FFMI Calculator (FatFree Mass Index)
This FFMI calculator is dedicated to estimating FatFree Mass Index of your body. This method is more precise in comparison to the BMI (Body Mass Index) and overcomes its shortcomings when dealing with people who are well trained, as well as professional sportsmen. In the article below you can find an explanation of what is FFMI, the comparison of BMI vs FFMI, and the FFMI scale which allows you to classify your results.
To perform a proper calculation, you need to know your body fat result in [%]. If you don't know it, use the body fat calculator to get this parameter. Also, if you are interested in more body fat measurements, check out our alternative calculation methods in the army body fat calculator and US navy body fat calculator.
FFMI  FatFree Mass Index
FFMI is the abbreviation of FatFree Mass Index. It describes the amount of your muscle mass in relation to height and weight. FFMI is part of the family of body indexes, together with wellknown and similar BMI. Although the FFMI is less used, it is more precise than BMI, and also provides information about somebody's condition and health.
The FatFree Mass Index uses 3 inputs to provide a score of muscle mass:
 Body height  measured in centimeters or in feet and inches,
 Body weight  measured in kilograms or pounds,
 Body fat  measured in percent units (use our body fat calculator to find your input value).
BMI vs FFMI
Body Mass Index is a parameter calculated from your weight and height. The results are classified according to the defined norms, and thanks to that you can say whether your weight is ideal, normal or if you are overweight or even obese. However, this method has its limitations, the most significant being that it doesn't take into account the weight of your lean muscle mass, and your amount of body fat.
Maybe, at first glance, it doesn't seem that big a problem, but the critics of BMI are justified. For example, two people with different heights and weights can have the same BMI, even though they have different amounts of both fat and muscle. Somebody with a lot of muscle mass can be classified negatively  as overweight or even obese. The BMI method is based only on weight, and therefore it doesn't take into account the difference in tissues and body type. From another point of view, an inactive person, someone who does not exercise and is in an overall unhealthy state, might get a very good BMI result.
Why is FFMI better than BMI?
When somebody gains weight, and it is caused by fat tissue increase, that means the person has become less healthy. When an athlete (or fitness enthusiast) put on weight because of an increase in muscle mass, it is a good thing. Both situations mean the same from BMI's viewpoint  weight increase results in BMI index increase. That is where the FatFree Mass Index comes in with a solution.
FFMI is defined in a way that allows distinguishing between fat gain and muscle gain. If the mass of fat increases, FFMI index goes down, and if the mass of muscle increases, FFMI rises. It is this difference that allows FFMI to correctly estimate somebody's body and health condition. On the other hand, Body Mass index (BMI) is a general estimation of your health that works well for most of the population. Note, that for somebody who exercises daily or trains professionally, BMI is mostly useless. For that kind of person, with more muscle mass than the ordinary people, FatFree Mass Index is a much better, much more effective choice.
FatFree Mass scale
The following table indicates the classification of FFMI indexes.
FFMI range  Description 

below 18  Below average 
18  20  Average 
20  22  Above average 
22  23  Excellent 
23  26  Superior 
26  28  Suspicion of steroid use 
more than 28  Steroid usage likely 
Note that:

scores of FFMI between 2627.9 may indicate usage of steroids, but still might be attainable naturally,

scores of FFMI between 2830 are highly unlikely to be achieved naturally without steroid usage.
How to calculate FFMI?
The FFMI calculator uses currently approved mathematical formulas for computing the fatfree mass, FFMI as well as Normalized FFMI . The latter is dedicated for taller athletes who are bigger overall.
 Body fat calculation bases on the simply equation:
body fat = weight [kg] * (body fat [%] / 100)
. It is expressed in kilograms units [kg].  Fat free mass is estimated using the following method:
fat free mass = weight [kg] * (1  (body fat [%]/ 100))
. Result is also expressed in kilograms [kg].  FFMI is calculated respectively:
FFMI = fat free mass [kg]/ (height [m])²
. Expressed in kilograms per square meter [kg/m²].  For Normalized FFMI use the equation:
normalized FFMI = FFMI [kg/m²] + 6.1 * (1.8  height [m])
. The same unit as in FFMI [kg/m²].
FatFree Mass Index calculator allows you to change the units which are displayed. You can switch between cm, m, kg, lb, etc., accordingly to your needs and preferences.
FFMI calculator  how to use it properly
Check out an example calculation, to help you have a crystal clear understanding of how to use the FFMI calculator correctly. Let's assume that the estimation is made on Steve  the man who has 180 cm, weighs 75 kilograms and have 22% of body fat. Following the steps, it goes like this:
First, fill in all the input data:
 Enter his height:
180 cm
,  Enter his weight:
75 kg
,  Enter his body fat:
22%
.
Then, check out the calculation outcome based on these input data:
 The FFMI is
18.1 kg/m²
 that number classifies our man to the average result  the message with the classification range is displayed automatically below the calculator.  Normalized FFMI is equal to
18.1 kg/m²
 it is identical to the nonnormalized value because the man is not taller than the mean value of the population.  Steve's fatfree mass equals:
58.5 kg
,  His total body fat weighs:
16.5 kg
.