Sep 5, 2019

Measure Body Composition

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Measuring your body composition will help you determine how much of your body is fat and fat-free mass. Your fat-free mass is made up of lean tissue, including your muscles, bones, organs, and water. Knowing your body composition can help you tailor your exercise plan based on how much fat you’d like to lose and how much lean tissue you’d like to gain. Measure your body composition using a skinfold caliper or a body composition scale. You can also use body composition machines if you’d like a very detailed and accurate measurement, though they will require specialized tools.
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Measuring your body composition will help you determine how much of your body is fat and fat-free mass. Your fat-free mass is made up of lean tissue, including your muscles, bones, organs, and water. Knowing your body composition can help you tailor your exercise plan based on how much fat you'd like to lose and how much lean tissue you'd like to gain. Measure your body composition using a skinfold caliper or a body composition scale. You can also use body composition machines if you'd like a very detailed and accurate measurement, though they will require specialized tools.
 
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# Hold a fold of skin and fat between the device for at least 2 seconds. Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch a fold of skin and fat on the recommended area. Pull the fold away from the muscle so you get an accurate reading. Place the fold in the clamp on the caliper, pinching the skin and fat. Let it sit in the device for at least 2 seconds so the fold can be measured.[[Image:Check-Body-Fat-With-Calipers-Step-3.jpg|center]]
 
# Hold a fold of skin and fat between the device for at least 2 seconds. Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch a fold of skin and fat on the recommended area. Pull the fold away from the muscle so you get an accurate reading. Place the fold in the clamp on the caliper, pinching the skin and fat. Let it sit in the device for at least 2 seconds so the fold can be measured.[[Image:Check-Body-Fat-With-Calipers-Step-3.jpg|center]]
 
#*The arrow on the measurement dial should move as you pinch the fold. It will stop moving once it has finished measuring the fold.
 
#*The arrow on the measurement dial should move as you pinch the fold. It will stop moving once it has finished measuring the fold.
# Measure each area 2-3 times and average out the totals. This will ensure you get an accurate reading. Write down the average number for each of the 7 areas. You will then use this data to determine the person’s total body composition.[[Image:Check-Body-Fat-With-Calipers-Step-7.jpg|center]]
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# Measure each area 2-3 times and average out the totals. This will ensure you get an accurate reading. Write down the average number for each of the 7 areas. You will then use this data to determine the person's total body composition.[[Image:Check-Body-Fat-With-Calipers-Step-7.jpg|center]]
 
#*For example, if you have a measurement of , , and for one area, you would calculate the average as 15x14x14.5/3 = 14.5. So your measurement for one area would be .
 
#*For example, if you have a measurement of , , and for one area, you would calculate the average as 15x14x14.5/3 = 14.5. So your measurement for one area would be .
 
# Use a table or online tool to determine your body composition. There are tables online that will help you convert your measurements of each area in millimeters into the correct percentage of body fat. You can also use an online body composition tool to determine the percentage of body fat on the person based on your calculations.[[Image:Make-Time-Go-Faster-Step-7-Version-2.jpg|center]]
 
# Use a table or online tool to determine your body composition. There are tables online that will help you convert your measurements of each area in millimeters into the correct percentage of body fat. You can also use an online body composition tool to determine the percentage of body fat on the person based on your calculations.[[Image:Make-Time-Go-Faster-Step-7-Version-2.jpg|center]]


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