At the Summit Area YMCA, our Wellness Team is here to help you on your wellness journey to go beyond the scale. A common misconception amongst those seeking to becoming healthier is that "weight loss" is the key. However, the body is more than just numbers on the scale. The human body is comprised of water, muscle, fat and other compounds that add up to create "weight," and a diet or workout routine can influence the balance of those compounds either positively or negatively. Whether you are seeking to build muscle, lose weight or becoming more healthy in general, we strive to provide staff, programs, resources and equipment that can best help you to achieve your goals.
With the InBody 570, users are able to get a comprehensive body composition analysis that provides data about your body in under 1 minute. 45 seconds, to be exact! By simply standing on the machine and holding the hand electrodes, the InBody machine is able to measure fat, muscle and water levels, and by inputting your phone number, all your data is saved to InBody's cloud based database management system where you can easily view and manage your progress anytime, anywhere.
“It’s the coolest thing ever," said Jay Jacobs, Summit YMCA Wellness Navigator and Public Speaker, “Once you use it, you will never think about a scale the same way. Because whatever comes out on that reading, it’s meant as a baseline. It’s not even good or bad, it just gives you something for you to work from. You know, sometimes you’re at the gym and you’re working out, and you’re trying to eat healthier, but you say ‘I’m not losing weight’. But that might be because maybe you’re losing body fat and gaining muscle, and this machine will tell you that.”
In essence, Lean Body Mass is the amount of protein reserves you have in your body that helps fight against illness. When you're hurt or sick, the body's nutritional demands change and requires protein to help towards recovery.
For example: The immune system of cancer survivors have a high demand for protein, which is where muscle breakdown happens. Therefore in general, overall body protein and muscle mass will often decrease because of cancer or cancer therapy.
Without enough Lean Body Mass, your body has a harder time overcoming or recovering from illness, a measurement that the InBody machine can provide when you step onto it for your body composition analysis! One of the easiest ways to change the amount of Lean Body Mass is to increase muscle mass -- so if your LBM is low, our Wellness Staff might suggest adding strength training into your workout regimen. Becoming stronger = increased/toning muscle mass = a healthier you. Just ask and we'll be happy to help guide you through your InBody Assessment!
Because the InBody analysis also provides measurements per body part, you may come to find your legs are stronger than your arms, or vice versa. Therefore recommendations may be made to focus more or reduce focus on particular body parts, in efforts to achieve a more well balanced you.
Get an in-depth look at your health and wellness by measuring and logging your weight, body measurements, BMI and body composition using the InBody Machine in the Fitness Center at both branches. Discover specific areas of focus to improve your overall health. If you have questions, please contact Valeria Tenreiro, Summit Area YMCA - Wellness Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the form here.