Wellness Testing FAQs

What does the Bod Pod Measure?

The Bod Pod measures your body composition, or more specifically, what percent of your body is made up of fat versus fat-free mass (i.e. muscle, bones, water, etc)

What does Bod Pod testing consist of? How long is the test?

You will sit in an egg-shaped chamber for approximately 2 minutes while your body composition is measured. There is a window in the front of the chamber to see outside from the enclosed space. The total time for your appointment, including set-up, testing, and going over results, is approximately 15 minutes

How should I prepare for a Bod Pod test?

You will be required to wear a spandex outfit – either spandex shorts for men, or spandex shorts/sports bra or swimsuit for women. You will be asked to remove any metal jewelry prior to the test. You will also be required to wear a cloth swim cap to cover your hair, which we will provide at the NMRL.

Can I eat or exercise prior to a Bod Pod test?

For best results, it is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise or consuming a large meal within 4 hours of your test.

What does the Resting Metabolic Rate test tell me?

The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test measures the amount of energy (calories) your body needs at rest for an entire 24-hour period.

How is the RMR test conducted?

You will lie down and rest comfortably in a dark area while breathing into a mask for 30 minutes. We will calculate your RMR value from the data collected during this period.

What is the best time of day to schedule a single Bod Pod test?

We can accommodate Bod Pod testing during our regular laboratory hours, which are Monday 10:00am - 4:30pm and Tuesday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. If you have a special circumstance, please advise during scheduling. *The NMRL is closed for testing until June 6, 2016

What is the best time of day to schedule a Bod Pod/RMR test?

This test yields the best results when scheduled close to waking time. We can accommodate Bod Pod/RMR testing as early as 7:00am. Total time for both the Bod Pod and RMR test is approximately one hour. *The NMRL is closed for testing until June 6, 2016

Can I eat or exercise prior to a RMR test?

Please refrain from eating anything or exercising for 12 hours prior to your test. You may drink water, but please avoid any caffeinated beverages prior to your test.

Will I have to wait to get my Bod Pod or RMR results?

Results from the Bod Pod are generated right away. The RMR test involves some data processing, so you may wait during processing we can email your results if you’d prefer.

How can I pay for these services?

You may pay with either cash (exact change only – no cash box available) or check made payable to the University of Pittsburgh. A single Bod Pod test is $50, and the Bod Pod + RMR test is $75.

Can I make a group appointment at a reduced rate?

Yes – please ask about group rates when scheduling.

Are these tests covered under my health insurance?

No, these tests are fee for service and are not eligible to be processed through medical insurance.