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Old 01-18-2007, 06:52 AM   #1
Ron Fielder
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I had my Body Fat measured yesterday. 9% right now. I know that percentage is good and I credit eating paleo and going with the crossfit WODs as my primary exercise routine.

I am 33 yrs old. I weigh 178-180lbs depending on the day and I am 5'11".

I was measured using the caliper method.
I was wondering how reliable this measure is and which way it is usually off. Would I be higher or lower than what I was told?

Plus any feedback about my age, weight, height ratio would be appreciated.

Thanks for your info.

Please move if in the wrong forum.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:59 AM   #2
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Bodyfat measures are based on autopsies of 70-year old homeless males whose bodyfat was boiled off and then weighed. That's the only true "gold standard" of bodyfat measurement and those are the only people who will volunteer to have it done. Unless you are a homeless 70-year old male who is also dead, any bodyfat measurement is going to be inaccurate. The only thing they are good for is observing change in the readings over time.

Pick one method and stick with it. Watch for changes.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:56 AM   #3
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If 10 different individuals took your bf with calipers, you would have 10 different readings.

If you use the caliper method, have the same person perform the measurements each time. The result is just a number you use to gauge progress.
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:41 AM   #4
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+1 on the "having the same person do the measuring" advice.

I also have a set of bodyfat measuring scales. I don't know if they're accurate or not, but they are consistent as long as I always take reading at the same time of day. I think it has to do with hydration.

FWIW, calipers gave a higher % number than my scales the last two times, about 2.5%.

Incidentally, I've gotten fatter since starting CF. I recover faster if I eat more, and recovery is always on my mind, LOL. I need to start counting calories again because I'm obviously overshooting the mark. I just ordered a Paleo for Athletes book, so maybe that'll help.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:09 AM   #5
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"Plus any feedback about my age, weight, height ratio would be appreciated"

You're asking for it...:angel_no:

I think it's impossible to answer without specifying your goals. If you say you want to be a rugby, hockey or football (American) player, I would say you're quite light for your height. If you tell me, you're into soccer or non-contact sports, sounds like you're well enough muscled and lean/mean. You get people of all ranges on this site and a lot of the lighter people seem to post just amazing performance figures.
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