Charlotte Ord is head trainer at the Godalming gym and owner of the Ord Academy and coach to the England Women’s Lacrosse Team and trainer on the Hit ITV1 show, The Biggest Loser!

She discusses her preferred method of body composition measurement below on recent blog post.


We all know how important it is for many of our clients to have a quantitative measure of their progress.

Just feeling slimmer or even looking slimmer often is enough. They want to see solid numbers.

Of course, weight isn’t too hot a figure to go on because it doesn’t give you any indication of body composition changes, which leaves you in a pretty precarious position because even if your client’s doing great, dropped fat and gained muscle, they’re gonna feel like a failure if there’s no shift on the scale.

At my club we’ve tried pretty much every combo of plausible data collection (I’ve tried to figure out where we could put a hydrostatic pool, but it’s just not happening. Meh).

Anyway, probably like you we’ve used weight, circumference measurements, 3, 7 and 12 site caliper testing, biosig methodology, yada yada yada.

And all of them have their merits and short comings.

By far the most successful data collection we’ve ever used is the Bodymetrix Ultrasound, and I just wanted to tell you a bit about it because loads of you have been asking what it’s really like.

I must say, I’m a fan.

There’s some really awesome things about this piece of kit.

First off, it enables you to accurately and consistently measure body fat thickness and identify changes to muscle tissue structure.

Secondly, it shows you quite clearly someone’s body fat distribution and patterning, which my team and I find super helpful in piecing together our members’ hormonal picture, in combination with detailed questionnaires (if you’re not assessing you’re guessing, so make sure make like Sherlock and dot the i’s).

Thirdly, it offers you a whole range of different testing methodologies within the software, so that you can select the one that best suits your time availability and client needs (for example, a 1 site site might be more comfortable for someone who is very body conscious).

Fourth, it’s cutting edge and looks the part. People are impressed with it, and if you’ve got a very high end business like mine, it’s important to offer the best of everything.

Fifth, it develops a comprehensive report that you can send direct to your clients at the click of a button. Which saves a hell of a lot of time. And that’s something we all need more of.

And finally, there’s no uncomfortable pinching. It looks professional, feels professional, and is professional.

Like all things that are any good, it’s not cheap. But I now own two of them and wouldn’t go back to any other method.

If you wanna find out more about the Bodymetrix, check it out HERE. And no, I’m not on commission 😉


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