How to correctly take your body measurements in musculation

For some time now, you have been training a lot, taking care of your diet, taking supplements and doing everything possible to get a good night’s sleep! In short, you have adopted a new lifestyle, simply because you want to gain muscle. If you’ve been working out for a long time, it’s probably time to quantify your progress and… take your measurements.

But how do you do it?

To help you, here are some tips to help you take the measurements correctly and easily:

Choosing the right time for measurements

Just like weighing, in order to have a good measurement, you have to choose the best time. Ideally it should be in the cold morning, before breakfast, when your muscles are still at rest and have not been subjected to any effort.
Most of the time, you don’t dare to start taking measurements in the morning, because it is at its lowest point. This is quite normal, as our body contains little food and water. However, this allows you to have the real value. And that is what counts, to know the true measurement of your muscles, in order to analyse your evolution.

Know the areas to be measured

First of all, you have to have the necessary equipment. For this, a tape measure of seamstress will do the trick. And if you want to get the job done quickly and easily, you can rely on automatic rewind meters.

In terms of what to measure:

  • Start with the neck (measuring the underside of the Adam’s apple).
  • The shoulders (taking the turn between your shoulders)
  • Chest (at nipple level)
  • The arms (contract the biceps and measure the largest area)
  • Waist (take measurements at the navel, without changing the shape of your belly by inflating it)
  • Thighs (on the largest part between your hip and knee)
  • Calves (on the largest area between the ankles and the knee)
  • The wrist
  • The ankle

You will need to measure only one side, usually the largest.

Knowing how to analyse measurements

You’ve taken all the measurements? It’s perfect! Now let’s learn how to analyze the results.

The analysis will be done between measurements of the neck, arms and calves. In classical (i.e. non-athletic) people, the arm circumference is smaller than the neck circumference. This is not the case in sportsmen and women. In fact, for the latter, the ratio is reversed.
If the circumference of the neck, arms and calves are almost identical, congratulations! This is the best profile, the one that all bodybuilding enthusiasts are looking for.

And to be more efficient, make sure that the thighs, chests and shoulders are large. The waist, wrist and ankle circumference should generally be fairly small.

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