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myotape tape measure

Now this is cool! The MyoTape Body Tape Measure is a specialty tape measure that’s made for taking girth measurements consistently and accurately, in the comfort of your own home.

The one-handed operation means you can take the measurements on your own! No longer will you suffer the embarrassment of having your bodybuilder friend measure your 11″ biceps and laugh in your face! (There’s no way you measured your own bicep accurately with a regular cloth tape measure.)

How much do you have to pay for this ingenious device? It’s only $6 (sometimes less) if you’re ordering from Amazon.com!

How does it work?

It’s simple. You just pull the tape out, wrap it around your body, and hook the plastic end into the slot on the opposite side. Making sure the tape isn’t twisted, kinked, or uneven, you push the button, and the tape tightens up. Then you read the measurement and you’re done!

(If the tape isn’t even and held level, the pin may pop out of the handle during tightening. It’s like a warning that says, “hey buddy, fix your technique and try again if you want the correct measurement.”)

Since it does most of the work, it always provides the same level of tightness. So you can’t leave it loose or pull it tight to influence your measurements.

The tape locks in place as well, so you don’t have to worry about it winding itself back up if you let it slip.

My #1 tip is to make sure you record the number from where the tape meets the outer edge of the handle. Be consistent with that and your measurements will be consistent, too.

There are two huge reasons to use this:

First, you can take your own measurements. Not only does that save you embarrassment, it saves time – no need to schedule an appointment with a friend or wait around for someone to help.

While it doesn’t seem like a big ordeal to get these measurements, you might not want someone else touching you, and some people surely don’t enjoy having to touch you!

Second, the measurements will be taken consistently. That’s something that can’t be said for a regular measuring tape. Even if you have the same person using the tape, they might vary the pressure ever so slightly each time, so the accuracy of the measurements could be questionable.

From my personal experience, there can be huge discrepancies between regular measuring tapes and the MyoTape. I’m talking two inch variations in chest measurement! That’s insane. I don’t even know how the slight pressure differences result in that big of a measurement difference, but it happens.

That’s what really sold me on the MyoTape, even if you have someone else taking your measurements. You can take your own measurements, have a friend take measurements, and have your spouse take measurements, and they’ll all be the same if you use this device. That will NOT happen if they do it “freehand.”

The tape measures up to 60″ – that should cover most cyclists’ quads, calves, biceps, forearms, neck, shoulders, chest, hips, and waist. (Olympic track cyclist Chris Hoy reportedly has 27″ quads, and I don’t imagine you’re going to beat that!)

You could also use the tape to get an accurate measurement of your skull, for determining your proper helmet size!

There’s nothing I can complain about.

I’ve had mine for years, and it still works fine.

Sure, it takes a delicate touch to be able to measure your own chest and shoulders, but it’s not difficult.

[Note: For those of you who own the Precision Nutrition course, this is the tape measure that’s recommended in the “Measurement Guide” section.]

Want one?

You can get the tape for about $5 at Amazon.com, or do what I did and get the whole kit (which also includes skinfold calipers) for under $10.

My final verdict is…

It works great and it’s cheap. Get one!

Official website: www.AccuFitness.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

(Or spend a few more dollars for the kit.)

Product Review Details
Company: MyoTape.
Product: MyoTape Body Tape Measure
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-05-20
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. But there is about 2 2 inch space between where you read the measurement and where the tape reattaches to the device…..

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