Calculate Body Composition for Males and Females
Rollover below for detailed instructions on how to use a body fat caliper correctly.
How do I take body fat caliper measurements?Body Fat Caliper Procedures
All measurement should be made on the right side of the body
Caliper should be placed 1 cm away from thumb and finger, perpendicular to skinfold, and halfway between crest and base of fold
Pinch should be maintained while reading the caliper
Wait 1 to 2 s (and not longer) before reading caliper
Take duplicate measures at each site and retest if duplicate measurements are not within 1 to 2 mm
Rotate through measurement sites or allow time for skin to regain normal texture and thickness
Source: American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM's Guidelines For Exercise Testing and Prescription. 6th Edition. USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2000.
Fat caliper measurement sites
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