How to calculate body fat using calipers?

One of the trainers in my local gym did my measurements with a fat caliper. He unfortunately has not had time to calculate the fat percentage.

I have the numbers and figured might as well do it myself but I not sure what formula to use. I can't match up all the body parts since he uses some different names.

He used the caliper in 6 areas:

• bicep
• tricep
• scapula
• Illioc
• calf
• Lower Back

What formula can I use that I can plugin my numbers to calculate my body fat percentage?

• There are a number of online calculator you could use: - Linear software has 6 different body fat calculators - free online body fat calculator You can read this nerd fitness article for background information regarding body fat percentage, what it means, looks like and how to measure it. Jul 6, 2013 at 20:27
• That first link is money from an Exercise Scientist's point of view. If you have the data for the 7-fold Jackson/Pollock, that would be best. You have enough data for the Durmin/Womersley test though (I don't know a lot about this one). Jul 8, 2013 at 17:11

You can put those numbers into a site like: http://www.linear-software.com/online.html

And you should get a good BF% number back.

Not sure what Illioc is though?

• It probably refers to the Illium, which is part of the hip bone (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_bone) Oct 1, 2013 at 16:35
• Indeed, looks like they mean the Iliac crest, which the website refers to as the Suprailiac Oct 1, 2013 at 16:39

There are numerous free app's around that will estimate and track body fat from a set of Skinfold measurements (an give you the formula), but if you want do do it the hard way there are hundreds of academic papers in existence that propose and/or test a multiplicity of different regression equations, for different populations eg. Validation of anthropometric equations for the estimation of body density in professional soccer players

``````Durnin and Rahman, 1967 (age: 18-34 R=0.83 ESE=0.0069):