Body Composition Testing

Body Composition Analysis: find out your body fat percentage, fat-free percentage, pounds of lean body mass, pounds of fat mass, and overall body density relative to your body weight

Testing Equipment: BOD POD (Whole-Body Air-Displacement Plethysmography)

Accuracy: highly accurate with excellent repeatability – used as the gold standard in research facilities (average standard of error estimate [s.e.e.] ~1.0-1.2%)

Location: The University of Western Ontario, Room 2235, 3M Centre, London, ON  N6A 3K7
(park and enter by the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic)

Cost: $50/analysis (PAY ONLINE)

Next Available Test Date(s):
Monday July 14, 2014 (between 5:30-7:30pm, only 1 spot left at 7:15pm)
Monday August 25, 2014 (between 5:30-7:30pm)

To Sign Up, Contact: Jennifer Broxterman, Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist
by emailing info@nutritionrx.ca to reserve your spot

Printable PDF: Driving Directions & Map to Bod Pod
Printable PDF: Bod Pod Information Sheet

Body composition testing can be a very useful piece of information to active individuals to help you understand your lean body mass, fat mass, and body fat percentage.  Knowing your numbers can help you determine if weight loss is an appropriate goal for performance enhancement, and how many pounds of fat can be safely lost without jeopardizing health by cutting into your essential fat stores.  As a guide, body fat percentage differs for men and women with different cut-off values for health:

Classification Men Women
Risky (high body fat) > 30% > 40%
Excessive Fat 21-30% 31-40%
Moderately Lean 13-20% 23-30%
Lean 9-12% 19-22%
Ultra Lean 5-8% 15-18%
Risky (low body fat) < 5% < 15%

 

Special Instructions:

  • AVOID: Exercise or a large meal in the 2 hours before the test.
  • WHAT TO WEAR: Bring tight-fitting spandex exercise clothing to change into.  Women should wear a Speedo-type bathing suit or spandex shorts and a sports bra.  Men should wear compression shorts/underwear or spandex clothing.  Tight-fitting clothing is best for accurate test results.  The room will be very private and you will not be in front of anyone else but the researcher performing the test while you sit in the Bod Pod chamber.
  • LEAVE AT HOME: If possible, remove all jewelry and leave at home, since you will be asked to remove it for the test and we wouldn’t want you to lose it.
  • PARKING COST: There may be a cost to park in a UWO lot.  Make sure you bring some spare change with you.