The Gold Standard in Body Composition Testing
What is the Bod Pod and How it Works:
Using Air Displacement Plethysmogrophy, the BOD POD’s measuring system is similar to hydrostatic “underwater” weighing. The difference being that air is more convenient and comfortable than water for the test subject so the BOD POD delivers more accurate, reliable and repeatable results due to the easier and safer testing environment.
During the test, the subject’s body density is being measured. Once the body density of the subject is measured, relative proportions of body fat and lean body mass are calculated based on the density of fat and lean tissue. The more dense a body is, the lower the percent body fat; the less dense a body is, the higher the percentage of body fat.
What the results mean:
- Body Fat: Generally, health professionals recommend that women should not exceed 30 percent body fat for optimal health, and men not exceed 20 percent.
- Lean Body Weight: The largest component of your Lean Body Weight is muscle. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism (the number of calories you burn in a day, regardless of exercise)
- How to Change Your Body Composition: The most effective way to improve (or maintain) healthy body composition is to combine appropriate exercise with good nutrition. Two types of exercise can be helpful:
1.) aerobic exercise to burn fat and 2.) resistance exercise to increase lean (muscle) mass.