Date with the Bod Pod

Hi guys! Happy INDIAN FOOD WEDNESDAY! And holler to Michelle who celebrated a day early ๐Ÿ™‚ Whoโ€™s having Indian food tonight?

Some eggplant curry perhaps?

eggplant curry (2)

Or gajar halwa? ๐Ÿ˜€


This post is gonna be a quickie because I have a date with the Bod Pod.


That funny little egg-shaped apparatus is going to tell me my body fat percentage and BMR (basal metabolic rate โ€“the amount of calories Iโ€™d burn if I laid in bed all day). You have to make an appointment on base, wear spandex (yeehaw!) and a swim cap (Iโ€™ll take pictures haha) and sit still in there while it calculates the informaciรณn.

From this website:

The BOD POD is an Air Displacement Plethysmograph (ADP) that uses whole body densitometry to determine body composition (fat vs. lean). Similar in principle to underwater weighing, the BOD POD measures body mass (weight) using a very precise scale, and volume by sitting inside the BOD POD. Body density can then be calculated:
Density = Mass/Volume
Once the overall density of the body is determined, the relative proportions of body fat and lean body mass are calculated.

Iโ€™m pretty stoked because this method is more accurate than using calipers and will be a great way to track progress while doing Insanity. As yaโ€™ll know, I believe that weight is a silly number and body fat % and how your jeans fit are the best way to see how youโ€™re doinโ€™.

Have you had your body fat percentage checked before? What method did you use??

If not, most gyms will do it for free. There are many ways to measure body fat (hand-held body fat analyzer, calipers, Bod Pod) and they all have different levels of accuracy, but as long as you use the same method consistently, youโ€™ll be able to track progress. Then throw your scale away, mmm k??

For dinner last night, I didnโ€™t want to make anything fancy schmancy since GLEE was on ๐Ÿ˜€ (and HOW AWESOME was Glee last night??!! The songs = mayjah chills)

fish and veg

I just had some baked wild-caught cod with cayenne, sea salt and pepper, and stir fry veggies and spinach with Nama shoyu, Garlic Gold, and rice vinegar. (And a little later, had some oatmeal.. I tried having breakfast before going to bed last night so Iโ€™d have fuel in my boday for this morning- it worked pretty well!)

This morning, the girls came over bright and early for our workout- we did the pure cardio and cardio abs DVDs today. I LOVE the abs workout. Itโ€™s ridiculous (of course), but feels amazing.

Post workout smoothie:


-almond milk


-hemp seeds

-1 scoop Sun Warrior


-raw cacao powder

-frozen strawberries


Iโ€™m off to base to hop in the bod pod ๐Ÿ™‚ See ya later today with a readerโ€™s request post on Protein Powder.



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  1. Nichole on April 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I have seen the Bod Pod but have not had the pleasure to test it out. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!! Totally agree w/ kicking the scale out, it’s all about body fat percentage.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    wow, the bod pod is intense ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you have fun in there!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet on April 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The bod pod is so cool! I would love to do hydrostatic testing but we don’t have it around us anywhere here. I think it costs an arm and a leg, too.

  4. Hanna on April 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

    oo i have always wanted to the bod pod, but i am too claustrophobic…
    When i worked at a gym they would run specials all the time with the bod pod and calipers. I never did either, but i did do the basal metabolic rate test through a different machine. I forget what it is called…you breathe through a long tube for about 5-10 minutes, with your nose plugged.
    It was SUPER helpful!! Seeing how many calories i burnt before i even exercised gave me a good idea of why i felt so tired sometimes, and how to adjust my diet…i would highly recommend that test to anyone!
    Excited to hear about the bod pod!

  5. Ian on April 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Let’s say your scale is what tells you your body fat %… ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

      hahah. if your over/under hydrated or you ate a lot of salt, that number can be wayyyyy off. so take that number with a grain of sea salt ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. LindsayK on April 28, 2010 at 10:24 am

    yay for the bod pod! so true that the number on the scale does not rule all. and looking forward to the protein post! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

  7. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Ahhhh that Bod Pod is CRAAAAZY!!! Looks like a mini spaceship ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ CAN’T WAITTT to see the pics!!! LOL

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

      it does look like a spaceship! so funny

  8. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I want to go into the bod pod!! I have seen that on biggest loser, I should look into where there is on and if its covered by my insurance! And I’ll take one of those smoothies please!

