB)
    MPEG (1.5 MB)

    Thigh
    WMV (241 KB)
    MPEG (1 MB)

    Figure Competitor:

    Triceps
    WMV (357 MB)
    MPEG (1.6 MB)

    Waist
    WMV (442 MB)
    MPEG (2 MB)

    Thigh
    WMV (346 MB)
    MPEG (1.5 MB)

    Average Male:

    Abdominal
    WMV (287 KB)
    MPEG (1.2 MB)

    Chest
    WMV (364 KB)
    MPEG (1.6 MB)

    Thigh
    WMV (302 KB)
    MPEG (1.3 MB)

Harpenden Skin-Fold Calipers

    The Harpenden skin-fold caliper has been a standard research caliper for many years. Many of the tables used to determine body-fat percentage, and data regarding fat tests, have been provided using the Harpenden.

    The Harpenden, valued at over $400, is touted as the most accurate skin-fold caliper in existence as it can be read to the nearest 0.1 mm, and can measure up to 55 mm.

    Benefits

    1. Highest quality.
    2. A standard research tool.

Lafayette Skin-Fold Calipers

    These calipers are also purportedly very accurate. In fact, they were designed by the co-author of the widely used Jackson-Pollock skin-fold formulas, Dr Andrew S. Jackson.

    The measurement range with these calipers is 0-100mm, double that of the Harpenden model. Lafayette's unique skin-fold design also has an adjustable zero-point which allows one to reset the pointer back to zero.

    Benefits

    1. Features floating tips for parallel measurements and a large, easy to read dial.
    2. Delivers a constant pressure of 10 gm/mm2 which is necessary for the Jackson-Pollock skin-fold equations.

Lange Calipers

    Among the most expensive, the Lange caliper is said to be the best selling professional caliper ever made. They are though to be the most direct, simple and accurate method for estimating leanness-fatness is measuring the thickness of skin-folds by constant-tension calipers.

    Benefits

    1. Accurate to + or - 1mm.
    2. Tips pivot automatically for parallel measurement.
    3. Easy to read scale up to 60 mm.
    4. All critical pivot points utilize low friction bearings.
    5. Spring loaded leavers provide a substantially constant standard pressure.

Example Of How Fat-Track Gold Calipers Work

    In order to gauge the preciseness of the latest in skin-fold technology, the Fat-track Gold body-fat tester, a subject was chosen and tests were taken. The results were accurate, as outlined below.

    Subject: Natalie Robson.
    Gender: Female.
    Age: 29.
    Height: 171cms.
    Weight: 50kg.

    Natalie Robson Fat-Track Gold Calipers Tests
    Test Triceps Waist Thigh Total
    First Test 3.0 5.0 3.0 6.3%
    Second Test 3.0 5.0 3.0 6.3%
    Third Test 3.0 5.0 3.0 6.3%

    Results showed a very low percentage of body-fat, according to the universally used Jackson and Pollock table.

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