Bod Pod

What is the Bod Pod?

The BOD POD Gold Standard Body Composition Tracking System is an Air Displacement Plethysmograph which uses whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in adults and children. The BOD POD also offers information on Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Total Energy Expenditure (TEE) as an optional component of every body composition test. This data is provided without requiring the subject to perform any additional testing maneuvers, and a complete assessment requires only about 5 minutes.

Who uses it?

  • The Mayo Clinic
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • The Ohio State University
  • 38 Military Installations
  • 32 NFL Teams
  • The NFL Combine

Why use it?

Body composition (percent fat and lean muscle mass) reflects the results of both physical activity and nutritional practices. Body weight alone can be very misleading. The scale cannot tell the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle. Over time, people tend to gain fat and lose muscle without an obvious change in their weight. Even though we need a certain amount of fat in our bodies to insure good health, excess body fat has been found to increase the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Only by accurately assessing body composition will one know exactly what makes up their weight, enabling sensible decisions regarding nutrition and exercise programs to be made. It’s the single best way for a person to get the "whole picture" of what's really going on in their body. The BOD POD’s precision, accuracy, and reliability have been validated through many independent research studies with various subject populations and in the field by leading universities, sports teams, fitness clubs, military organizations, and weight management centers.


  • Body Fat %
  • Lean Muscle Mass
  • FAT Mass
  • Resting Metabolic Rate
  • Total Energy Expenditure
  • Body Volume


  • No eating, drinking or exercising for two hours beforehand. A little water is fine, no more than 5 ounces.
  • Tight, form-fitting clothing provides the most accurate readings.
  • For men: Speedo, compression shorts, tights and most underwear are acceptable.
  • For women: One piece bathing suits, compression shorts, underwear, tights, most bathing suits and sports bras are acceptable. Exclusions include anything with padding or wire in it.