Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to take full body measurements

Once a month, at my training sessions, Bert my trainer will measure me. The last time he did, I made sure I asked him how and why he was placing the tape where he was placing it. These body spots are the most accurate for assessing lose and for ensuring you are measuring in the same spot each time. Measuring in the same place every time, has always been the hardest part for me.

Here are the measurements you will want to take.Neck, Bicep, Fore Arm, Wrist, Chest, Waist, Hips, Thigh, Saddle, Calf, Weight.

I find that its easiest and most accurate to have someone else take your measurements. Its really hard to find the right spots, and hold the tape all by yourself. I have my husband help me when I am at home, a friend help me when I am at work, or my trainer help me at the gym. (Yeah.. yeah.. I do take my measurements at work.. don't judge me! )  

Here are pictures and instructions for each body measurement, except the neck. Its really easy to measure your neck because you naturally measure the smallest part, and you cannot really suck in your next to get smaller measurements. :)

Hold the arm down strait down to your sides, with your palms facing the wall behind you.. There will be a natural curve on the outside of your upper arm. You want to take the measurement right at the middle of this curve, or at the largest part of the curve. I drew an arrow to show you where this is at on me.
 Fore Arm
To measure your fore arm you are going to put your arm at a 90 degree angle with your palm up. On the inside of your arm, there is a slight bump. That is what you are looking for. You want to measure right over that bump. Once again, I drew an arrow so you can see where its at on me.
To measure your wrist, place your palm down. You will see a bone sticking out on the left side of the picture, you want the tape to go right below that bone and strait around the wrist.

To measure your chest, I find its easier to have some one behind you You place the tape around the biggest part of your chest, while they make sure its going straight around you. They take the measurement from the backside.  I also make sure I note which bra I am wearing that day. Some bra's can add a few inches to your chest... if you know what I mean.

The waist is going to change for each person. You want to measure where you are the smallest. I drew an arrow where I am the smallest. One of my friends is smallest down lower by her hips, and another friend is smaller right below her chest. Make sure you are not sucking in at all. It's horrible.. but you want this to be accurate.

For your hips, you are going to stand with your feet together and you are going to look for your natural curve again. You want to measure right in the middle of that curve, or the largest part.. I have the tape on my hips to show you where.

The Thigh. My favorite part on a chicken, the least favorite part on my body. Once again, you are going to look for your natural curve, on the inside of your leg. Your Thighs get smaller right where they attach to your butt. You want to measure the largest part of this curve. And then try not to cry yourself to sleep after. :)


To measure your saddle, you want to get that tape right under your booty and pull it around to the front of you. Its kinda hard to explain, so I pulled the tape around me to show you. Once you get the tape nestled up under your bum.. Its going to naturally pull around to the front of you in the correct place.

By now you probably know what I am going to say. Look for your curve.. measure the largest spot. And your right. That's exactly what you are going to do. The curve you are looking for is on the outside of your leg.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Or if you need another explanation of how to measure. I can always take more pictures, or maybe do a video to make sure you know exactly what you are doing.  I want to make sure you know exactly what you are doing. Knowledge is power!! 

I hope you all are having a great weekend! 

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  1. Thanks for all the pictures they help. I didn't even think of measuring the saddle.

  2. I hate measuring! I quickly learned my arms never change, and neither do my legs.

    My hips and lot.

    I always hoped I was measuring the right places, now I know. I was sorta right, and sorta wrong.

  3. So I am measuring tomorrow for the Jillian challenge! This will definitly help... Thanks girl!

  4. Thank you! I've been trying for ever to find the right way to measure.

  5. I'm trying to use this to measure, but there aren't any pictures showing up?

  6. I'm trying to use this to measure, but there aren't any pictures showing up?