So today was a super exciting day for me…I had my first body composition analysis done in a Bod Pod!
Having obtained my BA in Health Education and Physical Education and my MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, it is safe to say I am an exercise NERD. I was SUPER geeked to find out earlier this year that my local community college purchased a Bod Pod and was going to be offering body composition measurements to the public. I recently discovered that the Bod Pod was open for appointments and that it only cost $35! I HAD to do this. I extended the invitation to my friend Kimi who is on a weight loss journey. She is a huge Biggest Loser fan and the participants on the show get measured via Bod Pod as well, so she was totally pumped to participate. Just so happens that my mother is in town for a visit and she wanted in on the fun too!
So we all met up and went over to the college and were taken to the room where the measurements are performed and met our Exercise Tech. She was super friendly and extremely nice, which made having to strip down to our bathing suits or sports bras & spandex shorts a little less stressful.
Steps to completing the Bod Pod analysis:
- Tell the tech your name, birthdate & daily activity level
- Strip down to swim suit or sports bra and spandex shorts
- Shove hair into red swim cap
- Hop on the scale and get weighed
- Enter the Bod Pod & have a seat
- Relax and breathe normally while the measurements are being conducted
- Exit the pod and find out your results!
So what were my results? Drum roll please…
- Height: 65 inches
- Weight: 135.847 lbs
- 22.4% Body Fat
- 77.6% Fat Free Mass
- 30.465 lbs Fat Mass
- 105.381 lbs Fat Free Mass
Body Fat Rating: Moderately Lean
I was pleased with my results and they were rather close to my estimation. I have had previous body composition measurements using calipers and bio-impedence scales, which tend to be less accurate – as in giving you a lower body fat percentage reading than what you really are. Previous measurements have told me I have anywhere from 15-19% body fat. I am considered healthy – take that all you naysayers who think eating a vegetarian and/or vegan diet and being an endurance athlete is unhealthy! I feel healthy, have lots of energy, and honestly feel the best I ever have. What today did reaffirm for me was that I should include more strength training into my routine. I used to be a total gym rat, but the last year or so I have fallen off the strength training wagon. So in addition to my race goals and just staying healthy, I would like to increase my lean muscle mass by increasing my strength training which will lead to injury prevention and enter me into the Lean category: 18-22% body fat (just 0.4% away!). By dropping this 0.4% I can increase my health and chance for longevity. Sweet deal.
Bod Pods Rock!