Body Comp FIT
A DEXA scan takes approximately 8-12 minutes to complete.
What is body composition?
Traditionally, body composition assessment involved determining %body fat and dividing the body into two compartments: fat mass and fat free mass. The latest technique, DEXA, measures %body fat and divides the body into three compartments: fat mass, bone mass, and lean mass. In addition, the DEXA method determines %fat, fat mass, bone mass and lean mass seperately for the arms, trunk, and legs.
How does FIT assess body composition?
Our primary method for assessing body composition is DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry). We consider DEXA to be the best body composition technique available because it is easy and comfortable for the client. You lie down on an open “table” for aproximately 8 minutes while your body is scanned, it’s extremely accurate, and it measures regional (arms, trunk, and legs) as well as total body %fat, fat mass, bone mass, and lean mass. This regional, three compartment analysis is superior not only for an initial assessment, but also for tracking change. For example, with a weight training program the total increase in muscle mass and the increase in muscle mass in the arms, trunk, and legs can be determined. Click here for sample results from DEXA (For complete details on DEXA go to http://nutrition.uvm.edu/bodycomp/.)
Sample scans. The scan on the left is bone mass and the scan on the right is soft tissue. The lines are used to separate the body regions.
Why is body composition important?
Body composition is very important for overall health and for athletic performance. An excessive amount of body fat is a risk factor for heart disease, type II diabetes, and other diseases. At the same time, having too little body fat can be detrimental to your health. For many athletes performance is improved with optimal body composition. Click here for % body fat standards.
How much does Body Comp FIT cost?
- UT Affiliates $75
- General Public $90
Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education.
Package Pricing (General Public Only)
- Body Comp FIT Platinum: Bundle Body Comp FIT with any two FIT services for only $230 and save $40!(package pricing excludes lactate testing and programs) NOTE: This offer is only available to the general public.
Where is the testing conducted?
The testing is conducted in Bellmont Hall room 966.
How long does testing take?
The testing and results consultation take 60 minutes.
How do I make an appointment?
Call the FIT office at (512) 471-0081.
How do I pay?
Pre-pay online with a credit card or on-site with check or cash.
What about parking?
You will receive a Visitor's Parking Permit from the FIT staff when you arrive for testing. Refer to Parking Instructions for further information.
How do I prepare for my body composition analysis?
- Do not eat or exercise vigorously for 2 hours prior to testing.
- Metal effects DEXA measures, so wear appropriate clothing i.e. zipper free shorts or pants, wireless bra.