Sugar and spice and everything nice … well, we hate to be the ones to admit it but that’s what no one is made of. As a truly holistic wellness centre, a lot of philosophies we practice and preach are based in science. Giving you a tailored periodization plan to training and nutrition does not materialize ‘just because’. That’s not how you roll and we know you came to us because you were looking for something different, something that suits your life.

When we first met you, we went through a Functional Movement assessment to learn how you move, gave you The EPIC Life Formula test to know about your lifestyle and put you on that funky scale-machine to find out what you’re made of. And that machine, called InBody, has been one of our primary tools in evaluating your progress ever since.


WHAT’S INBODY?

InBody uses quantitative analysis and the bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) method to tell us what your body is literally made of. It knows you better than you know yourself.

The machine might look like a rocket ship but standing for 5 minutes on this imperative assessment tool tells us all we need to know about your body composition. Intra and Extra-cellular hydration, muscle mass and body fat are the components most closely related to our body’s overall health so those are the elements we’re measuring.

The BIA method was first used in the 1960s to measure water in the body by applying a small alternating current. The thought process here was that the resistance or electric resistivity in the current would change depending on how much water was in the body. By the 80s the BIA method was a single-frequency whole-body measurement for water but the results required statistical variables that could not be universally applied, so the results were often inaccurate.

The BIA method’s inaccuracy was a technology limitation which is where InBody comes in. Dr. Cha developed this machine in 1996 that could utilize the BIA method but, thanks to its technological innovation, give results with impeccable precision.


WHY WE USE IT?

InBody measures extracellular and intracellular water by analyzing the ability of a current (don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing!) to pass through your cell membranes. Extracellular water is water that– you guessed it– is outside of your cells but is super important as it helps move electrolytes, deliver oxygen to cells, and clears waste through metabolic processes. Intracellular water (inside your cells, you deduced) keeps cells alive and will pick up where the extracellular water left off helping with cellular processes.

What’s unique about this machine is that it can measure muscle mass for not just your body as a whole but for every single part of your body distinctly whether it’s your bicep or quad or torso– anything! More importantly, InBody is able to measure your visceral fat content. This is the deep fat that surrounds your organs and can contribute to hormone-disrupting behaviour which can cause a lot of problems and increase your health risk. 

To this day, a lot of fitness and health facilities simply put you on a scale, get your height and weight and voila, here is your magic number showing how ‘healthy’ you are (ie. BMI). Other methods include measuring your hips and waist and divide them looking for a certain number to tell us if you are at risk for things like diabetes or heart disease … not exactly foolproof. With InBody we get a number that is pinpoint accurate and allows us to take into consideration outside factors like lifestyle habits and emotional levels.


BIA VS BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a common method used to assess the health of an individual by comparing the amount of weight they carry to the height of the individual. In its most basic sense, BMI may be useful for identifying those who are at an increased health risk as a result of excess fat accumulation. And it’s incredibly outdated.

Despite the widespread use of BMI in clinical practice, BMI has always had many limitations and is a poor tracking tool for weight change because there’s no way to identify if changes in your weight are in fat or muscle. That’s because BMI is calculated simply by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height: BMI = kg/m2 .

Predicting health or mortality using a single number such as BMI oversimplifies health risks and ignores important factors that contribute to positive health. As you move away from BMI, you should focus on the percentage of body fat you have at your weight. With InBody, we call this PBF (percent body fat).

There is no consensus on what the best body fat level for health (the amount of fat storage that maximizes health by minimizing risk for adverse health states/conditions) is for the general population.

The normal body fat range provided by InBody is set at 10-20% for males (15% as ideal) and 18-28% for females (23% as ideal).


EPIC GAMECHANGER

A healthy balance between fat and muscle is vital for health and wellness throughout life. Scientific evidence shows that a healthy body composition will increase your lifespan, reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, insulin resistance, etc., increase energy levels, and improve self-esteem. These are just some of the reasons we make it a point to get your InBody Analysis on a regular basis.

It has been a game-changer when it comes to setting goals and following progress. This allows us to set realistic targets based on where your body is at the beginning of your training journey and better track results in a tangible way. It gives us a unique opportunity to fine-tune your training every step of the way. Don’t get us wrong - we measure and evaluate other aspects as well - this data is considered, but it isn’t the be all end all. We also evaluate the amount of time in nature you spend, what your energy levels are and how positive you feel about life. Subjective data matters too! 

If you haven’t been evaluated by us yet, you must. We give the most comprehensive assessment you will find. From movement to BIA to your feelings and your lifestyle habits - there is nothing we don’t uncover. Your weight or how many pounds you can lift aren’t the only numbers that matter when it comes to your training. If you are not being evaluated or are only being evaluated based on the scale - it’s time to see us and level up your life.

Want to know what you’re made of ? We’re offering 50 complimentary EPIC Life Assessments right now (first come first served) where we will take you through InBody Analysis PLUS Functional Movement Assessment and The EPIC Life Evaluation. Book yours now!