InBody Composition Analysis
An InBody test provides a detailed look at what makes up you. When you step on a scale, you can’t see how much muscle or fat you have — you see a number with no context. InBody is an advanced body composition analyzer that provides quick, accurate and noninvasive testing. Its technology leads the field of bioelectrical impedance analysis, and it has a 98-percent correlation with gold-standard body composition analysis methods like DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry).
Scheduling A Test
Members may purchase an assessment at a branch Welcome Center or register online. The 30-minute session includes the assessment and interpretation of results with a Y trainer. The following branches currently offer InBody Assessments:
- Dan McKinney Family YMCA: Make an appointment online here.
- Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA: Make an appointment online here.
- McGrath Family YMCA: Call the branch at (619) 462-9622 to make an appointment.
- Mission Valley YMCA: Make an appointment online here.
- Ryan Family YMCA: Make an appointment at the welcome center or contact Jeff Bence at [email protected].
- South Bay Family YMCA: Make an appointment online here.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PERFORM A TEST?
The InBody test lasts approximately 45 seconds, and is followed by a short consultation to describe the data and answer questions.
InBody Test Breakdown
InBody’s medical-grade body composition analyzers use four pillars of technology to provide accurate, precise direct segmental measurement multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (DSM-MFBIA) extensively validated to gold-standard methods. Using only 100 percent impedance, results are accurate, personalized, instant and reflect your unique body composition:
Understand Your Weight: When you measure your weight, what are you actually seeing? Weight alone is a poor indicator of health because it does not distinguish fat from muscle. The InBody divides weight into water, muscle and fat.
Body Composition: Your total body weight is broken down into skeletal muscle mass and fat mass. This gives us an insight into your body composition.
Manage Your Fat: Understand your distribution of body fat mass through segmental fat analysis. See each segment’s weight and percentage to track changes in fat. The visceral fat level reveals the fat content surrounding your organs.
Measure Your Strength: How much muscle do you have in your arms? Your legs? With the InBody test, discover how many pounds of muscle you have distributed in each portion of your body. See which exercises bring out the best results.
Monitor Your Water: Monitor the changes in your ECW/TBW ratio for water retention or edema. The normal ratio of ECW/TBW is between 0.360 and 0.390. The ideal ratio is 0.380.
Set Your Goals: Measuring your body-fat percentage allows you to better gauge your health, allowing you to achieve goals and bring that percentage down.
Track Your Progress: Knowing how much fat and muscle you have is only the beginning. With your baseline set, taking the InBody test periodically allows you to monitor and track the changes in your body.
Preparing For Test
For the most accurate and consistent results we suggest the following:
- Hydrate well the day before.
- Do not drink caffeine on the day of your test.
- Do not eat for 3-4 hours prior to testing.
- Do not exercise 6-12 hours prior to testing.
- Do not take InBody test immediately after a shower or sauna.
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing.
- Ensure access to both feet with removable footwear (no socks or pantyhose).
- Avoid using lotion on hands or feet.
- For females, avoid testing if you are pregnant or menstruating.
- Individuals with pacemakers or other electronic medical devices should not take the InBody test.
WHAT ARE IMPORTANT GUIDELINES USERS SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT DO BEFORE A TEST?
Before a test, you should:
- Use the bathroom
- Maintain the same testing conditions as your first test
- Use an InBody tissue to wipe down electrodes (provided)
- Avoid eating or wait two hours after a meal
Avoid testing if before the test, you:
- Exercised strenuously
- Used a sauna, steam room, or bath
- Consumed diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol, and medication
- Have a fever, cold, or chill
WHY DO I NEED TO REMOVE MY SHOES AND SOCKS FOR THE TEST?
Because the bottom of your feet must be in direct contact with the electrodes, clothing items such as shoes, socks, stockings or leggings must be removed for accurate results.
WHAT FACTORS CAN AFFECT THE ACCURACY OF MY TEST RESULTS?
Changes in body composition reflect body status, which may be affected by factors such as disease, nutrition, hydration, and medication. Accessories such as jewelry may interfere with electrical conductivity. It is recommended to maintain the same testing conditions from test to test to produce high data reproducibility and comparability.
WHO ARE NOT RECOMMENDED TO TAKE AN INBODY TEST?
People with artificial electrical implants such as a defibrillator or pacemaker should not be tested. The electrical currents of the InBody may disrupt the functionality of life-sustaining implants.
Women who are on their menstrual cycle may not get obtain accurate results due to subtle changes in hydration and body water levels.
Pregnant women are not recommended to take the test because of the body’s constant fluctuations during pregnancy.