The circumference analysis measures seven standardized anatomical positions. The circumference analysis enables the quantitative (numerical) analysis of the gain or loss of body mass, as a result of an increase or decrease in muscle mass or fat. If no desired changes are visible for one of the standard circumferences, it is advisable that the shape analysis be consulted.
The shape analysis measures the cross-sections of each body segment and enables the qualitative (visual) analysis of the body mass in individual segments.
Both measurements can be influenced by both the posture (e.g. flexed muscles, pulled-in stomach) and the metabolism (e.g. flatulence, water storage). The trainer should recognize and consider this during the analysis. In some cases, it might be necessary to repeat the scan.
- Fat loss follows a genetic pattern. Targeted fat-loss in one specific part of the body Is not possible.
- Fat loss is a result of a calorie deficit. That means using more energy than you consume. If one does not want to lose any muscle mass in the process (or as little as possible), the muscles must be exercised in an appropriate manner (muscle-building workouts).
- More strength does not always mean more muscle. Especially in the case of people who have just started working out, increased muscle strength is the result of improved neuromuscular coordination. This increase in strength cannot be confirmed by means of the shape analysis, because there is no change to the muscle volume.