Tips For Testing

  • Take your skinfold measurements while standing.
  • Take all skinfold measurements on the same side of the body. Preferably the right side.
  • Skinfold Measurement Diagram A
    Skinfold Measurement Diagram B
    Pinch between your forefinger and thumb. Pinch deep enough to get the fat (you are looking for a double-thick pinch of skin) but not so deep that you start pulling muscle up. Pulling muscle up is pretty much impossible so don't let it concern you all that much. With the skinfold in hand, you need to pinch hard to get the water out, hard enough that you cause minor discomfort.
  • Body Fat Caliper DiagaramPlace the body fat calipers less than 1/2 inch from your pinch, midway between the crest and the base.
  • For each of the skinfold sites, take three measurements and use the average of those three. But don't take the three measurements consecutively, instead run through all the sites three times. This will allow the skin to regroup between skinfold measurements. It will also help you develop some consistency.
Consistency is the key. If you are having a friend take your measurements, which is the ideal thing to do, have that same friend take your skinfold measurements every time. If you have different people take your measurements, expect the results to be all over the place and basically useless.

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