We’ve recently purchased an InBody machine that allows us to accurately measure your body composition. In under a minute, we can tell you your weight, body fat percentage, total lean body mass, your basal metabolic rate and a segmented analysis of where your muscle and fat is distributed. This is a very powerful machine and with it, we’re now able to upgrade your experience and our nutrition prescriptions.
That all sounds nice and scientific sounding, but how does this actually help you achieve your goals and improve your overall fitness?
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it."
There’s an old saying by a well known management guru named Peter Drucker that goes “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. As CrossFit athletes we already know this. We keep a workout log that tracks our performances on workouts so we know if we’re getting stronger or faster or more skillful. Empirically, we can judge our progress and, if we’re not making improvements, we can make adjustments to our programming to correct the problem.
However, for most of us, having capable bodies is only one part of the equation. We also want to look and feel better and know that we are healthy. Until now, we haven’t had an offering that gave us empirical data. We only had subjective measurements like our clothes fitting better or looking at ourselves in the mirror. With the InBody, we now have hard data to know if we’re moving in the right direction.
For example, many athletes in the gym want to lose weight and tone up, which really means build lean muscle mass. As a new athlete starts to workout, they may keep track of their weight on a scale. But, over the course of the first few months, your weight may not actually change that much, in fact it may go up slightly. For many, this is a depressing blow because their hard work is not being rewarded. But, the truth of the matter is that only measuring body weight does not give us a full picture of body composition changes.
Many of us have heard that “muscle weighs more than fat”. On the surface, this seems silly. A pound is a pound, whether it’s muscle, fat, feathers or rocks. But, as you begin to workout, you often gain muscle faster than you burn fat and muscle is denser than fat. So, depending on the change in ratios, you may either lose only a little weight, stay the same weight, or gain some weight.
If we only had a scale to measure, then we might give up or change our workout program. But, we now have a tool that can tell us we are in fact increasing our lean muscle mass and decreasing our body fat, which makes us feel vindicated, happy and reenergized to continue working out.
Having this information also allows our coaches to upgrade their nutrition prescriptions. Knowing your lean body mass, basal metabolic rate and body fat percentage allows them to create nutrition plans that are more accurate as we’re better able to discern different macronutrient ratios and make a plan that’s right for you.
We recommend every athlete in the gym gets their body composition tested every three months. Three months is enough time for changes to occur and not too often to make you neurotic about checking your numbers. Also, our group programming (CrossFit class) works off three month long cycles so it dovetails perfectly with our training cycles.
If you’re ready to get your body tested, keep the following in mind:
To ensure accuracy, please do NOT do the following two hours beforehand:
Ideally, the best time to do the scans are in mornings after you’ve fasted throughout the night.
To book an appointment, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. One scan is $35 or you can buy two for $60.