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Old 02-10-2006, 08:02 AM   #1
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I did not read through all of the postings under the other thread, “Body Fat Check” but I noticed that are various methods to taking it. Having said that, I had my body fat taken at my gym last night. I was surprised to have only 5.7% body fat. The physical therapist had to take it twice to make sure for himself because of my size. He used a caliper; don't know the actual technical name, to measure my fat count. Taking it at the side oblique area, side lat area, and the back arm tricep area, then averaged it all out. I 'm sure I am explaining this to those who already know anyway, but that's where they measured. For being a 6.5ft, 250lbs, 45 year old with a 39inch waist that’s not too bad at all. The last time I can remember having it checked, I was at 15% and a lot heavier. I just wanted to share my self given pat on the back with the rest of you. CF has really helped me to improve in ways that I never thought possible.

My stomach area was the highest of the three
counts at 3% before the average was done.

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Old 02-10-2006, 09:29 AM   #2
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5.7%? Wow, that is an incredibley low bf percentage. Testing via calipers isn't exactly the most accurate method, especially when they only measure three parts of your body, so I imagine it's a bit off. Try getting it checked again, and if they use calipers have them measure more places. I recall hearing that seven body parts is a good number.

I've also heard that by measuring your weight on land and then underwater, you can calculate fairly accurately how much lean body mass you have.
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:30 AM   #3
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Oh, and congrats either way!
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:44 AM   #4
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Thanks Austin. I am planning on having it checked again, just to be sure. And thanks for the tip on checking other body areas also. I'll make sure I bring it up next time.
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Old 02-10-2006, 05:33 PM   #5
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If you have it checked by the same person, in the same conditions, and if the calipers are put at the exact same sites and left in place for the same amount of time, the result may be pretty much the same.
If it is done by an other person, at different sites, expect a different result.
There are many different protocols to estimate body fat, with different numbers of sites and various calculations. Most of them are not accurate but they can be consistant if done properly.
I have been taking this kind of measurements for 5 years and used pretty much all the measurement systems available, but I still haven't found a very good one.
All I do now is add the measurements but I don't try to estimate body fat levels from it. It shows if there is an increase or a decrease, which is what really matters.
What I am suggesting we could do is find a protocol for Crossfit, one we all agree on (if possible), so we all use the same sites and the same calculation method, and send photos.
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Old 02-10-2006, 08:08 PM   #6
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I am trying to get an appointment for a Hydrostatic weighing session as well as one with the Bod Pod... I'll let you guys know how it goes. It's nice to have a SOLID # to gauge the progress...
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Not a bad idea Paul. Setting standards would make things more uniformed. The only problem is, there are way too many of us with different opinions. I do not know if one method could satisfy everbody. That's just an obervation that I made based on my own experience in dealing with human nature.
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Oh by the way, cool avatar Paul. Reminds me of my martial arts background.

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Good luck Frank.
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Old 02-11-2006, 09:39 AM   #10
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5.7% is indeed an enviable score for BF. I'd also suggest the electronic tests where they measure conductivity & resistability. They are cheap and easy to repeat (but still not the most accurate tests in the world).

As for your belly and crunches, it is impossible to "spot remove" fat by exercises. Crunches will do nothing to remove belly fat - despite what all those infomercials will tell you at 3am ;)
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