In short, YES but lets delve a little deeper. Ultrasound was first used to measure body composition in the 80's, yet studies and validations have taken place since the 50's.
Measuring fat thickness is an accurate technique to measure body composition. The benefit of ultrasound is that you can also measure muscle thickness too.
BodyMetrix uses fat and muscle thickness to increase accuracy. Several studies have compared the BodyMetrix to DEXA, BodPod, Hydrostatic and Bio-impedance methods.
The studies show good results with these more expensive and non-portable systems.
- BodyMetrix Vs Dexa
- BodyMetrix Vs BodPod
- BodyMetrix Vs Bodpod, Dexa
- BodyMetrix Vs BodPod, Calipers
- BodyMetrix Vs Hydrostatic, Calipers
- BodyMetrix Vs Bio Impedance
How it works
If you've landed on this page, you may already have an idea of what BodyMetrix is or what it can do. If not then I'll explain - BodyMetrix is a device that uses ultrasound to track changes to muscle and fat.
It does this by passing a painless sound wave though the body to produce an echo. The echo reflects off tissue structures to determine the thickness of fat and muscle.
On most areas of the body you will see two high signals. The first signal is usually the point where fat tissue and muscle meet. The second reflection is often the point where muscle and bone connect.
This information allows you to see millimeter changes to muscle and fat over time.
Reductions in the fat thickness throughout indicates a reduction in body fat percentage. It is also useful to be able to see that you are not losing muscle when you lose that fat. No other portable device can show this. Devices like BodyStat and Tanita show fat free mass but that's not the same as a true muscle measurement.
We have seen a growing trend of those who work in rehab want to have the ability track muscle recovery with patients. You can take BodyMetrix anywhere as it plugs into a tablet via USB. Muscle recovery measurements are also non- invasive and quick.
What people say
Who's using it?
- Pat Divilly - Pat Divilly Fitness
- Chris Brown - New Era Fitness
- Ben Griffiths - Project Spartan
- Gavin Hogarth - Fit Body Farm
- Warwickshire Fire & Rescue
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- University of Glasgow
An insight from Ben at Fast Way to Fitness
Here is what Ben Owen, head trainer and owner at Fast Way To Fitness said...
"At FAST way to fitness we're quite passionate about finding the RIGHT MEASURES for the individual.
You see, when
When undertaking a journey of body transformation
Sion Pritchard is one Diligent Mo-fo!
We've taken a number of metrics to measure his journey and one is using the BodyMetrix @intelametrix Ultrasound fat analyser from https://cartwrightfitness.co.uk
The results paint a clear enough picture of how much body fat he lost in just under a month. Both measures were taken after the same amount of water, sleep and food consumed.
This was a HUGE motivation for us as a trainer and client team. We were both made up by his progress.
Thought it was worth sharing as we can ALL sometimes measure the WRONG things... Money for happiness... Scales for progress... Or even measure things that don't motivate us.
Thought We'd share this with anyone who would like a more dynamic look at their progress than a set of scales and a 'how are you getting on'...
Feel free to comment, ask questions.
Again... Well done Sion.
Shows what happens when you take action without excuse.
Obsess and practice
But most importantly... Enjoy the journey!!"
Here are the screen shots showing progress before and after:
Ben knew BodyMertrix was the best solution for him to track clients body fat and muscle gains.
BodyMetrix validates exercise and nutrition by putting a yardstick in the sand. Collecting muscle data as well as body fat creates a true picture of body composition.
As the saying goes... "what gets measured gets managed"