BOD POD

Excess body fat can have a negative impact on health, performance, and productivity

Forward-thinking weight management programs utilize accurate body composition and metabolic assessments to address the unique requirements of a person’s physiology. With a BOD POD body composition (Fat and Fat-Free Mass) analysis, users can create tailored fitness and nutrition programs, as well as track changes in fat and muscle mass over time.

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What is the BOD POD?

The BOD POD is the world’s only Air Displacement Plethysmography system that determines body composition in adults and children. In comparison to other body composition assessment methods, the BOD POD’s air displacement method has eliminated the radiation of Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) as well as the difficulties associated with underwater submersion in hydrostatic weighing. This is why the BOD POD is considered the practical Gold Standard for body composition assessment.

The BOD POD is completely non-invasive, making it especially suitable for frequent, longitudinal tracking of body composition and metabolic changes over time.

How does it work?

The BOD POD uses the principles of whole-body densitometry to determine body composition. This technique relies on a mass measurement from a highly accurate scale (provided) and a volume measurement from the BOD POD chamber. Once body density is determined (Density = Mass/Volume), the BOD POD predicts Thoracic Gas Volume (TGV) and then uses known (or user-customized) densitometric equations to calculate percent Fat and Fat-Free Mass. The accuracy of the BOD POD has been shown to be very high against reference techniques in a number of research publications.

What should I expect at a session?

A few things to note before your arrival:

  • It is ideal to fast (no food or drink) at least 4 hours prior to the test
  • You will be required to wear compression clothing (spandex biker shorts, swimsuit, etc.)
  • No metal jewelry is allowed inside the BOD POD

The BOD POD is extremely simple to use. A full test requires only about 5 minutes:

  • Basic information (age, height, etc.) is entered into the kiosk control system
  • The Bod Pod is calibrated
  • Body mass is measured using the integrated digital scale
  • Body volume is measured as you sit inside the BOD POD for three 40-second tests
  • Thoracic Gas Volume (TGV) is predicted
  • Test results are displayed and printed

How do I sign up for a BOD POD session?

  • 1. PURCHASE: BOD POD sessions are $35 per visit (FREE for members); please purchase online.
  • 2. SCHEDULE: Call (512)338-4448 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule your session.