Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor at a recent physical, maybe your personal trainer mentioned it during your latest workout, maybe you read the term in a recent article about getting fit for fall. But do you know what it really means? Have you ever asked yourself:
“What exactly is body composition?”
Defining Body Composition
Put simply, body composition is a method of describing what the body is made of; it includes the percentages of fat, bone, water, and muscle in the body.
When we want to determine how healthy we are, we typically step on a scale or calculate our BMI (Body Mass Index). But reality is, both of these measures are only giving us a snapshot and can’t really tell us how healthy we are; neither BMI nor weight differentiates between muscle and fat. Thankfully, there is a better way.
By completing a Body Composition Analysis, you will receive a measurement of your body’s fat, muscle mass, and body water levels, providing you with a more complete look at you and your health. But why does that matter?
Importance of Body Composition Analysis
In order to reach your optimal goals, you need to understand where your body is at – that’s where a body composition analysis comes in. When you’re shown your percentages, you’re able to identify the areas that require attention and where you can improve. It can also help you (and your trainer) customize a workout plan that will help you achieve your specific, desired fitness results.
But, more importantly, you’ll be able to find a healthy balance between your fat and muscle which can:
- Increase your lifespan
- Reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, insulin resistance, etc.
- Increase your energy levels
- Improve your self-esteem
Our Method of Body Composition Analysis
At our Clubs, we use InBody to help our Members determine their body composition, using this information to help Members set and track their fitness goals.
What is an InBody scan?
With 98% accuracy, an InBody scan quickly measures your body composition providing in-depth information on the make-up of your body.
The InBody System sends electrical signals through the individual, measuring their trunk and four limbs. Each InBody scan provides a comprehensive report, detailing the muscle, fat, and water values of your body.
Who would benefit from an InBody scan?
Whether you’re someone who wants to lose weight or someone who’s looking to gain muscle (or both!), the true barometer of success will not be found in someone’s weight alone, but instead, it will be discovered in the values that go into that number (water, muscle, and fat).
By completing an InBody scan, you’ll be better set-up to achieve your optimal fitness goals. And by regularly checking in to track your progress, you’ll be able to adapt your workout routine and nutrition in order to recalibrate and ensure you’re always set up for success.
To schedule your next InBody scan, please reach out to the appropriate contact at your Club:
The Cambridge Club
Toronto Athletic Club
Arpad Sos, Personal Trainer, The Cambridge Club
Peter Sheldrick, Lead Trainer & Floor Coach, Adelaide Club