One of the unique services we offer here at AlaskaFit is Body Composition Testing. And we do it in a quick, painless and not embarrassing way. We have a Tanita Body Composition scale that measures your weight, fat mass, fat free mass (muscle, bone, and organs), and also your total body water weight or hydration.
Why Do We Test Body Composition?
Because looking and feeling better is not only about the number on the scale. When we lose body fat and increase muscle mass, our jeans fit better, we look tighter and smaller (hooray!). When you are feeling great and your clothes are fitting better, it can be soul-crushing (this is not an exaggeration, I have seen the scale crush someone’s self esteem), to see no change in the number on a regular scale.
Here’s where it gets tricky though, accuracy in body composition methods can vary up to 8%! That may not sound like much, but if my body fat percentage is really 21%, but the inaccurate method I’m using says I’m at 29%, I may move towards more extreme measures to get the results I want…and this may not be the best decision for my body or my health.
Knowing this statistic, Rebekah, our Lead Nutrition Coach, decided to put our method to the test. The new “silver standard” for testing body composition is something called the Bod Pod.
What is a Bod Pod?
A Bod Pod is an all-encompassing method of testing your body that measures your lean mass and fat mass, while also providing the resting metabolic rate (RMR). Our clients know that RMR is the minimum number of calories your body needs just “to be.” The Bod Pod analyzes how much you weigh, how much space (air displacement) you take up in volume, and calculates your density.
The Bod Pod is second in accuracy to the hydrostatic weighing method. Hydrostatic weighing is a much more involved and complicated process that involves a stainless steel weighing tank in which the subject must be fully submerged. As you can imagine, this is not the easiest or most comfortable process.
The UAA Human Performance Lab offers a number of different tests and services to the public including Bod Pod testing. Rebekah set up an appointment early on a Saturday morning. She popped into AlaskaFit first, stepped on our scale and found out what we say her body composition is.
Then it was off to the Bod Pod. Bod Pod testing requires you to wear tight-fitting clothing, and as little as possible in order for the results to be most accurate. The test itself took less than 10 minutes to complete, including printing out her results.
No, we won’t reveal Rebekah’s body fat percentage. We will tell you that her Bod Pod results were within 1lb. of the body composition information provided by AlaskaFit’s Tanita scale!
We are proud and pleased to know that our scale is as accurate as the Bod Pod test!
It is important to keep in mind that body weight, and body composition are only one way to measure progress when embarking on a new health journey. There are many other ways to determine your progress including increased strength and energy, improved sleep quality, not to mention your jeans fitting better. Every step you take towards improving your life counts and it’s always great to test yourself.
Remember that while our testing is incredibly accurate, there’s a whole lot of ways to test yourself.