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Tech: Body composition analysers

Body composition analysers are an excellent way to differentiate your club, as well as help your members get results. Kath Hudson reports

By Kath Hudson | Published in Health Club Management 2018 issue 8

Measuring an extensive number of metrics – including weight, body fat, muscle mass, bone density, hydration, metabolic age and visceral fat – in a matter of seconds, body composition analysers give members a detailed, accurate and no-holds barred view of their health.

The analysers use bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to get the readings, which estimates body composition by passing a small electric current through the body.

The results they generate give customers a very real summary of their health, their fitness levels and possible risk factors. This provides an excellent starting point for discussions with their trainers about goal setting, as well as being a great way to track progress and keeping members accountable.

Operators who’ve invested in scanners agree they boost revenue by attracting new clients, improving secondary spend and increasing retention. Regular scanning shows members the exact changes taking place in their body, even if this isn’t yet reflected on the scales.

Styku

Harry Boorman, RAW Performance
Harry Boorman, RAW Performance

Physicist turned entrepreneur, Raj Sareen, developed the first Styku prototype in 2011, and since the pivot into the health and fitness market in 2015, the company has seen a 550 per cent growth in turnover.

Distributed in the UK by React Fitness, Styku extracts millions of measurements with 2mm accuracy and reconstructs the body in 3D in 35 seconds.

It offers a 3D visual, which the user can rotate, pan or zoom and also enables them to change to profile, silhouette or cross-section views which are powerful for the customer to see.

The scanner also compares statistics and rankings and determines health risks, according to WHO guidelines.

Another advantage of investing in this technology is that it gives clubs a USP. Harry Boorman, co-director of RAW Performance in Hitchin, says: “Owning a Styku body scanner means we can offer a service which keeps us at the forefront of the ever-developing PT market. Rather than keeping it as an exclusive product, we use it as an everyday tool, replacing the weekly check-ins with a scan, which is a fast and far less intrusive way of measuring progress. People love the technology and science behind it, and they trust the results it gives.”

Boorman says the service has also proven to be popular and lucrative when it comes to driving sales, saying: “Every person who’s booked a scan has set a date for a second scan and most have upped their current PT sessions to try and work towards their goal faster.”

“Rather than keeping Styku as an exclusive product, we use it as an everyday tool, replacing the weekly check-ins with a scan” - Harry Boorman, RAW Performance

The Styku system creates 3D visuals to inform and motivate members
The Styku system creates 3D visuals to inform and motivate members

Bodygee

Launched in Switzerland in 2017, Bodygee came to the UK this year, debuting at the Elevate trade show. It offers a mobile solution which makes scanning convenient and means a dedicated room isn’t necessary. One of Bodygee’s USPs is that, in addition to a 3D-scanning-view, pictures have photo-realistic textures giving members an accurate view of what they really look like, rather than rendering them as a grey or silver body.

Bodygee offers a mobile solution that allows scanning to be done anywhere
Bodygee offers a mobile solution that allows scanning to be done anywhere
Bodygee is able to render 3D images photo-realistically to increase engagement
Bodygee is able to render 3D images photo-realistically to increase engagement

Boditrax

Jennifer Lonsdale, 
East Riding Leisure
Jennifer Lonsdale, East Riding Leisure

Founded in 2011, Boditrax has an open API, which allows for integration with other products, including Netpulse, Apple Health and Fitbit. There’s also a clinical nutrition model and a large suite of medical application tools.

East Riding Leisure has installed Boditrax scanners in seven of its sites since 2015 to assist in its weight, obesity and T2 diabetes programmes. “It has led to many of our clients approaching their health and wellbeing differently,” says Jennifer Lonsdale, healthy lifestyles development officer. “Now, they’re not just focusing on what’s reflected on the scales and we have particularly noticed men engaging with the instructors, asking about muscle imbalance and how to increase muscle mass.”

“Boditrax has led to many of our clients approaching their health and wellbeing differently” - Jennifer Lonsdale, East Riding Leisure

Boditrax scanners
Boditrax scanners

Fit3D

The Fit3D Proscanner takes 1,200 images of the member while they stand on a rotating plate and creates a virtual avatar to track body change. Members also get an insight into their overall health, based on their body shape, which they can keep track of via an online account, which logs both their scans and measurements.

Fit3D’s online accounts record scans and measurements to enable comparisons
Fit3D’s online accounts record scans and measurements to enable comparisons

Corevue

Corevue gives members’ body composition results in 15 seconds, using the latest bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology.

Results are immediately displayed and uploaded to the cloud to allow easy private monitoring, or sharing via social media, blogs or websites.

As Corevue accepts a range of payment methods, including contactless card, cash and bespoke payment such as loyalty cards, it can be installed in a club for members to use independently as and when they wish. It can also be integrated with other wellness trackers.

Accuniq

The Accuniq BC 720 is a multi-frequency, whole body and segmental body composition analyser which uses BIA to ensure accurate and precise results. Supported by an app, users can scan a QR code and then view results at any time. The data management software, Accuniq Manager, allows operators to easily keep track of clients’ results and manage data in a convenient format, across a number of devices and sites. The results page also makes comparisons to the healthy range.

FitQuest

John Treharne, The Gym Group
John Treharne, The Gym Group

Developed by MIE Medical Research, FitQuest was launched in 2013 and updated in April 2018. It takes four minutes to give gym members a measurement of their overall fitness and assesses performance across five tasks: balance, press ups, jump, steps and recovery. Eight parameters are measured: upper body strength, upper body endurance, cardiovascular fitness, lower body strength, lower body endurance, speed ability, explosive power and balance (motor sensory control). These results are combined to provide an overall fitness assessment.

After a pilot programme, low cost operator, The Gym Group, installed 44 FitQuest bodyscanners in 2017 and is currently rolling them out across the whole estate, where they’re being used to add value to the new LIVE IT membership programme.

Leisure Trust GLL has also been piloting FitQuest bodyscanners at the Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester and now intends to add more across its estate.

“FitQuest provides members with the tools and information they need to track and analyse their progress.” - John Treharne, The Gym Group

FitQuest – being used by The Gym Group and GLL, among others
FitQuest – being used by The Gym Group and GLL, among others
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