I have a couple of obese clientele that I have used calipers on for body composition, and I am finding that the results are inaccurate. I am unable to pull skin/fat tissue away from the target areas in order to measure. The subcutaneous fat is too hard, and its difficult to get an accurate reading. Any suggestions on how to measure body composition using calipers on a client that is obese?
I would go with one of the hand-held bio-electrical impedance units – Omron makes a pretty decent one & they’re pretty affordable, not to mention non-invasive. Just be sure to conduct the tests under normal hydration conditions – before exercise, before consuming a lot of fluids, etc. It’s not a perfect method but none of them are.