In January 2013, I decided to try something new that was offered in the Philadelphia area – The Bod Pod. For Philadelphians, this is something that is a rare find in many cities so if you are interested in finding out almost exact measurements of your weight and body fat, this spaceship looking device is your best bud!
If you are in the Philadelphia area and are interested, contact Allison Kmetz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I found out today that If you are a student at UPenn you can be tested for free! Can’t beat that
Keeping photographs and/or statistics of your weight and body fat is a very helpful way to monitor your progress. Whether your goal is weight loss, weight gain, muscle gains, etc. The Bod Pod has outstanding accuracy and its general error range is within 1% of underwater weighing (the most accepted method of body composition prior to the existence of The Bod Pod).
At the University of the Sciences (University of Pennsylvania) in Philadelphia, PA, the cost for an initial Bod Pod testing (for non-students) is currently $45.00. The price drops by $5.00 with each subsequent testing.
I’d recommend that you make your appointment sooner rather than later if you are considering, because when I was first tested in January 2013 the initial cost was only $35.00, so prices have increased since then.
In April 2013, I went back for a follow-up testing. At this time, I was 24 days into my Whole30 Challenge and I was now attending a crossfit gym on a regular basis. I had been working on decreasing my numbers and coming in leaner. The Whole30 really taught me a lot about my body, mainly that my body rejects Dairy and certain grains. Anyway, my BF% went down 2.5%. I was happy with that.
I wanted to test again in July 2013, but the building that The Bod Pod was located in went under construction and testing was placed on hold, until now.
Today (September 25, 2013) I was tested for the 3rd time. Below are the results from each of my tests.
*Please understand that these are MY results. YOUR results will be different. Focus on your own progress and not someone else’s!
My January 2013 Bod Pod Results:
- 135.4 lbs
- 72.2% or 97.9 lbs of lean body mass
- 27.8% or 37.5 lbs of body fat
- Moderately Lean Category (meaning my fat levels were acceptable for good health)
My April 2013 Bod Pod Results:
- 132.7 lbs
- 74.7% or 99.1 lbs of lean body mass
- 25.3% or 33.6 lbs of body fat
- Moderately Lean Category
My September 2013 Bod Pod Results:
- 126.6 lbs
- 78.6 % or 99.5 lbs of lean body mass
- 21.4% or 27.1 lbs of body fat
- Lean Category (meaning I currently have lower body fat levels than many people. This range is excellent for health and longevity)
Both the Moderately Lean (23-30% BF) and Lean (19-22% BF) categories are safe and healthy for Women. Too much or too little body fat can pose serious health risks.
If nothing else, I would recommend getting tested simply because it keeps you aware of your own body. Those who are aware of their body tend to make healthier choices.
**I should also mention that crossfit played a huge role in the positive changes I saw with my April 2013 Bod Pod results. In addition, for the past 3 months I’ve been working closely with The Strength Guys regarding my nutrition and macro/micro-nutrient needs.
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