Kinanthropomtery (“kin-an-thro-POM-e-tree”), is the study of the human body focusing on measurement and proportion in relation to human movement. This includes simple metrics like height and weight, but also more complicated meaurements such as Body Mass Index, limb proportions, Somatotyping, and more. It plays a large role in ergonomics, industrial design, clothing design, and architecture.

Specialists in anthropometry are rare in the United States, though there are larger professional organizations internationally which accredit anthropometric classes and certify specialists. One of the most famous and prolific studies of anthropometric data was conducted by the U.S. military between 1945 and 1988, wherein they collected 240 measures for 75,000 individuals between 40 different studies.

Services at CrossFit Catonsville

Longitudinal Fitness Tracking

As part of your membership at CFC, trained staff help you track the following long-term measurements:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index
  • Fitness Skills and Max Lifts

We track these at the request of all current members over the long term. We do not offer this service to non-members, as these are long term, longitudinal tracking parameters. For non-member services, please see below.

Advanced Measurements

CFC offers two advanced measurement services for both members and non-members: Body Composition Profiling and Somatotyping.

Body Composition Profiling

This is a multi-step test process which includes:

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Body Fat %
  • Skeletal Muscle %
  • Body Mass Index
  • Visceral Fat
  • Body Age
  • Resting Metabolic Rate

We use a variety of measurements including Body Impedence Analysis, caliper testing, BMI charting, and composition estimates to build an accurate profile of your needs.

All current members may have a Body Composition Profile completed once every three (3) months as part of their membership.

We retest Body Composition up to once per month, preferably under the same conditions each time (hydration, meals eaten, time of day, etc). This helps us build a profile of your fitness over time. Retesting any more frequently is generally inaccurate and frustrating as minute fluctuations occur on a day to day basis.

This test normally takes about 30 minutes.

Cost: $20 for members. $40 for non-members.


Also known as Body Type Testing, the terms Mesomorph, Ectomorph, and Endomorph may be more familiar. These types describe the body’s tendencies towards slimness, bone structure, fat loss/gain, and muscle loss/gain. Studies have shown that these types, when accurately determined, can indicate the most effective dietary plan, fitness structure, and even predict which sports the person will be best at.

Somatotyping is a complicated, but powerful, measurement. The measurement is completed by finding the Trunk Index, which is the ratio of your Thoracic (upper) Trunk to your Abdominal (lower) Trunk. This is determined by the relative locations and sizes of your shoulders, rib cage, hips, and tailbone. This measurement, along with your height, weight, and age, is used to find the Meso-Ecto-Endo split that describes your body type. Based on this split, we can then help you more accurately plan the best diet, fitness, and sports goals that are unique to *you*.

The more specific we can be, the better the results you can achieve. Somatotype can change over time with nutrition, resistance training, and other life events (injury, pregnancy, etc). We recommend re-testing every 4-6 months. The testing process can take up to an hour to complete.

Cost: $40 for members. $80 for non-members.

Fitness Profile Package

This includes a Body Composition Profile and Somatotyping in one session. Plan for this to take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Cost: $50 for members. $100 for non-members.