Body composition assessments involve measuring your height, weight, body fat levels (using skinfold calipers), bone breadths, waist and girth circumferences on several body sites.
These measurements are repeated at set intervals to assess not just weight change but changes in body fat levels and muscle mass as a result of diet and training modification or rehab progress.
The assessment may take up to 30 minutes, and can be completed on its own or added on to a dietitian appointment.
What Should I Wear To A Skinfold Test?
Appropriate clothing does need to be worn in order for the assessment to be completed. We need to be able to access your skin for the test to be accurate, so wearing loose shorts, or some to change into is best. For females, it's best to wear a sports bra.
Skinfold measurements are a widely recognized method for determining body composition.
The technique involves using a caliper to measure the thickness of skinfolds at 8 specific anatomical sites on the body (Triceps, subscapular, bicep, iliac crest, supraspinale, abdominal, thigh and calf).
The thickness of these skinfolds is a measure of the fat under the skin, also called subcutaneous adipose tissue.
By assessing the distribution of the subcutaneous fat, we can calculate your body fat percentage and provide a comprehensive analysis of your body composition.
Please note: Skinfold assessments are typically performed on elite or high level recreational athletes who have specific targets to meet and is not necessarily suitable for everyone.