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How does skin fold analysis work?

One method of measuring body composition involves using skin fold calipers to measure the subcutaneous (below the skin) fat.  The fitness professional will pinch and measure folds of skin on different areas of the body in order to calculate an estimate of total body fat percentage.  The trainer must be proficient at separating muscle from fat in order to obtain accurate readings.

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