T Nation

Figuring Out BodyFat %


#1

Where/How do I find about what mine is?


#2

Post a picture holding a shoe!

Or ask at your gym. Accept no less then a 7 site skinfold test.

LR


#3

Classic.


#4

Honestly, it's shit like this that keeps me coming back to this site ... too bad OP doesn't get it


#5

Theres an article on here... Saying about how the guys back in the day did it. Extend your arm e.g. unflexed - measure it. Measure it tensed/flexed if there is 1.5inches difference your roughly 10% bodyfat. If theres not 1.5inches difference work it out accordingly.

This isn't 100% accurate but it's ok as a rough idea.


#6

That method sounds pretty useless to me. I just measured up, and there was pretty much exactly a 1.5" difference. There's no way in hell I'm anywhere near to 10% body fat (I wish :(). I'm more like double that these days.


#7

Does a boot work?


#8

well, tbh, the cowboy boot throws off the measurement by +/- 3% ... it's be a lot more accurate if it was a sneaker, preferably an Air Force 1 by nike .. but I'd say you're somewhere between 10% - 35% ... like I said, the cowboy boot throws off the measurement


#9

Nike Shox?

Those 2 kids crack me up everytime BruceLee.


#10

Hell yeah, see just compare the 2 pics, it's instantly added 10lb of muscle to you and dropped you to 6% fat...great job :slight_smile:

Seriously, if you really want to measure it get a 'good' trainer to do it and make sure when you measure it later on to compare, you use the same method (and if calipers preferably the same person measuring you too).


#11

Haha it would be great if he actually got it. Someone link that thread, I for the life of me cannot find it.


#12

Assuming you want to make progress with your body composition, buy a caliper like the SlimGuide or Accu-measure and follow the directions that come with it.

To track changes in bodyfat, you don't need to estimate bodyfat percentage with the equations/charts; just track skinfold thickness.

If you want to know your BF% more accurately (though I don't know why you would), then find a gym or lab with a BodPod.


#13

HOLY SHIT! Is that Sandow? I'd seen pics before but Jesus, he looks like a beast in that picture! Inspiring.


#14

Yeah and he got like that without NO-Xplode and whatnot...amazing isn't it?!


#15

You sir are a funny bastard, and a good sport...

Congrats...