Originally Posted by ThomasGoldkamp
I used an online calculator based on hip size, waist size, navel size, neck size, height and weight and got 15.15%. So you guys were right on the eight percent. Also makes me think the PT that did measurement a few years ago was wrong. Although they did the "pinch" test, using the pinch thing on the thigh, chest and stomach. I don't know if that affects the measurement or how it would change it.
Don't feel bad. As a rule of thumb, I tell people to DOUBLE their bodyfat estimate. I'm skeptical of anything other than sophisticated equipment and that can be expensive. If you really are around 15% that is certainly leaner than average for a man.
For perspective, you might check out the picture of my son on my blog. Most people look at his picture, see his abs and guess single digits bodyfat. His bodyfat percentage was measure at 14% using sophisticated equipment:
Tell you the truth, as a trainer, I never work off bodyfat estimates. For most people, how you look, how you feel, how your clothes fit are the telling indicators.