  9. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on April 28, 2010 at 10:45 am

    The bod pod looks so funny! I think knowing your body fat percentage is definately more useful that weight.

  10. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on April 28, 2010 at 10:48 am

    The bod pod- interesting. I don’t think I would like that!!

  11. Jen on April 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I love having breakfast the night before an early morning workout. I eat a late meal before my long early morning runs.

  12. Ashley on April 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

    How long do you sit in the Bob Pod?

    I celebrated Indian Wednesday yesterday also…delicious!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

      i think it’s about 30 seconds??

  13. ellie on April 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your experience in the bod pod! I haven’t used one of those – but I did get to have a full body scan wearing a spandex suit. The body scanner I was in was more about getting body measurements – I did it in college as a clothing design major. It certainly was interesting to see a full body scan of myself! I wish I knew where all of that paperwork was! haha…of course, it is a few years old now…

  14. LisaG on April 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Bod Pod looks like a tictac w/ a window!

  15. Erica on April 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

    haha have fun! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. I have had mine done at the gym- I agree that it is a way better method to measuring how well you’re doing vs. weight. All of our bodies are too different to look at just weight! Have a great Indian Food Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Jenny on April 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

    That looks like so much fun! Maybe I’ll get some Indian take out tonight:)

  17. Katie on April 28, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I agree with previous comments that the Bod Pod looks like a spaceship! I’ve never heard of that but I’d love to be able to “do” (is that the correct verb to use here…?) That!

    How long do you have to sit in there??

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

      i think it’s about 30 seconds? not long.. i hope. i’m claustrophobic haha

  18. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on April 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

    What a cool little contraption! I had my body fat % taken awhile ago and would love to have it taken again. My old spin instructor did it for me but she doesn’t work at our little gym anymore. I don’t know if anyone else there does it…hmmmm…need to ask!

  19. CertifiablyFit on April 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Super jealous you are getting to use the Bod Pod! I’m very interested in seeing what my results would be if I got a chance to get in one.

  20. Mary on April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I’d love a bodpod test. I use the $6 Accu Measure plastic calipers sold on Amazon. I agree, the scale can be a problem.

  21. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on April 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

    The Bod Pod looks so cool! I remember seeing it on that Bravo show about the gym, and was so jealous of all the clients who get to use it. My gym has a scale that also does body fat, muscle mass, water, etc. and is pretty nice to have. It’s always fun to see what those things say, I like them much better than numbers on a scale!

  22. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on April 28, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Would love to hop in the pod !

  23. Kilee on April 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I have never seen a bod pod before. I’m all for basing fitness goals on body fat percentages and cardio/strength levels over using a scale. Let us know how it goes and hope your indian food turns out well tonight!

  24. Shannon on April 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    That’s so cool that you get to try out the pod! LOVE Glee. Last night’s episode may or may not have made me tear up. (The part where Finn’s mom was talking about talking to his “dad” at night and waiting for a response… oh gosh, I’m tearing up thinking about it.) I don’t comment much, but thanks for the inspiration, as always!

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      ahhh i definitely cried during glee.
      thank YOU for reading <3

  25. Karyn on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

    i’ve never had my bf% checked. actually i think i did it with a device where i held it in my hands and it checked? but i’m not too sure how reputable it was. i’d love to do a bod pod check but don’t really care that much about knowing so i’m not really pursuing it. plus it looks like an alien pod or something ๐Ÿ˜›

  26. Hilary @ Purelicious on April 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Ooooh, fun! I wish I had access to one of those! Kinda looks like a little spaceship ready to take-off ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I need to cough up the money for a caliper. The gym I currently train at doesn’t have them. SO I just use the ol’ measuring tape for clients who want to track progress. The bod pod looks fun (and sounds more accurate!) though!

  28. Carrie on April 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I’ve had my body fat tested twice using calipers. The first time, I wanted to jump off a cliff at the number (“but I’m a size twoooOO! How can that be?!?”) and the second time, a year later after re-doing the diet and exercise, the number was scary low. So, I averaged the two and called it good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’d love to do the water tank test.

