During the profiling, measures are taken
for height, weight, skinfold thickness (x 9), girths (x
5) and breadths (x 2). Such measures provide a map of
fat distribution over the body, which is unavailable
from other measurement techniques.
Such information can provide detail for
training prescription based on strengths and weaknesses
within measurements. The process takes 30 minutes and
provides an estimate of body fat percentage and
somatotype (muscularity, leanness and roundness.)
Clients are asked to wear tight clothing
(e.g. cycling shorts) and are required to provide access
to skin on waist, arms, shoulder, thigh and calf. The
procedure does not cause any discomfort.
Why book body composition analysis?
Anthropometry is the measurement of body
size and proportions including skinfold thickness,
circumferences, bony widths and lengths, stature and
body weight (Heyward & Wagner, 2004).
Competitive athletes are often conscious of their body
composition because when aiming to compete at their
optimum, body composition is a variable which they can
manipulate. There are ‘ideal’ body types for different
sports with particular reference to body fat, as this
aspect often offers little contribution to overall
Video showing a subject undergoing anthropometrical