Strength Basics

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Product Review: Accufitness Myotape

The Accu Fitness MyoTape tape measure

This tape measure is not strictly a training tool, it's a way to measure your results.

What is it? It's a 60-inch tape measure in a handy handle, with a clip-in slot for the end of the tape. Get it around the bodypart, put the end of the tape in a slot, and click a button. It tightens around the bodypart and gives you an easy-to-read result.

Can't I just use any old tape? Yes, you can. The benefit to using this one is the clip-in "locking feature" to hold the tape. That makes it much easier to take self-measurements. Ever try to measure your upper arm, your shoulders, or your forearm with a normal tape measure? It's hard to hold it tight and get a good measure as it slips free. But yeah, of course you can just use a tape measure of any old sort. This just makes it easy and removes the awkwardness of some measuring.

Any downsides? The "locking feature" on the Myotape isn't that secure - it can and will fall out more than it should. I put locking in quotes because it doesn't really lock in, the end rod on the tape just sits in the hole. But it makes it much easier to measure for all of that.

Utility: 4 out of 5. As tape measures go, this is a good one. The locking feature need improvement.
Quality: 3 out of 5. The tape is fine, the handle is fine. But it's just plastic, and while mine hasn't broken, it's clear a hard fall or getting stepped on will likely ruin it. A regular tape measure won't have this problem.

Overall: If you track your measurements for body composition reasons or for bodybuilding, this is a handy tool to have around, and it's generally less than $10. It's worth it.

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