Skulpt Aim: The Portable Body Fat Analyzer!!!

Skulpt Aim

Today we look at the Skulpt Aim, which puts the power of accurate and affordable body fat analysis in the user’s hand![1]

We started the Technology Thursday feature here on the PricePlow blog to bring awareness to the coolest, newest, and most useful gadgets and gizmos fitness guys and gals would want to get their hand on.

We all share the common goal of physical fitness and sports supplementation, it only makes sense that you’re interested in having a muscular frame and low body fat percentage.

Many times, people go to gyms and have personal trainers use a variety of skin-fold calipers to find out the body fat percentage, or have to pay for more expensive means like hydrostatic testing (“the dunk tank”) or DEXA scans.

The problem with all of those methods is that they are either inaccurate[2] or incredibly costly and time consuming. But, what if there was a way that you could measure your own ratio of fat to muscle and have it be reliable, affordable, and quick?

Enter the Skulpt Aim!

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What is the Skulpt Aim?

Most fitness and activity trackers count your steps, record how many miles you walked, or monitor your heart rate. But the Skulpt Aim looks to take fitness tracking and body composition to another level entirely. It looks inside your muscles to measure your progress and see whether all those workouts and diet plans are leading to muscles gains and fat loss or simply fat gain.

Skulpt Aim is a small hand-held device, about the size of your average smartphone, that you use to measure Muscle Quality (i.e. ratio of fat to muscle).[1] This is incredibly appealing for any of those people that are trying to gain muscle and lose fat to gauge whether their fitness regimen and diet is working.

How it Works?

Skulpt Aim Muscle Quality

Skulpt Aim measure Muscle Quality, MQ, which is the ratio of fat to muscle that tells how “fit” a muscle is.[1]

To begin using the Skulpt Aim, you must pair it with your smartphone via the Skulpt Aim, which will not only track your progress, but also provide videos on how to exactly use the device. After setting up your account and entering some basic information (age, height, weight, etc.) you’re all set to go.

For the initial reading, Skulpt Aim takes you through some “training” scans on your abs, quads, biceps and triceps on only one side of your body.This is done by wetting the sensors on the back of the device and placing it right on the targeted muscle group. Once the device has made good contact with the skin, a light around the edge of Skulpt Aim turns green and then it flashes in a circle. After the reading is finished (approximately 2-10 seconds) the light turns purple. The Skulpt Aim then displays the results for that particular muscle in terms of Muscle Quality (MQ) and fat percentage. The readings are then synced with the app on your smartphone for record keeping.

What is Muscle Quality (MQ)?

Muscle Quality, MQ, is a rating of a muscles’ “fitness.” A high MQ score means you have a strong, lean, and fit muscle. A low score means “Do you even lift?!”

MQ is a term often used in academic literature that is associated with the force a muscle can produce relative to its size. The makers at Skulpt modeled their measuring system off of this, but assigned numbers to quantitatively measure progress, with 100 being average. By measuring Muscle Quality, you can see if your muscles are getting stronger and leaner before ever being able to see a difference in the mirror. Additionally, by measure individual muscle groups, you can precisely tailor your training to focus on those lagging muscles that have a lower MQ score compared to the rest of your body.

The Science

Skulpt Aim Measurements

Skulpt Aim syncs with an app on your smartphone which allows you to view and record your progress as you strive to burn fat and gain muscle![1]

Skulpt Aim uses a technique called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM),[3,4] that was developed by the device’s co-founder Seward Rutkove, MD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Traditionally it’s been used as a reliable way to measure muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases,[3,4] but the makers of Skulpt have turned the concept on its head to measure muscular change and growth!

The 12 sensors on the back of the device apply tiny amounts of electric current directly to your muscles. These currents flows differently in fat than in muscle, and it flows differently based on how “fit” a muscle is. Skulpt Aim measures thousands of data points across each muscle and uses its proprietary algorithms to calculate Muscle Quality and fat percentage.

What Muscle Groups Are Tracked?

Skulpt Aim measures 24 different groups of individual muscles, including:

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Upper & Lower Back
  • Quads
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves

After you complete the initial setup and measurements, you can take muscle readings as often as you like from the 24 muscle possibilities.

Skulpt Aim Specs

Skulpt Aim 2

Skulpt Aim is no bigger than your average smartphone and provides easy handling while trying to accurately measure your body composition.

As we said earlier, the Skulpt Aim is about the size of your average smartphone. The device measures 4” x 2” x 0.75”. What you’ll notice though, is that the Skulpt Aim doesn’t have a touch screen, but rather has two buttons on the right and one on the left that you’ll use to cycle through the options.

The back of the device houses 12 sensors which send the electric pulses through your skin, fat, and muscle to measure its composition. You’ll even get a handy water spray bottle when you purchase the Skulpt Aim that you’ll use to wet the sensors when you take your readings.

Is It Worth It?

If this product works as advertised, and based off initial reviews, it certainly seems to be meeting expectations, this could revolutionize the way body composition is tracked for the masses. Everyone from bodybuilders to weekend warriors to soccer moms can now have easy and affordable access to body fat analysis.

Gone are the days of having to get a personal trainer use unreliable calipers or going get dunked in a tub of freezing cold water for 30 minutes. Skulpt Aim puts the power in your hands to accurately gauge your progress and see just how well your training and diet programs are working.

At the very least, if you’re a personal trainer or coach, you might want to add this one to your repertoire and see how it works on a diversity of individuals over time, including yourself!

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References

  1. http://www.skulpt.me/
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20040894
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19163479
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2824130/
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