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

Next Available Test Date(s):
Monday December 14, 2015 (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday January 19, 2016 (appointment openings: 5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm)

To Sign Up, Contact: Jennifer Broxterman, Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist by emailing to reserve your spot

Cost: $50/analysis (PAY ONLINE)
IMPORTANT: Please use the link above to pay online ASAP with a credit card. BOD POD reservations will not be confirmed until you pay in advance to secure your spot. A receipt will be provided after receiving your electronic payment. Once booked and paid for, all BOD POD reservations are final and refunds or rescheduling the appointment is not permitted.

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)

Appointment Length: 15 minutes
The test itself takes approximately 2 minutes to perform, but each person is given a 15-minute appointment window to have your body composition measurements taken in the BOD POD machine, your results generated and printed out on the spot, and the analysis explained to you.

Results to Take Home: A copy of your BOD POD results will be printed on the spot and given to you to take home to keep.

2016 BOD POD Dates (all times between 5:30-7:30pm)
-Tuesday January 19, 2016
-Tuesday February 9, 2016
-Tuesday March 15, 2016
-Tuesday April 12, 2016
-Tuesday May 17, 2016
-Tuesday June 14, 2016
-Tuesday July 19, 2016
-Tuesday August 16, 2016
-Monday September 19, 2016
-Monday October 17, 2016
-Monday November 21, 2016
-Monday December 12, 2016

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.