Body Composition Tests

Many training or exercise programs are geared solely to modify body size and composition in some way. The tests described below provide a way of measuring current levels of body composition components and for determining changes over time. There are many different ways of measuring the amount of body fat or body composition, which vary in accuracy, ease of measurement, costs and equipment requirements.

Below is a list of popular and not so popular body composition tests that are used in a variety of settings, from simple tests for use at home and in fitness gyms to professional practices and research institutions. For more about choosing the right test to use, see about body composition testing. There is also a poll asking about which methods you use for measuring body composition?

Body Composition Measurements

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