Should I use a BMI scale for a fitness challenge?

Asked 4 years ago

I want to do some sort of fitness or weight loss challenge with my members. I would like to allow my participants to use a scale that measures both body weight and body fat. Is a BMI scale an effective way to measure weight loss? Are there any other ways to accurately track weight loss?

Kristian Salas

Monday, August 24, 2020

I suggest measurements around the waist, arms and legs if you want to track and measure anything aesthetic, like weight loss or fat loss; but I always prefer to have participants list an exercise that they want to get better at. We then regularly test that exercise to track progression.

Johan Lane

Saturday, August 29, 2020

BMI is very outdated and can be mismeasured simply by it being that time of the month for women or by having increased fluid retention.

Avik Das

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Nowadays, BMI isn't a convenient way to track your fitness progress because it doesn't show the accurate fate percentage. For the competition, you can buy a body fat scale that shows the fat percentage in your body. You can weigh on it every week to see your progress, which would not only show the weight loss but also the fat loss in your body.

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