If you’ve been to Marathon Fitness in 12 South anytime in the last few weeks, then you’ve seen a large egg-shaped container sitting in our back room. No, it’s not a spaceship. No, it’s not a time machine. It’s a Bod Pod, and it’s just waiting for you to get in.
What’s The Bod Pod?
Here’s what The Bod Pod website tells us: “The Bod Pod is a Air Displacement Pleythsmograph that uses whole body densitometry to determine body composition.” In plain English: The Bod Pod is the gold standard when it comes to measuring body composition. Forget stepping on a scale and analyzing your progress by one (often error-ridden) number. The Bod Pod measures your density. That means, this machine can detect not just how much you weigh, but what percentage of that weight is muscle, and what percentage of that weight is fat. Your home scale produces a data point. The Bod Pod produces a Rembrandt.
How does it work?
When you step in the Bod Pod, it seals off using high-tech magnets. Then, in addition to weighing your body with a scale, the device measures the volume of your body, by measuring how much air is displaced from inside the dome. Are you flashing back to your days in the high school science lab? Density = Mass/Volume. To know what you’re made of, we don’t want to just know what you weigh—but the place you take in the world. In the past, this kind of measurement could only take place in an underwater scale. Now, we can do it in the space of our very own gym.
Why does it matter?
What’s really amazing about this device is that armed with this information about your unique body composition, we can give you a highly customized meal plan, designed to hit your fitness and appearance goals What they say is true—muscle weighs more than fat. And all too often, when people being a weight loss journey, they get frustrated when they work really hard and then the number on the scale doesn’t budge. With the Bod Pod, we can forget judging everything by just one single number. Instead, you can discover week to week, how your fat content is decreasing, even while your muscle mass increases.
So stay tuned. We’ll be offering Bod Pod measuring any day now—at $40 per test for walk-ins, and $20 per test for Marathon Fitness members. We can’t wait to get started.