Originally Posted by NaptownChief
Back when I was in college and into body building I would go to the university's fitness lab where they had a tank to get an exact measure of body fat. The calipers are a much better measuring tool than the BMI but even with those you can get a bad number on a person that carries an non-proportionate amount of fat in certain areas where they use the calipers. When I carry extra fat it is usually around the waistline where they use the calipers. I remember one time where the calipers was giving me an 11% body fat reading when using the dunk tank to get an exact reading I was at 7.4%. That is a pretty big margin of error. The calipers were showing me carrying 48% more fat than reality.
Whenever I have had a caliper test done, it was taken at a few points on my body. Waistline, front of thigh, between shoulder blades, back of the arm
I presume they did so to counter the issue you just spoke of?
Anyhow - yeah, these tests are much better than simple BMI calculation. But most tests are only as good as the person administering it