Mark S. as part of an athlete...

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As part of an athlete study that one of my runners asked to do on me, she asked for my body fat percentage. I hadn't taken it in a long time, so I thought it would be good to find out. I pulled out my bathroom scale with the body fat % calculator, and it told me 9%. While I instantly became best friends with that scale, I know it's a freaking liar. I'm in good shape, but not that good. I'm anything but a reflection of the statue of David. If I had to guess, I'd say I'm at 17%. That may be a bit of a high estimate because I know I'm still carrying more muscle than normal. Either way, it's not bad but not where I need to be and nowhere near 9%.

  • Kelly K.

    Hahaha, what a nice scale! This is a pretty accurate calculator:
    http://www.active.com/fitness/calculators/bodyfat/#
    Our scale has a setting (that I don't use) that gives a different % for "elite athletes" because it says an athlete's bone density throws numbers off. Perhaps that is why your scale is confused by you? It qualifies (hahaha) "elite athlete" as someone who exercises 3x per week for 2 hours at a time. Silly qualification but it might explain the difference.

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Melissa R J.
    Melissa R J.

    Can I buy your scale??? I'll pay good money for someone to lie to me about my weight & body fat!! :))

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  • Mark S.
    Mark S.

    I'll have to check that one out. I need to dig out the tape measure too. Can't say I've ever measured my wrist circumference. I wasn't expecting this scale to be very accurate, but I thought it would be more so than this. It does have an athlete setting which I used, but it's still off. When I had my Dexa scan 2 years ago after following the same training program, my bone density was crazy high, like you couldn't break my legs with a bat (please don't try) high. I know I'm in the same zone again.

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Mark S.
    Mark S.

    Unfortunately it doesn't lie about weight. It was exactly where I thought I would be 9 days post-marathon.

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Linda H.
    Linda H.

    I also want that scale. Maybe you could auction yours off to the highest bidder.

    over 1 year ago Like1 person

  • Katie S.
    Katie S.

    I would love to have the Dexa scan. How do I get this? I was osteopenic YEARS ago, but with my increase in miles, I wonder if I my bone density has improved? I would rather focus on bone density than body fat... :)

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Mark S.
    Mark S.

    I got my Dexa scan as part of a study at UPMC Montefiore. They needed to study athletes as a control. I believe UPMC SportsWorks can do it for you or at least refer you. I know they do other athlete testing like VO2 max testing.

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