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Anyone Have Their Own Calipers?


I'm looking to spend up to about 25 bucks on a pair of calipers. Anyone here use their own? The trainers at my gym are always busy and never have time to help me


I have considered getting my own pair regardless. Depending on what your goals are I think investing in a pair is a good idea.


I had them for a few years, never use them....


i bought a cheap unit a few months back and have yet to use them. it was impulse. what is the point really? maybe if I was dieting down to contest levels? but even then you might want a more reliable measurement.


My darling mother bought mine, so I don't know how much they are. They're digital though.

I use them every week, I know they're not 100% accurate, but as long as it's a downward trend (for my goals anyway) then that's all that matters to me.


I have a cheap set of calipers and use them occasionally to monitor progress. I usually like to use pictures, but sometimes it's tough to compare them if the lighting, angle, etc. is different. I usually measure myself and because that probably isn't the most accurate method I don't bother plugging the numbers into a percentage formula. Monitoring upward or downward trends in the measurements at each site should be all that you need.




Accumeasure calipers: $20
Cheap and easy to use. They click to let you know when the measurement is taken. This makes it a little easier to take measurements yourself.


I don't use them often, but like them when dieting. One of several tools used to make decisions.


You can find some on eBay for $3.50 shipped. If you're even mildly curious about them and whether or not you'd use one on a regular basis, it's not that big of an investment. Just $3.50. Spend the money.