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for her clients—who include athletes, cardiac patients, people with diabetes, and people who want to lose weight—to the bioelectrical impedance system. “The technology has been around


for a long time, but it wasn’t well de- veloped until several years ago,” says Mansfield, owner of Peak Performance in Ottawa. “Today the equipment is much more accurate, and it provides much more data.”


the assessment shows changes in body composition over


“It’s fascinating how


time, especially for obese clients. When I can tell them that they have fabulous lean body mass, for example, the


compliment really motivates them.”


Client preparation for a bioelectrical


impedance assessment is straightfor- ward and undemanding: for the most accurate results, clients must avoid food, caffeine, alcohol and exercise pri- or to testing, and they should urinate 30 minutes prior to testing. Clubs and assessors alike appreci-


ate that the training required to im- plement the test is almost nil. With Mansfield’s equipment, clients simply stand on foot pads and clasp two arms of the machine. She then inputs the client’s height, age and gender, and the machine provides a complete re- port in about 20 seconds. Because the procedure is completely non-invasive, it doesn’t cause the psychological dis- comfort that can result with some oth- er methods. Where skill is required is in the


interpretation of the data, says Mansfield, noting that her equipment provides readings such as total body fat, regional body fat, lean body mass and regional body mass. “It’s fascinating how the assessment


shows changes in body composition over time, especially for obese clients. When I can tell them that they have fabulous lean body mass, for example,


While Attila Teleki is qualified to use both calipers and bioelectrical imped- ance, he finds most clients are more comfortable and motivated when they track number-free data.


the compliment really motivates them,” says Mansfield, who charges $50 per assessment and uses a body composition analyzer from InBody Canada. The quality and accuracy of the


equipment varies greatly from brand to brand, says Eric Lavoie owner of InBody Canada, noting that the Quebec chain Nautilus Plus was his first fitness customer about 10 years ago. “Our machine is classified by Health Canada as a Class II medical device and has eight points of contact. Others may have just two points of contact and may use empirical data to approximate results instead of using a direct measurement, so their accuracy will be completely different.” The InBody machines require no


special maintenance and range from $6,500 to $25,000, the most expensive


version typically being used for re- search and medical applications. Fitness clubs usually opt for the $6,500 or $12,000 versions, says Lavoie, which provide data such as visceral fat and intracellular and extracellular fat. According to Mansfield, the positive


feedback she receives from clients is a huge plus. “When clients see the data I’m able to provide, they understand their bodies so much better. They say ‘Wow, that’s the most interesting piece of information I’ve ever seen.’”


Or there’s the simpler approach At Canada Life’s corporate fitness


centre in Toronto, fitness and wellness consultant Attila Teleki confirms that his employer, TriFit, has also moved toward bioelectrical impedance at its dozens of corporate locations. He


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