The most important aspect of taking measurements is consistency. Use the same scale, tools and method as close to the same time of day as possible.


(Most people find it easiest to measure in the morning after going to the restroom.)

BODY FAT PERCENTAGE

Body Fat Percentage can be calculated using a variety of methods.

Edge Calculation

If waist, neck and hip (women only) measurements have been added, Edge can calculate for you

Bioimpedance Devices

This includes scales and hand-held devices

Calipers

The Durnin formula which utilizes skinfold measurements at for sites is recommended. See http://www.nasm.org/calipermeasurements for additional instruction.

  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Subscapular
  • Iliac crest

CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENTS

The following guidelines should be used to properly measure the circumference of the body parts.

Neck

Men - Measure at the Adam's apple

Women - Measure approximately at mid-neck

Chest

Measure the chest one inch below the armpits

Waist

Measure at the wing of the pelvis (iliac crest)

Hips

With feet together measure at the widest portion of the buttocks (Greater trochanter)

Biceps

Measure at the widest circumference with arms straight at the sides of the body

Forearm

Measure at the widest circumference with the arm elevated and the palm facing upward

Thigh

Measure 10 in. above the kneecap

Calves

Measure at the widest circumference