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Skinfold Caliper Testing
Cost-effective way to undergo regular testing.
Quick and convenient.
The entire test is performed by a dedicated Sport Scientist.
At 9 points across your body, your skin is lightly pinched, creating a double layer.
The caliper then measures the bodyfat between the 2 layers of skin.
These measurements can be used to determine an overall body fat %.
Future testing will identify changes in body fat across these 9 areas as well as your overall %.
Your results are then discussed 1-on-1 with your dedicated Sport Scientist.
From start to finish, your appointment will last 20 minutes.
How does it differ to other tests?
All of our tests are highly accurate, however the following guidance should help you in deciding which test to book:
Price – Skinfold measurement (i.e. caliper testing) is our low-cost option for a bodyfat and muscles mass test. This is performed by a trained individual.
Consistency – BodPod and Hydrostatic weighing have fewer human elements in the testing which makes these tests more consistent than skinfold measurements.
Insight and detail – DEXA scans give you the most precise bodyfat and muscle mass readings of any test. In addition to a total reading, DEXA scans provide bodyfat and muscle mass measurements for specific parts of your body.
What do I need to prepare for a test?
Body composition testing should ideally be performed whilst you are in a fasted state. We recommend not eating in the 4 hours prior to testing.
A small amount of water can be consumed, but this should also be limited.
In all cases, the conditions under which you arrive for testing should be closely replicated for all follow-up testing to ensure maximum consistency when comparing tests results.
Why should I get tested?
All Body Composition Tests
You've gained weight following a program of strict resistance training and calorie intake. How much of this weight gain is muscle and how much is fat?
You've lost weight through strict dieting and exercise, but how much of this weight loss is actually fat? How much muscle did you lose?
You've lost weight and body fat, but are certain areas of your body improving more than others? How much abdominal fat have you lost? Do certain areas of your body hold more fat than others?
What do I need to wear?
For all types of Body Composition Testing, men should undergo testing in their underwear, swim shorts or trunks.
For women, this varies by test. For BodPod and Hydrostatic Weighing, a bikini, swimming costume, or sports bra with short bottoms should be worn. For DEXA Scanning, a full costume and standard wired bras cannot be worn. Instead, a bikini or sports bra should be worn. Loose-fitting sports clothing such as cotton shorts and a t-shirt can be worn over these as long as there are no metal attachments or zips. A gown can be worn over underwear if preferred.
Both men and women will be asked to change into the appropriate clothing behind a curtained area for privacy.
Our venues have both male and female operators, in most cases both. If you have a preference, please let us know in advance and we will attempt to arrange this.
You will be asked to remove all jewellery. If you cannot remove certain pieces, don’t worry, this is fine, it will not affect your scan and it is not dangerous to you in any way. Having any metal implants or a pacemaker does not affect the testing and does not present any risk.
How often should I get tested?
This will vary be individual. However, to obtain the most valuable insights and value, tests should be undertaken at the following times:
1. For those undertaking a focused training program e.g. an 8 or 12-week high intensity training programme, testing should be performed before and after this program*.
2. For professionals and semi-professionals in specific seasonal sports e.g. Rugby, Football, Hockey, Bodybuilding. Testing should be undertaken pre-season, mid-season and post-season and we also recommend off-season. For athletes in less seasonally focused sports e.g. cycling, triathlon or combat sports, testing should be undertaken at regular intervals.
*A minimum of 8 weeks must be left between every DEXA Scan. Other tests can be performed as regular as necessary.
Is there a risk from testing?
All of our body composition tests (BodPod, DEXA, Hydrostatic weighing and Skinfold tests) are safe, quick and non-invasive procedures. The X-ray energy used in DEXA Scans is extremely low and the dose of radiation from a scan is equivalent to less than a day's normal background radiation.
VO2 Max – The VO2 Max test takes place on a treadmill or a bike and therefore the usual risks associated with any high intensity exercise on these machines apply.
Lactate threshold – The Lactate threshold test takes place on a treadmill or a bike, with the added process of small pin-prick blood samples which are taken during the test. These tiny samples are taken from either your ear lobe or the tip of your finger. The same point is then used for each additional blood sample where only a small squeeze is necessary after the first sample.