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?
Sometimes with obese clients I don’t even take their body fat. Instead after I perform other types of assessments to make sure they are ready to workout and have no other serious limitations, I slowly introduce them to physical activity. The rest will come in time and when they are ready for a BF test then I’ll perform one (I’m a calipers guy). I feel that there are so many other steps they need to take and things to do that will benefit them even more than just knowing their BF%. But, that’s just me.
Thank you everyone for your input. I agree on all counts – working towards not making clients uncomfortable, and using other methods of measurement.
In a nutshell, sounds like the suggestions lean towards using a bio-impedance device instead of calipers until a client is at a certain (lower) body composition.
Part of the question came from a trainer that works at a ‘big box’ gym, and they only use calipers. Sounds like he may need to find another way to measure folks. I have a bio-impedance device at my studio, so I am good to go.