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Old 09-10-2005, 10:38 AM
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Hey guys,

I am trying to get a decent judge of my bf % at home to track my progress but the calipers I bought from BN are a piece of crap (the Accu-Measures). Any of you that use calipers have any brand or model recommendations that give relatively accurate readings?
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Old 09-10-2005, 12:01 PM
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Hey Sleazy,
Bodybuilding.com has the "Fat Track II Digital Body Fat Caliper".

I can't say whether it's 100% accurate, but it's accurate OVER TIME (consistent). It gives a little beep when the correct pressure is applied so that you'll get a consistent measurement every time, which is all you really need to track changes in your body fat.

I think it goes for around $29.99. Comes with a free "Myotape" which is a nice device to measure your bodyparts ($5 value).

www.bodybuilding.com/store/acc/fattrack.html

There is another one on the market which is more expensive, I think it has "gold" in the name. That one, I think, is made by the same company that makes the Accu-Measure.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-10-2005, 12:08 PM
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Tony Little has a fancy body fat scale out. All you have to do is order a Gazelle and you can get it for free.

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Old 09-10-2005, 01:01 PM
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Ya, I have tried that digital one, its a huge pain as well and the numbers jump all over the place. I have used calipers alot in the past and could never get numbers close to each other with that fat track thing.

I think my best bet is just going and getting tested or getting a professional one. Thanks for the input though.
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Old 09-10-2005, 01:34 PM
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Really? I've never had a problem with the numbers jumping around too much. Don't know what to tell you. I tend to be pretty skinny, anyway, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Guess there's no easy way.
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Old 09-10-2005, 03:02 PM
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ive never really been a fan of the digital ones, i have a scale at my house that doubles up at a bf% estimator and most of the time it gives me these outrageous readings that i dont even think are possible like 49% bf (which actually has happened to me before)
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lol 49% you no its a piece of crap when it reads that.
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Old 09-10-2005, 04:36 PM
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lmao yea i just use the good old regular scales now...no more digital for me
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Old 09-10-2005, 06:43 PM
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I was actually talking about a digital caliper, not a digital body fat scale. Sleazy was saying the calipers didn't work for him either.
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Old 09-10-2005, 08:27 PM
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yea i know but i figured i would bring those up as well since IMO they are extremely inaccurate.....or at least mine is
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