So, let me first say that I am biased to what about I’m to recommend. I am biased because I own the service that I am recommending you use. I don’t care who you use, just have it done! It is my opinion that anyone wanting to lose fat, build lean mass or wanting to track key fitness and health metrics longitudinally should have hydrostatic body composition testing every 90-120 days. Now, to be transparent, I own a body composition mobile lab that uses this method. I purchased the truck and territory 3 months ago, first of all because I believe in the science and second to support the growth of our gyms for future development.
Just so you know, I am not the only one who thinks it is important to know your body composition. Elite sport teams and olympic class athletes have hydrostatic measurement several times throughout the year to support training intervention.
Hydrostatic body composition analysis is presently the gold standard test (ACOSM) for measuring lean mass(muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue, bone and organs) and fat mass(adipose tissue). According to the American College of Sports Medicine, hydrostatic weighing has only about a 2 – 3% margin of error. This is much lower than the error rates for any of the other ways of measuring body fat! People get their body fat tested to find out their % of body fat. While this is great information, there are also several other metrics that are just as important. Here are the things you should look for when having testing;
% Body Fat
% Lean Mass
Body Fat mass (lbs)
Lean Mass (lbs)
RMR (resting metabolic rate)
TMR (training metabolic rate)
These laboratory values can support not only weight loss, but also lean mass development through strength programming. Here are some ways that you can use this valuable information;
- If wanting to track loss of body fat, you can measure % of body fat and also lean mass to insure your weight loss is not from lean mass due to improper diet
- If you are in a strength cycle and wanting to track lean mass growth
- If you are wanting to lean out for competition and want to be sure you have the body fat to lose without sacrificing lean mass and losing strength or capacity
- To find the best mix of strength training and metabolic conditioning to tweak your programming for improved results
Knowing this information can support the most efficient path to training and performance and limit costly mistakes due to not having measurable data that is reliable. You can lean out without losing strength, gain muscle mass using the most efficient methods and insure that your nutrition and training are supporting maximum results!
So, the next time someone asks you, “what are you made of?” You will know exactly how to answer.