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How To Measure Body Fat Percentage

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At Fit Trainers we get this question a lot: how can I measure body fat percentage? To measure body fat percentage you can use several methods, our favorite one is using a body fat measurement caliper. With a personal body fat caliper you can measure your body fat easily with privacy at home.

Fit Trainers Personal Body Fat Calipers are easy to use in the privacy of your home, with superior accuracy and reliability. Since the majority of fat on the body is located directly under the skin, a very efficient and practical way to measure your body fat percentage is skinfold measurement – the scientific approach to the time-honored “pinch an inch” method. The Fit Trainers Personal Body Fat Tester is a precision instrument which has been shown in clinical studies  to be closer in accuracy to the “gold standard” underwater weighing than any of the more elaborate methods of measuring body fat (without the inconvenience, expense, trained personnel, and lack of privacy these methods entail). So whether you choose to use the Personal Body Fat Tester privately or with the help of someone else, just follow the simple steps below – it’s as easy as ONE, TWO, THREE.
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Step 1 The site you will use for skinfold measurement is the suprailliac (approximately one inch above the right hipbone, see figure 1). 

Step 2 While standing, firmly pinch the suprailliac skinfold between your left thumb and forefinger, see figures 2 and 3. Place the jaws of the Personal Body Fat Tester over the skinfold, while continuing to hold the skinfold with the left hand, see figure 4.

Step 3 Press with the thumb where indicated on the Personal Body Fat Tester until you feel a slight click. The slide member will automatically stop at the correct measurement, see figure 5. After reading your measurement, return the slide member to the far right starting position. Repeat three times and use the average as your measurement. Refer to the body fat interpretation chart to determine your body fat percentage and what it means.

Fit Trainers Men and Women Body Measurement Charts and Tips

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  1. Obtain your body fat measurement in millimeters using the Fit Trainers Body Fat Caliper
  2. Find where the column with your millimeter reading intersects with the row with your age range.
  3. The number at this intersection is your body fat percentage
  4. Note: For measurements over 36mm add .25% for every millimeter pinched above 36mm

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