The Importance of Body Composition Testing

Body composition testing. What is it? Why is it important? Why do we use the InBody 770 Technology at SportsLab NYC? And what role does it play in a strength training program? All very good questions that we will address in this post.

First, what is it? “Body composition analysis is a method of describing what the body is made of, differentiating between fat, protein, minerals, and body water to give you a snapshot of your health. It also describes weight more accurately than BMI.”  Body composition analysis can accurately show changes in the following areas:Fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. This is why the Inbody testing plays such an important role when developing training programs for our clients. Monthly check-ins are also done on the InBody 770 body composition scanner as a way for SportsLab coaches to track the clients progress on their current training program.

The Website Science for Sport also says “The term body composition relates to the proportion of the body that is made up fat mass (FM) and fat-free mass (FFM). Body composition provides objective data that is unobtainable from scale weight alone, such as the proportion of weight that is fat mass.”

In terms of how important this type of technology is, especially if you are serious about personal training and your individual goals, look at it this way: When you set out to lose weight, you step on a scale OR if you want to see your health status, you measure your BMI. While this may work for some, it is not an accurate way to depict your health status based on your individual goals, limitations, etc. That is where SportsLab NYC steps in!

 The Inbody 770 test here at SportsLab gives a detailed report of segmented lean analysis, muscle/fat analysis, segmental fat analysis, visceral fat area, basal metabolic rate, and percent body fat. Our experienced coaches closely analyze the data from your individual test and create or adjust your training program based on progress. Each month, you are re-tested on the machine. Not only does this method track your progress, but it holds you accountable for what you do outside of SportsLab (i.e: diet, resting, managing stress levels). See image below for a sample results sheet to see a positive correlation between weight, muscle mass and body fat percentage.

Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey or well into it, we highly recommend investing your time into a technology and method which will give you the most accurate data & results possible. Are you located in NYC and looking for a Manhattan personal trainer? Come see us at SportsLab NYC, right around the corner from Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan.  Call or email us to get your body composition testing done & start on a new fitness program! In the meantime, check out this awesome resource from Inbody; Body Composition 101: The Beginner’s Guide. Happy Training!

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