Body Composition

Bionic InBody – See what you are made of.

Bionic Body is proud to announce that we are the first, and only, fitness studio that offers the medical grade InBody 570 technology.

At Bionic Body, we believe in getting down and dirty with true scientific technology to show you what you are made of.

The Bionic InBody analysis uses state of the art direct segmental multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance to examine the composition of your body. Simply put, it reveals your percentage of body fat, muscle distribution, and body water balance so we can best determine how to help you reach your goals.

Our bodies are complex structures made of many different components such as water, fat, and muscle. A simple number on the scale is misleading and not an indicator of health, PERIOD. In other words, toss your scale and we will look at what is really going on from the inside out!

With your Bionic InBody results, we can determine exactly how many calories you should be eating and what classes will help you achieve your goals


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Body Composition FAQ

How long does it take to perform a test?

InBody test takes between 30-seconds and 2-minutes, depending on the model being used.

What can affect testing accuracy?

Changes in body composition reflect body status, which may be affected by such things as disease, nutritional status, and medications. Hydration status can also affect body water, and in turn, affect results. Accessories such as jewelry may interfere with the electrical conductivity. As long as testing conditions and the testing environment are kept the same from test to test, the InBody will provide high data reproducibility.

What should I do before InBody testing?

People should not test while they have a fever, cold, or chill as body composition may not reflect typical body status. Prior to the test, it is important to go to the bathroom. People should not test after strenuous exercise or after using a sauna, steam room, or bath. People should test prior to a meal or two hours after a meal. Diuretics, such as caffeine, alcohol, and medications should not be taken before the test. People should make every attempt to be tested under the same conditions, for example, at a consistent time of day. The electrolyte tissues should be used prior to each test.

Are there any types of people who should not be tested on the InBody? Can pregnant women be tested? Can people with artificial electrical implants be tested?

People with artificial electrical implants such as a defibrillator or pacemaker should not be tested.
Women who are on their menstrual cycle will not get an accurate reading due to subtle changes in hydration and body water levels.
Pregnant women can be tested to measure data such as body water levels. However, due to changes in the mother’s body, such as the introduction of a fetus, and changes in body water balance, the results will not be as accurate as they would be otherwise.

Why is InBody technology more expensive than other BIA devices?

InBody technology is patented and is different than that used in other BIA devices. InBody technology relies on direct measurement and can measure the body in a segmental fashion; is capable of accurately measuring impedance in the trunk region; uses multiple frequencies and does not need to use statistical (or empirical) data in calculating values; and evaluates a wide range of body types, from extremely obese, to elderly, to athletic.

How does the InBody compare to other BIA devices? What are the major technical differences between the InBody and other BIA devices?

The use of multiple frequencies to accurately measure intracellular AND extracellular water
8-point tactile electrodes providing a direct and reproducible measurement
Segmental impedance measurements – to include accurate lean body mass measurements of the trunk
No empirical estimations required. No population-based statistical data is used in calculating results.
Pre-printed, colorful results sheets 

Why doesn't the InBody report segmental fat mass or segmental percent body fat?

In general, BIA technology measures body components that are electrically conductive. Body fat mass is not an electrical conductor and, as a result, is calculated by subtracting fat free mass from total weight. Thus, to get body fat mass for each segment, the total weight of each segment would need to be calculated.

What are the advantages of using multiple frequencies instead of a single frequency?

Using multiple frequencies improves accuracy and precision. At single, low frequencies, it is difficult for electrical currents to penetrate the cellular membrane and assess intracellular water. As frequencies get higher, the electrical current is more capable of penetrating the cellular membrane and accurately measuring intracellular water.

How does the InBody derive body fat measurements from body water measurements?

Body water volume is closely related to fat free body mass. When fat free mass is subtracted from total weight, body fat mass remains.

How does the InBody work?

InBody devices use direct segmental measurement bioelectrical impedance analysis (DSM-BIA), a patented technology, to precisely measure body composition by sending multiple electrical currents through the body, resulting in up to six different impedance readings for the trunk and each of the four limbs. The innovative in-depth analysis of the InBody exam yields accurate results for body composition outputs, such as body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, (segmental) lean body mass, and percent body fat. 

What is Impedance?

Impedance is defined as the strength and speed of an electrical current through the body, measured in Ohms. Bioelectrical impedance analysis is based on the fact that tissues with high water content act as a conductor of an electrical current, whereas fat tissue interferes with electrical conductivity. The more fat there is in the body, the higher the impedance.

Is BIA technology accurate?

Historically, BIA technology, devices, and results have been met with some degree of skepticism. However, InBody technology provides great precisions and accuracy for total body and regional measurements

What other commonly used methods for body composition analyses exist?

Other methods of measuring body composition include DXA, hydrostatic weighing, air displacement, and anthropometric calipers.

How often can you measure body composition?

Frequency of measurement is fully dependent on each facility and program. Biospace recommends testing every 3-4 weeks.

How can percent body fat change within a timeframe as short as one day?

Weight and body water changes can occur with the introduction of meals and fluids, or with a change in environment. Circulation of body water may also cause changes in water distribution throughout the day. It is recommended that repeat tests be performed under the same testing conditions, in the same environment, and at the same time of day as the initial test.