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Skinfold calipers/body fat percentage.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 by  
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I’m right on the edge of 9% body fat right now. I’m going to wait until I get to 188 pounds to call it 9% (I’m 188.8 pounds this morning). I should probably mention that body fat measuring with skinfold calipers and measurements is far from an exact science. I guarantee you I could put 10 body fat measuring “experts” in a room and many of them would arrive at different conclusions after measuring the same person using the same equipment. I used to put far too much thought into things like obtaining a “perfect” and 100% consistent body fat measurement. Pure folly. I didn’t touch my calipers this morning. I looked in the mirror and thought, “good job, you are right around 9% body fat”. I’m not saying calipers are useless, but I am saying that you should keep in mind that they are nothing more than an imperfect tool. The mirror/camera is the ultimate judge, not a number.

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