Body Composition

Knowing your body fat percentage can be one of the most important bits of biological data that you can know about yourself. If you're on a weight loss or fitness program it can be difficult to determine whether you're losing fat or muscle. The only way to know for sure is to have your body composition measured.

Weight alone is not a clear indication of good health because it does not distinguish how many pounds are fat and how many pounds are lean body mass. By simply standing on the INBODY footplates and holding the handgrips, you can regularly monitor your Body Fat, Muscle Mass, Muscular Development, Water Retention Levels and Basal Metabolic Rate so you can understand how your diet, lifestyle and exercise regimens are influencing your body composition. The INBODY tells you what's working for you, so you can target and reach your wellness goals.

How is the InBody so accurate?  How can it gather all this information about my body's composition?

The InBody's new technology led to amazing precision and ended the misconception that BIA (Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis) is inaccurate.

  • Accurate Measurement Of Trunk Impedance Determines Accuracy - The human body is composed of five cylinders: the arms, the legs and the trunk. With the technology of the INBODY, the trunk is directly measured. The trunk is occupied by various internal organs and its metabolic characteristics are different from the other parts of the body. It is important to precisely and directly measure the trunk because it accounts for 50% of our overall weight.
  • Multi-Frequency Measurement Enables Accurate Testing - With the usage of several different frequencies, we are able to provide more information on the body composition because more resistance values are attained. The INBODY 520 is based on 3 different frequencies that measure each segment, providing a total of 15 separate impedance values, thus providing accurate body composition information.
  • 8 Point Tactile Electrodes Offer High Reproducibility - The 8-point tactile method separates the current and voltage starting point, thus measurement always begins at a fixed point in the wrists and ankles. This provides high reproducibility and correct body impedance measurement because the contact resistance from the skin has been removed.

Testing Guidelines

The INBODY 520 Body Composition Analyzer is one of the easiest and most accurate body fat percentage tests available today. The entire testing appointment takes only 10 minutes. The actual test itself takes less than 1 minute.

  1. Schedule Your Appointment - You can use our online scheduler or book an appointment through your facilities program director.
  2. Test Preparation - InBody 520 testing requires little preparation, but like any medical test, these guidelines must be strictly followed: 
    • Do NOT eat any food 2 hours prior to test (OK to drink water, milk, juice, plain soup, decaf tea/coffee/soda)
    • Do NOT consume caffeinated beverages, alcoholic beverages or medications that contain diuretics in previous 12 hours before test
    • Do NOT perform excessive physical activity in previous 24 hours. By excessive we mean that if you run 2KM every day, just don't run 10KM the day before your test.  Habitual exercise patterns OK.
    • DO Wear light clothing the day of your test.
  3. Taking the Test
    • Go to the bathroom so we don't measure all those thing we don't want to
    • Remove all metal jewelery
    • We'll measure your certified height
    • Step onto the InBody with your bare feet and your mass will be measured by the scale
    • When directed, we will raise the handgrips of the InBody into your hands and hold your arms away from your body
    • Relax, breath normally, look forward and refrain from speaking
    • Your test will be complete in just under 1 minute
    • Step off of the InBody and relax while we print the results
  4. Reviewing the Results - If you've taken a test with us before, your previous test result(s) are stored in our system and used to chart your progress in each of these key areas:
    • Body Fat Percentage & Mass
    • Total Lean Body Mass - Which is Bone, Water and Muscle
    • Segmental Lean Mass - Tells us how much muscle you have in each Arm, each Leg and Upper Body individually
    • Certiļ¬ed Body Weight & Height
    • Basal Metabolic Rate - Critical number when we talk about Daily Caloric Intake requirements
    • Intracellular, Extracellular Water & Total Body Water - Tells us if you're Retaining Water
Body Composition Resources

Stop Stepping on the Scale to Track Weight Loss - Chad Griffin Nov 4, 2014