I just got a good question from Scott Price. He’s an awesome climber that we’re going to the Canadian Rocky Mountains with in August. The picture in this post is from just after we climbed the Castleton Tower in Moab, Utah. Price is in the red jacket.
Price was wondering about the best home scale to buy. We posted in detail earlier about how it’s a good idea to begin the One Month Challenge by taking measurements. So what’s the best scale to use? I personally recommend a Tanita scale that measures body fat percentage. The one Antonie and I own is currently on sale at Amazon for 45% off. Here’s a similar model that’s 10 bucks less.
The Tanita is nice because it gives you an accurate weight measurement, and also gives you a decent ballpark for your body fat percentage. Plus it gets you thinking about body fat percentage, which is the more important number. Ideally, you’ll get super accurate body composition measurements once or twice a year (body fat, muscle, bone density).
As for a tape measure, pick up anything that you can easily wrap around your waist. I got this MyoTape measure for $4 off amazon. The MyoTape is great because it has a locking feature that holds the tape in place, and a push-button that pulls the tape tight. This way you can quickly and easily measure yourself without needing anyone else to help hold the tape. Not bad for four bucks!
More on how to use the scale & tape here.