What Is A Body Composition Monitor And Why You Should Start Using One

A body composition monitor will provide you with a range of information about your body, giving you intricate detail on a range of measurements including body fat, muscle mass, bone density and even metabolic age, providing real insight into your health and workout progress. But what is it and why should you add it to your workout programme?


Why Should You Use One?

Do you want to know if the work you’re putting in is helping you to progress? Then a body competition machine will do just that for you. If you were just using a scale to measure your progress then it can be misleading. For example, if you’re trying to lose fat with a weight training program, then it might be the case that your body weight remains the same or even increases on a normal set of weight scales. 

However, what is probably happening in combination with a healthy diet, is that you are turning fat into muscle, so although your weight may have increased, you’ve burnt fat and turned it into muscle. A regular scale won’t pick this up but a body composition monitor will, allowing you to see your progress without you wondering whether the increased weight is down to fat or muscle growth.


How To Use The Tanita Body Composition Monitor

The Tanita body composition scales at our Gym Plus locations works by sending an imperceptible and entirely safe current through your body called bioelectrical impedance analysis. The body composition monitors then easily track and record muscle, fat, bone and water and combine with formulas and your own data (such as gender and age) it then accurately details the composition of your body. 

The scales track a range of measurements, including:

  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Visceral Fat
  • Body Water Percentage
  • Muscle Mass
  • Muscle quality
  • Physique Rating
  • Bone Density
  • Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Metabolic Age


All you need to do is stand on the scale and hold the handles lightly. The body composition monitor does all the rest. And within seconds you’ll have highly detailed body composition information, all accessible through the FitSense app. 


What Do The Results Of A Body Composition Monitor Mean?

The measurements you’ll receive at first will be hard to comprehend, as it will look like a bunch of numbers. However, dig a little bit deeper below the surface and you’ll have a picture of your health. Pay particular attention to your visceral fat and muscle mass, this will give you an idea of your fat to muscle ratio across your body and if tracked, allows you to see improvements in this area. 

It will also allow you to ensure your body is up to scratch generally with bone density and body water results, giving you peace of mind that you’re in good shape. It’s a way for you to be confident in how your body is operating, giving you confidence in your health that goes deeper than just looks. With Gym Plus, it’s easy to track your body composition stats with the FitSense app, which means you have access to your metrics at any time.


Find Body Composition Monitors At Gym Plus

You’ll find the best body composition monitors at Gym Plus that focus on the information you need and allow you to measure your health and track your progress with accuracy. Why not come into a Gym Plus location today and track your health with more precision than ever before?



Written by Craig Shields


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