A BOD POD body composition assessment is extremely simple, comfortable, and takes only about 5 minutes (less than three minutes inside).
For the most accurate results, clients should not consume any food, liquids or work-out/exercise 3 hours prior to testing. Attire is Spandex/Under Armour type compression clothing. The clothing should fit like a second skin. Swim cap will be provided.
Clothing, hair, jewelry, and eyeglasses can have a significant impact on the volume and mass measurements performed during a BOD POD test. Therefore, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that all subjects tested in the BOD POD remove all jewelry and eyeglasses, and wear minimal, form-fitting clothing such as a Lycra® or Spandex® such as a Speedo style swimsuit during testing. Single-layer compression shorts and/or sport bras are also acceptable clothing (without padding or wires). A swim cap must also be worn to compress any air pockets within the hair.
Information from the Client Information / Waiver form is entered into the computer.
The BOD POD validates/calibrates(for every test).
The subject’s mass/weight is measured using the integrated digital scale.
The subject’s body volume is measured while sitting inside the BOD POD.
Test results are printed instaneously
Subject compliance for testing in the BOD POD is very simple. They need only to sit comfortably and quietly inside the BOD POD for three brief 40 second measurement periods (no talking or laughing). Sounds relating to valves opening and closing may be heard, but most subjects are unaware of the slight pressure changes that take place during a BOD POD test. A few people have noted a feeling similar to that of moving from the first to second floor in an elevator or intial take-off in an airplane.
Test Information is coupled with data loaded into the system from the Client Information / Waiver giving an accurate reading of Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Total Energy Expenditure (TEE) valuable caloric information vital to planning a fitness program.