Got up this morning and after clearing my ‘system’ (i.e bladder and bowels, without any food or water in my system, proceeded to take my body measurements.
1. Accu-measure Body Fat Calipers
I use these for skinfold measurements (i.e pinch the lard around your body and use the thickness for measuring body fat) Available for about SGD12 from Amazon.
I use these for measuring the circumference of my various appendages (arms, legs, neck). Bundled together with the Accu-measure calipers.
I used 2 methods
i) measurement of suprailliac (1 inch above hip bone) as prescribed by the instructions that came with the calipers
ii) 3 skinfold sites and Siri’s formula
4. Online body composition calculator
There are complex formulae and equations such as the Jackson-Pollock and Siri formulae. Rather than crunching thru:
1.1093800 – (0.0008267 * SUM3) + (0.0000016 * SUM3²) –
(0.0002574 * Age)
[(4.95/Bone Density) – 4.5] 100
Just use a damn online calculator that does it for you. Click here for the link.
So, after pinching myself throughout your body wearing nothing but underwear on a Saturday morning, what have i found out and was it worth it?
Here are the numbers:
‘Before’ measurements (as of February 5, 11am)
Body fat percentage
i) Suprailiac – 14.6%
ii) 3 skinfold site- 14.3%
Lean body Mass
(total weight at 180lbs)
–> 154.19 lbs
‘Girth and thickness’