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If you weigh yourself after relieving your bowels, your weight will be slightly more accurate as far as what YOU weigh, without as much of what you ate. Weighing yourself at the same time every day is probably best. During a typical day, most people follow a pretty well set routine. We eat at about the same time every day, drink about the same amount of ...


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Here are some things you can do (I'm just making this up on the spot, based on somebody else's breakdown of the 10 areas of fitness, but they're things I've done in the past or currently to track my progress). They are mostly very standard ways to test these things and understood by any professional you'll visit. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance Do the ...


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Max push-ups, Max plank, Max pull-ups The no-equipment requirement is forcing the measurements towards strength-endurance tasks instead of true strength. Push-ups require some strength as a prerequisite, and strength definitely affects ones ability to do more push-ups in a limited amount of time, but a maximum number of push-ups is a test of strength, ...


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BMI is best suited for analyzing populations, not individuals. A single person might carry more muscle than the average and a BMI calculation would label them as "obese". However, when calculated for thousands of people (which can be done with BMI since it's so quick/cheap/easy to measure), the fluctuations tend to average out, and BMI is accurate enough to ...


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It's a simple measurement that provides an immediate idea of whether you're overweight, underweight, or neither. It's based on the idea that people who weigh significantly more or less than the average person of their height are probably not a healthy weight. That's true in most cases, not all, and again it has only ever been meant as a general guide. We ...


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There are established ways for externally measuring virtually every muscle group in the body, most of which require little more than a flexible tape measure. Based on this page: Neck - Measure at the thinnest part, usually just under the chin, above the Adam's Apple. Chest - three measurements: Chest contracted (made as small as you can by ...


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Consistency, consistency, consistency. It probably doesn't matter what time of day you weigh yourself as long as you weigh yourself the same time every day to track progress. You may find that you weigh the least first thing in the morning after relieving yourself. But, to get an accurate trend, over time, make sure to weigh yourself the same time every ...


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This website covers all the methods for accurate body fat measurement that I know of (well, besides autopsy, but I doubt you want to do that). The most accurate ones require expensive sophisticated equipment, so they're not really practical for the average person. The methods that I'd say are the most accessible are: Calipers used to pinch the fat. ...


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That's within the normal variance. Several things can contribute to the higher number on the scale including, but not limited to: Water retention Undigested food in the stomach (fresh after a banquet) Mild allergic reaction to food For women: menstruation mild fat gain building muscle (while sleeping) feces yet to be expelled So here's the deal, just ...


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The Simple BMI is the one which doesn't take the ratio of lean to fat mass into consideration. If you are athletic or muscular it has less value than if you are not. Obese means you are carrying an unhealthy amount of weight as fat. So a true measure would have to include body fat %. The reason the Simple BMI exists is it is good as a "general" ...


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If both people are looking for the same results, than the workout plan (short/long term) will probably look about the same - given everything being equal. The difference will be in the weights used, intensity, etc. expected from each. For example, if the focus is on boxing and the goal to be more explosive - then both will probably incorporate both ...


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Physiology does in fact have a lot to do with how hard or how easy an exercise is to learn. Even more so when weightlifting is involved. While height is a factor, the real determiner is the length of your limbs in proportion to each other. Squats Squats favor people with shorter femurs. In general, shorter people have short femurs and taller people have ...


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Tracking your progress is one of the best ways to motivate change. Photos are great for showing long term changes (try some of the short term suggestions below as well). Here are the photo suggestions/guidelines: “BEFORE” AND “AFTER” PHOTOS Wear a swimsuit, underwear, or something comparable so you can see where you need the work, and where you’re making ...


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The challenge of measuring "fitness" is that is a vague concept. If you want to take specific measurements, you need specific goals. As an example of vague to specific: I want to get in shape. I want to lose weight. I want to lose 20 lbs. I want to lose 20 lbs. by my 25th high school reunion. I want to lose 20 lbs and fit into 30" waist pants by my 25th ...


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Tracking your waist measurements will give you some of the most important information about your health gains as you get back in shape. Your goal is for your waist to measure about one half of your height. Central obesity is a big factor in many health problems so your waist measurement and waist ratios are a key measurement. Tracking your body fat ...


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I'm 6.1 and 196 lbs (89kg) and according to BMI overweight too. The BMI measurement claims for my height I should be 82kg, in order to simply not be obese. This measurement doesn't factor in that muscle weighs more than fat. It's such a stupid measure of obesity but is still used in gyms, by doctors and health insurance. It shouldn't be taken as an exact ...


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The measurements are a loaded question and it has to do as much with psychology as anything else. I encourage people to weigh daily but react weekly. This is because your weight can fluctuate dramatically from day to day due to shifts in water balance and not necessarily due to gaining fat or losing muscle. Gaining muscle is an extremely slow process so when ...


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Most of us (me, friends and a few instructors) do measurements monthly. In a 4 week period, you should be able to see relevant changes to your physique if the routines, all the lifting, and diet you take are working all together to achieve your goal - just enough time for you to rectify whatever you're doing wrong...


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Yes, the workouts should be incredibly similar. What will work to build muscle in general for one person will work for another. Remember that there are many different types of exercises and routines that work better or worse for different individuals, but those routines are shared by skinny people, muscly people, and fat people alike when sharing a common ...


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BMI is about as simple as it gets to give a measure that works for a lot of people. But you're absolutely right that it doesn't work for everyone. For someone who isn't fit, I would say the BMI works pretty accurately as a signal they need to do something or face medical problems. For someone who is fit, the BMI isn't useful. But you're already fit so don't ...


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First of all, nobody takes these body charts seriously. They are intended for bodybuilders in contest shape, so they do not apply to many people. Without a visual, it's hard to say for sure, but I bet you tend to carry more weight in your lower body. I say this mostly because of the measurements for your waist and calves. That being said, I think your ...


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"A picture is worth a thousand words." Seriously!


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A Jamar hand dynamometer can be used to measure grip strength and I believe was used last year during the selection of the British bouldering team.


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There is no one ideal weight because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Each person will give you a different formula. Even within one sport, there exist many different proposed formulas for ideal body weight. For example, this article shows the many different forumulas proposed by scientists and athletes within the sport of professional bodybuilding. The ...


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If you are going to use a body composition monitor, look for one that includes the upper and lower body. If you get one combined with a scale that you step on, get one that includes the hand held sensor so that your upper body is included in the measurement. Accuracy depends. A monitor can over-estimate or under-estimate, but if you are using it to ...


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The calculators I've seen on the internet tend to use a variety of indicators BMI (height, weight) rest heart rate (not always called that), how much exercise you get and dietary factors to calculate a "body age". Personally, I don't put to much faith in this kind of calculator except in general terms. Eat healthy, get plenty exercise, don't smoke and you ...


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You can see these calculators in many places, and basically what they are is predictors based on actuarial tables (Such as the ones insurance companies use to set premiums), compared against average life expectancy. Basically, it should take into account all your lifestyle and risk factors, and apply those to you and the table, and produce an estimate of ...


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A DEXA scan is going to be the most accurate method of bodyfat analysis, but it's expensive and limited in availability. A properly done underwater weighing would be your next best alternative, but it is also limited availability and can be expensive. The two most commonly available methods are skin caliper testing, where folds of skin are measured, and the ...


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Usually measuring tape and a weighing scale is enough to take your progress measurements. Body fat percentage measurements would be more useful for someone overweight trying to slim down. If you're asking for a guide on how much body fat percentage you should maintain, here is a table of typical body fat amounts table from Wikipedia.



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