Exercise equipment has come a long way in recent decades, from clunky machines now covered by rust in most gyms to state-of-the-art ellipticals that estimate heart-rate and calories burned. As cutting-edge technology continues to make its way into the burgeoning fitness industry, new opportunities abound for ordinary people to track their exercise results and overall health in ways that were previously inconvenient, unaffordable, or otherwise inaccessible.

Case in point: the InBody machine, which is used to measure body composition. With a resume boasting professional sports teams and top hospitals, InBody machines can also be found in local gyms across the country.

So how does it work, exactly? The website elaborates on the key differences between measuring weight and body composition.

Body composition analysis is essential to completely understand health and weight as traditional methods of assessing health, such as BMI, can be misleading. Going beyond your weight, body composition analysis breaks down your body into four components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water.

InBody body composition analyzers break down your weight and display your body composition data on an organized, easy-to-understand Result Sheet.  The results help you understand where your fat, muscle, and body levels are at and act as a guide to help you achieve your goals: whether that is shedding a few unwanted pounds or a complete body transformation.

In a recent story for WCAX in Vermont, Jamie Sheahan, director of nutrition for The EDGE Total Health Network, described the morale boost that the InBody machine can provide.

“Nothing is more demoralizing than making a lot of positive changes, working really, really hard, and not seeing the scale budge,” Sheahan said. “I’ve seen it time and time again where I’ll have clients come back to me and they’re saying, ‘I’ve done all this hard work and I stepped on the scale today and nothing.’ And we’ll put them on the InBody and we’ll see it’s because the gained 10 pounds of muscle and they lost 10 pounds of body fat.”

For many people, it can take close to two months to build or break a habit, so getting through the first few weeks of a new workout routine is pivotal. That can prove especially challenging when results are not apparent.

While the InBody machine itself may not be affordable for everyone, the spread of body composition awareness is a good start and widespread availability of these products in gyms and medical centers around the world sounds like a great destination.

To read reporter Cat Viglienzoni’s full article for WCAX, click here.