BOD POD measures body composition

Bod-Pod

NOVEMBER 2015 – Does muscle really weigh more than fat? The quick answer is, yes. By volume, muscle weighs approximately 18 percent more than fat.

The 600 human body muscles make up 40 percent of body weight. Muscle, along with bones, skin, organs and water make up lean body mass.

The rest is fat.

Yet ironically, most people when standing on a scale only think about fat. They think about losing fat when reducing weight.

Worse, they don’t understand shedding pounds by dieting only and without participating in weight training to maintain and build muscle, they aren’t just losing fat. They are also losing muscle.

Without scientific measurement, there’s no way to know how much muscle and fat, we lose.

Most people also don’t understand the scale doesn’t tell the real story if they are weightlifting while dieting to reduce weight.

For example, if you gained 15 pounds and wanted to lose it by beginning a diet and exercise program, you may hit a wall after discarding 10 pounds on the scale.

However, baseline and follow-up body composition tests may confirm you actually did lose 15 pounds of fat but added five pounds of muscle. The end result is far lower body fat percentage and more defined physique.

More and more, studies, doctors and fitness experts are changing the conversation. They are shifting fitness goals to focus far more on overall health and wellness — most importantly, body composition.

Fit is the new thin

Our whole lives, we’ve been programmed to believe it is all about the number on the scale. No more. Now the emphasis is on how much fat you carry, not how much you weigh.

For example, a female athlete weighing 150 pounds with 20 percent body fat is far healthier and fit than a comparable athlete who weighs 130 pounds with 30 percent body fat. Even better, the 20 percent body fat athlete has far better muscle definition and looks healthier. Both may even wear the same size clothing since muscle is more compact.

The great news is there is a way to scientifically measure body composition using a medical grade piece of test equipment called a BOD POD.

A Kansas City company called Muscle Metrics LLC is one of the first of its kind in the nation to make this sophisticated piece of equipment available to anyone.

While this equipment was invented 17 years ago with a National Institute of Health grant, it has only been used in medical facilities like the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics.  Plus, it is used by professional athletic programs including 16 NFL teams and the NFL Combine as well as the NBA Rookie Camp. Over 20 Division 1 training facilities have one. Olympic programs worldwide rely on BOD PODS, as do the Army and Navy Special Forces.  Even the TV show, The Biggest Loser uses one.

Testing is simple, safe for any age, takes 10 minutes or less and easy.  Muscle Metrics has designed a custom-built mobile trailer to bring convenient body composition testing to your location.

Muscle Metrics travels to gyms, cross fit clubs, high school and college athletic programs, club sports teams, corporate health and wellness programs, body and physique competitions, health fairs and more.

Cameron Bishop is the owner and founder of Muscle Metrics LLC.  He has a passion for fitness and health and wellness.  As a former corporate executive and management consultant, he discovered the BOD POD and the motivating knowledge gained from body composition testing.  Traveling 40 to 50 times per year took its toll and he gained 16 pounds even while still exercising regularly.  A baseline test in a Bod Pod at the start of his weight loss program and nine months of eating clean with intensified weights and cardio led to trimming 12 pounds. A follow-up Bod Pod body composition test verified he had in fact lost 16 pounds of body fat and added four pounds of muscle.  While the scale said his weight was up, his waist size was better than it had been in five to 10 to 10 years.  That’s when he decided the information that Bod Pod provides is so powerful that he wanted to make it available to everyone.  If you would like to have him come to your gym, company, school or athletic program, check out the website at www.musclemetrics.ZONE, email cbishop@musclemetics.ZONE or call 913 905-9789.

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