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Try a 3D Body Scan

A physical picture of your training progress can help you achieve fitness goals sooner.

Every athlete knows that education is a crucial part of performance. Sport and exercise research, insight from top trainers, science, and technology help you to better understand your body so you can craft a healthier lifestyle, workouts, and recovery plan.

In our daily news series, experts address some of the latest fitness research, nutrition, style, and health stories.


THE GIST
Three-dimensional body scanners are becoming one of the top technologies used by athletes and trainers to monitor gains in the gym. The machine uses a scale and connected sensors to record hundreds of different measurements and generate a 3D avatar of your body that shows the areas of lean muscle mass and where fat is stored.
EXPERT INSIGHT

“These 3D scans are very instrumental thanks to the immediate full-picture image they present when measuring physical progress,” says Rolando Garcia, manager of the Columbus Circle location of E at Equinox. “Although caliper instruments can compile relevant data, they do not carry the emotional impact of an illustrated record." Moreover, body scans allow for a visualization of changes in complex and site-specific body areas such as the upper arms and thighs, which translates to a more accurate tracking of body mass composition. “This aspect is crucial, since it serves as the basis of important conversations around creating a personalized routine and behavior modification needed to affect change," adds Garcia. 

THE BOTTOM LINE
Though not essential, Garcia recommends getting a 3D body scan every nine weeks no matter your fitness level, since doing so can positively change your approach to fitness and wellness. "It serves as a wake-up call and helps keep athletes accountable.”