Covert Bailey's Measuring Tips

Use these tips to correctly measure your waist and hips.

Stand up straight but don't suck in your stomach; be relaxed. Measure your waist at the greatest circumference. Men sometimes have trouble with this measurement. It can vary by five inches quite easily. For example, Covert gets:

Maximum suck-in of gut
32 inches
2. Relaxed but still consciously sucking in 33 inches
3. Comfortable, but still self-conscious/unconscious sucking in 34 inches
4. Probably the way he usually is when no one else is around 35 inches
5. Blown out, deliberately exaggerated belly 38 inches

Please play around with the measurements a little. Get all five and run them through the formula; you'll find there's quite a variation. You may be tempted to use the results of 1, 2, or 3, but the results of 4 are the most accurate.


People sometimes take this measurement incorrectly by placing the tape too high. You should wrap it around your hips and buttocks. Stand with your feet about four inches apart and measure the greatest circumference.


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