What is a Bod Pod?
Information provided by Cosmed, creator of Bod Pod:
The BOD POD Gold Standard Body Composition Tracking System is an air displacement plethysmograph which uses whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in adults and children, and can accommodate a wide range of populations. A full test requires only about 5 minutes, and provides highly accurate, safe, comfortable, and fast test results. Each BOD POD Gold Standard is a complete turnkey system with a dedicated computer system, the ability to measure thoracic gas volume (TGV), and data management capabilities.
The Bod Talk blog is connected with New Way Health & Fitness, located in Palm Harbor, FL where anyone can make an appointment for the pod with us to get scanned.
What does it Measure?
The Bod Pod measures your body composition, with a 99.9% accuracy rate. It is broken down into many segments including total weight, fat mass, and fat-free mass. Based on the results below, for that person it means their body is made up of 24% fat (their body fat). That breaks down to 31.374 lbs of fat and 99.172 lbs of non-fat mass (muscle, water, etc.) for a total body weight of 130.546 lbs. Based on those numbers, this person falls into the Moderately Lean category.
The scan below also shows their Resting Metabolic Rate, meaning that their body needs 1218 calories to function in a resting state. This means the person needs a bare minimum of 1218 calories per day just to support their vital body functions. To the left of those results it shows the calorie intake breakdown based on their activity level. As shown, if this person had a sedentary day, they should consume 1510 calories, 1851 for a low active day, 2119 for an active day (usually working out once a day for an hour), and 2521 for a very active day (working out plus a long run, or two workouts a day, etc.).
Here is an example of a Bod Pod reading: