Skinfold calipers look like a claw or pincher with an attached measuring scale. While there is a slight a learning curve associated with using skinfold calipers, they do offer the easiest and most accurate way to calculate an individual’s body fat levels. Most assessments will include a pinch test at 3, 5 or 7 different body parts, after which each measurement is plugged into a corresponding equation to calculate body fat percentage.
Known for it’s accuracy, the Lange Skinfold Caliper is the de facto industry standard and is widely used in schools, fitness centers and medical facilities. Its high quality comes with a price premium, but when you’re a health and fitness professional, accuracy means everything. You want to be sure you are providing your clients with the best possible skinfold readings to measure their ongoing progress. The Lange Skinfold Caliper is made of durable metal, is spring loaded to ensure accurate readings by applying constant pressure and comes with a padded hard case, calibration block and instruction booklet.