Body composition (percent fat and lean) is one of the best indicators of health, reflecting both physical activity and dietary practices. Body weight alone can be very misleading. The scale cannot tell the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle. Over time, people tend to gain fat and lose muscle without an obvious change in their weight. Only by accurately measuring body composition will one learn the amount of fat and lean tissue that makes up their weight, enabling sensible decisions to be made regarding diet and exercise programs. Whether looking to lose fat, gain muscle or maintain a healthy balance, the BOD POD is an essential tool to help achieve that goal.
The BOD POD is:
- Easy to use
- Extremely valuable when paired with diet and exercise
- An excellent tool that provides feedback and motivation
The BOD POD Body Composition Tracking System is based on the same principle as underwater weighing, the accepted gold standard for measuring body composition. The only device of its type in the world, the BOD POD uses a patented air displacement technology to provide highly accurate results more quickly and easily than the dunk tank. Best of all, no one gets wet!
The BOD POD has a roomy interior that accommodates a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It's routinely used to measure the body composition of collegiate and professional athletes - even sumo wrestlers!
A complete BOD POD analysis, including printed results, takes less than five minutes.
Just Three Easy Steps:
- Basic subject information is entered into the system
- The person is weighed
- The person sits comfortably in the BOD POD for three brief 40-second measurements.
Test results are displayed and printed. That's it!
A few tips before receiving a BOD POD:
- Bring your Hokie Passport to your fitness test.
- Males: wear compression shorts made of polyester and/or lycra.
- Females: wear compression shorts and an underwire-free sports bra or
- swim suit.
- Drink plenty of fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the test to ensure good
- Avoid food, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine for at least 3 hours before testing.
- Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity the day of the test.
- To ensure accuracy, do not eat or exercise 2 hours prior to the test.
- Make sure to use the restroom prior to the test.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep (6 to 8 hours) the night before the test.