  29. Amara on April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I know numbers are personal, but I would love to hear your opinion on where you feel a good body fat percentage should be. These figure competitions –we’re looking for single digits, and other places say 22% is ideal. I’m thinking somewhere in the middle for everyday, but would love to hear your thoughts, or where you aim for.

  30. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    that’d be cool to go in a bod pod and get those results, i think it’d be freaky tho! I am claustrophobic so i think it would suck.

  31. Madison on April 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I had my body fat tested in the bod pod before. It was pretty cool and kinda scary when you have to sit very still in the pod when it is doing it’s thing. I am a small person but I imagine man and taller people may feel cramped in that pod.

  32. Madison on April 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Oops, I meant to say “men” not just one man…hahaha.

  33. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on April 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve always wanted to get that test done, but have no idea where to find a Bod Pod near me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m trying your eggplant curry tonight. I’ll let you know how it comes out!

  34. girlinaustin on April 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Gina, have you tried Saag Paneer. My favorite and good blend of protein and veggies.

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

      no i haven’t! paneer is cheese though, right? i wish they had goat cheese :/

  35. Have fun in the pod!!

    We are having Indian Wednesday but going out for an Indian meal for date night. Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Danielle (Coffee Run) on April 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    We have a bod pod at our university! I’ve always thought it’d be cool to get evaluated ๐Ÿ˜€ Does it do % muscle? I think that’d be beneficial too

  37. Lisa of Lisa at Home on April 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    That’s amazing! I wish my gym had that. Happy Indian Food Wednesday wooo!

  38. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Oh, I would love to enter the Bod Pod. Maybe I need to search out a place to get it done. Seems like it’s a good way to really understand where your body is at physically.

  39. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on April 28, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Indian is on the menu for tonight — can’t wait for a big bowl of curry! ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Mama Pea on April 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I loved Glee last night too. I’d been disappointed since their return, but they totally redeemed themselves last night! I cried. And then I watched The Hills and cried some more.

    Good luck with the Pod!

  41. Eve on April 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your Blog.

    I use the Tanita balance to get my body fat%, weight, hydration level and my BMI. I finally bought one instead of having to use the one at my local gym.

  42. jen trinque on April 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Last night we went out for Indian Food and I totally thought, “Gee, it’s Tuesday, I should be waiting for Indian Food Wednesday”. However, I had leftovers of my veggie korma that I just ate for lunch,so I guess it was Indian Food Tuesday AND Wednesday for me. Have fun in the bodpod.

  43. girlinaustin on April 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Paneer is cheese, and my mom makes here from milk

    • Fitnessista on April 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      thanks girl ๐Ÿ™‚ i might try to make goat milk paneer one of these days

  44. Kelly on April 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes. Love Glee!

  45. Midgetkeeper on April 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    That looks so cool! Can’t wait to hear about it.

  46. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Oooh…I’ve never even heard of that! It looks like something from a sci-fi movie! ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on April 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I’m excited to hear about your experience with the Bod Pod! I’ve been wanting to try it, but I’m not sure if there’s one in my area, or how expensive it is to get measured…

    For now, I use a body fat scale at home. I know it’s not the most accurate, but I figure as long as I’m consistent with it, it will tell me how I’m progressing!

    Indian food sounds so good right now… maybe I’ll try making something at home tonight!

  48. Catherine on April 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Haha that bod pod looks like it’s about to take off at any moment!! I have gotten my body fat checked with calipers before, but I always wonder exactly how accurate those are – it just seems so subjective bc you could either be pinching too hard or too light.

  49. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I, too believe jeans & bf% are the best indicators of health! Weight and BMI are just numbers!!


  50. Tay on April 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    That’s really interesting! Is it more or less accurate than underwater weighing? For my Advanced Metabolism class, we got our body fat analyzed in 3 ways: underwater weighing, calipers, and an electric method (I forget what it was called). It was crazy how different the percentages came out to be with each method! The underwater weight was most accurate and in the middle, but there was about a 6% difference between the electric and caliper methods! We also got our BMR tested with a machine that we breathed into. It was quite interesting!

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