Sunday, December 02, 2007

Problems with Fat Caliper Testing

Some problems with the caliper approach include:

1. Different devices vary in quality and accuracy;
2. Skin conditions such as sweat and dryness affect measurements;
3. Different body types can affect readings.
For example: Sally may have lots of fat in her triceps but the fitness professional does not choose this as one of the areas on which to use a caliper;
2. Testing can be embarrassing; and 3. Some fitness professionals cannot conduct this properly.

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