Body composition assessments and packages

These assessments reveal the amount of fat mass in the body and therefore can be used to assess training or effectiveness of nutritional intervention. The assessments take into account the relative proportion between fat and lean mass and therefore provide a more accurate measurement of total body weight.

SECA mBCA 515: Bioelectrical impedance analysis

Measures: BMI, fat mass, fat-free mass, skeletal muscle mass, visceral adipose tissue, phase angle and more.

  • Price: £40
  • Duration: 20 minutes.

Our bioelectrical impedance device is the medical Body Composition Analyzer (mBCA) by Seca which breaks down weight into body compartments relevant to the practice of medicine. This seca device has been validated in several studies, comparing its highly accurate results to that of gold-standard techniques. In brief, the Seca mBCA is the ideal measurement tool for the diagnosis of many diseases such as current epidemics of obesity, diabetes or malnutrition, but also the tracking of body building and athlete performance.

Standard skinfold assessment

Measures:

  • General: Height, weight, BMI
  • Skinfolds: Biceps, triceps, subscapular, iliac crest site skinfolds
  • Girths: Waist, hip, waist and hip ratio (WHR).
     
  • Price: £45
  • Duration: 30 minutes.

We use the Harpenden skinfold caliper, the only Class 1 skinfold caliper tool for identifying levels of subcutaneous fat at specific anatomical landmarks throughout the body. All skinfold measures are performed by International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) certified and trained personnel.

Skinfolds provide useful data to track the progression of weight loss programmes, identifying body fat and lean tissue changes over time. The procedures are quick and non-invasive, explained in a comprehensive scientific report.

Premium skinfold assessment

Measures:

  • General: Height, weight, BMI
  • Skinfolds: Biceps, triceps, subscapular, iliac crest, supraspinale, abdominal, mid-axillary, thigh and calf site skinfolds
  • Girths: Waist, hip, mid-upper arm, calf. 
  • Bone breadths: Humerus, femur.
  • Price: £60
  • Duration: 40 minutes.

Using the same methodology as the standard skinfold assessment, the premium version adds more skinfold sites, girth circumference, and bone breadth measures. These additions further your knowledge of the distribution of fat tissue across the body. This is important information to put results into context of metabolic disorders such as risk of diabetes, central obesity and metabolic syndrome. This additional information would also be of interest to those seeking to change their body composition through weight training, such as body building.

Premium body composition

Includes: SECA mBCA 515 and premium skinfold assessment.

  • Price: £80
  • Duration: 50 minutes.

This package includes both the bioelectrical impedance analysis measurement, as well as the premium skinfold assessment for a full picture of body composition. Scientific reports would be sent to you describing methodology, findings and relevance of the data.

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Surrey Human Performance Institute
Surrey Sports Park
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
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