Is it time to get in shape? InBody can give you details

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Glen Hatch, at Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre, demonstrates use of the InBody bioelectrical impedance machine. Photo: Cliff Kenyon

Cliff Kenyon

Fitness buffs and those on a mission to improve their fitness level are eager for data, not just guesses.

Perhaps they want to measure the results of their weight loss or exercise efforts or need a starting point for their journey to fitness.

And that’s where the InBody 570 machine has become a valuable ally. It looks a bit like a treadmill, will send low voltage electricity through your body and make vital measurements. It is portable enough to be taken to units on the base to offer tests to groups of members.

Fitness and heath experts at Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre added the machine to their arsenal about a year ago and it has proven to be invaluable.

Since January of last year, the bioelectrical impedance machine has been used more than 1200 times.

“It’s a very good tool to help people be motivated,” says Tammy Buchanan, Health Promotion Manager. “People are finding it to be pretty useful.”

The body composite testing machine does so much more than you can do at home with a bathroom scale.

The machine uses very low frequency electrical current measuring the resistance or conductivity of body water. The current is sent through your feet and hands and measurements are printed on graphs that can suggest how you should adjust diet and fitness programs. Including printing the findings, it only takes about 15 minutes.

The muscle-fat analysis breaks down your weight into pounds of Skeletal Muscle Mass (SMM) and Body Fat Mass (BFM). Changes in diet and exercise can change your SMM and your BFM.

“Military members tend to be at the high end of muscle measurements,” says Health Promotions Specialist Lisa Fisher.

The obesity analysis shows both your body mass index (BMI) and percent of body fat (PBF).

The Segmental Lean analysis shows how your Lean Body Mass is distributed within your body and evaluates balance of muscle development.

The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories burned while at rest in one day. The BMR can help determine the number of calories you need to eat in a day to achieve your fitness goals.

Confused? Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre staff members will be there to help you understand the graphs and help suggest changes you may like to make in your diet or exercise program. The machine is used in the successful Blast off the Pounds program offered at Col J.J. Parr Sports Centre.

Many participants are tested in three month intervals to measure their progress.

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