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For New Yorkers: Where to get a body fat caluclation? Also, is there a pear shape bias?

Answered on November 17, 2017
Created April 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

For anyone in NYC (bonus to Brooklynites!), where can I go to get a body fat measurement with a Bod Pod or dunk test, or one of the more accurate devices? I found that Brooklyn College has a Bod Pod: http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/physed/extest/BC%20Fitness%20Testing.htm. But it's a wopping $75!! Anyone been tested there? Anyone have cheaper places? Thanks!

Also, I am very pear shaped. I carry almost no fat anywhere except my hips and i have very wide hips in my bone structure (e.g., my widest hip point isn't very padded by skin/fat, it's just where the bone hits.). So my waste to hip ratio is really great, but when i do the 'navy' test for body fat, it comes out higher than i would expect (27%). I was wondering if can rely on the navy test? does it account for extreme pear shapes like me? When I play with the numbers, it seems that it would be physically impossible for me to achieve less than 26% body fat (unless I shrink my bones!!).

Any other women experiencing this frustration?

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:42 PM

i will! might take a few weeks tho.

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:31 AM

I've been crossfitting twice a week too and am 5'9" and 123, and 23% according to my not very accurate bf scale. Do update this thread if you get a Body Pod number, I am curious.

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Hi Roth, from what I've been reading here and from other paleo sources, i don't agree that ketosis through low carb is the only reliable method of losing body fat. I'm certain I could get to less than 26% (and might already be there!) it's just that with the navy test, I can't seem to enter numbers to get me there that don't involve me somehow getting a different-shaped skeleton. so i was wondering if the navy test was biased against pear shapes.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Thanks Sigrid. Yes, I'm looking for an accurate test. So I guess I'll just spend the money. I have been paleo over a year, I have been crossfitting twice a week (plus other workouts 1-2 times a week) since january and before that it was bikram yoga 3-4 times a week. I don't count calories, but i eat until satiety. I'm 5'8" and 135 lbs. 27% just doesn't seem right, maybe the navy test is giving me wrong numbers since it's for "average build" as you say. I will be curious to see what the Bod Pod says.

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:57 AM

Thanks sigrid. I guess i'll just drop the money. I just don't think 27%, so maybe the navy test is giving me wrong numbers since it's for "average build" as you say. I have been paleo over a year, I have been crossfitting twice a week (plus other workouts 1-2 times a week) since january and before that it was bikram yoga 3-4 times a week. I don't count calories, but i eat until satiety. I'm 5'8" and 135 lbs. 27% just doesn't seem right, i'll be interested to find out.

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21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

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on April 30, 2012
at 01:29 AM

I'm assuming you want the Bod Pod/dunk test because of its superior accuracy vs bodyfat scales and pincer type devices. Brooklyn College/$75 sounds like by far the best deal around (I live in Brooklyn too); other places in Manhattan are even more expensive and sometimes require a referral from a doctor. I think the equipment is quite expensive and it's a fairly elaborate test, so I can't see it going for cheaper. I haven't tried this myself.

The 'navy test' is based on the assumption of average build, so I think you're better off using another kind of measurement. Bodyfat scales are notoriously inaccurate, but consistently so. If you spend $40 on a half-decent one and measure yourself same time of the day (not first thing in the morning) you might not get a super accurate reading but you'll get a rough idea if you're losing fat over time.

You would definitely be able to lose body fat by eating a bit less, and build muscle by exercising, if in fact your body fat is as high as you estimate - it might not be.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Thanks Sigrid. Yes, I'm looking for an accurate test. So I guess I'll just spend the money. I have been paleo over a year, I have been crossfitting twice a week (plus other workouts 1-2 times a week) since january and before that it was bikram yoga 3-4 times a week. I don't count calories, but i eat until satiety. I'm 5'8" and 135 lbs. 27% just doesn't seem right, maybe the navy test is giving me wrong numbers since it's for "average build" as you say. I will be curious to see what the Bod Pod says.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:57 AM

Thanks sigrid. I guess i'll just drop the money. I just don't think 27%, so maybe the navy test is giving me wrong numbers since it's for "average build" as you say. I have been paleo over a year, I have been crossfitting twice a week (plus other workouts 1-2 times a week) since january and before that it was bikram yoga 3-4 times a week. I don't count calories, but i eat until satiety. I'm 5'8" and 135 lbs. 27% just doesn't seem right, i'll be interested to find out.

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on April 30, 2012
at 11:31 AM

I've been crossfitting twice a week too and am 5'9" and 123, and 23% according to my not very accurate bf scale. Do update this thread if you get a Body Pod number, I am curious.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:42 PM

i will! might take a few weeks tho.

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on November 17, 2017
at 03:49 PM

I recently did a BOD POD assessment, a Metabolic test and a VO2 MAX test with Fitnescity here in NYC. 

They have their own tests and they also partner with different labs in NYC. The tests are ususally sold as a bundle. Sometimes they have promos for one-time assessments. 

You can email them or go to fitnescity(dot)com/order-your-assessments

Another thing that would be good is body shape analysis with 3D scanning.

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on November 17, 2017
at 03:41 PM

I recently did a BOD POD assessment, a Metabolic test and a VO2 MAX test with Fitnescity here in NYC. 

They have their own tests and they also partner with different labs in NYC. The tests are ususally sold as a bundle. Sometimes they have promos for one-time assessments. 

You can email them or go to fitnescity(dot)com/order-your-assessments

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on November 17, 2017
at 03:26 PM

I recently did a BOD POD assessment, a Metabolic test and a VO2 MAX test with Fitnescity here in NYC. 

They have their own tests and they also partner with different labs in NYC. The tests are ususally sold as a bundle. Sometimes they have promos for one-time assessments. 

You can email them or go to fitnescity(dot)com/order-your-assessments

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on August 24, 2013
at 02:15 PM

this place was shut down :-/

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on April 30, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Your doctor should be able to test for body fat. Also many gyms also have both the electronic and pincer type devices to test body fat.

The only reliable method of losing body fat is ketosis through low-carb. I highly doubt you're unable to get below 26% body fat. Although it seems to me that you just happen to carry weight in your hip area (not a bad thing btw) there are foods which can contribute to weight in different areas of the body due to varying insulinogenic and glycemic effects.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Hi Roth, from what I've been reading here and from other paleo sources, i don't agree that ketosis through low carb is the only reliable method of losing body fat. I'm certain I could get to less than 26% (and might already be there!) it's just that with the navy test, I can't seem to enter numbers to get me there that don't involve me somehow getting a different-shaped skeleton. so i was wondering if the navy test was biased against pear shapes.

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