As most people into fitness know, the body mass index (BMI) often used to gauge overall health is an extreme generalization of body sculpture. Most who are serious about their workouts use other means to measure their fitness levels both overall and in specific quadrants of their body.
The latest of those is muscle quality (MQ), which measures a specific muscle’s (or muscle group’s) strength and definition. This can show where improvement is needed and keep an eye on key muscles and overall fitness. The better your overall MQ, the higher your metabolism and the more fit you are.
To that end, a new device, the Skulpt Aim, measures MQ using a clinically-proven medical technology called electrical impedance myography. First used to treat patients with muscular problems, the technology has been downsized and converted into a mass production device that can be used in the home or gym.
At about the size of an iPhone, it measures muscle density (and thus strength and tone) when placed against the area the user wishes to be measured. The simple process is painless and measures the electrical impedance of the tissue and thus gets a gauge of the amount of muscle, its density, and the amount of fat, giving an overall definition of the MQ.
The idea is to show where areas of improvement might be and make workouts more efficient. More efficient workouts means better health is less time and and measurements, over time, can show improvement and thus give incentive to continue.
A very cool idea that is definitely worthy of a win. It’s an Indigogo project for now, looking to raise $100,000 to get launched. Those who put in enough to qualify will get a Skulpt Aim from the first batch to be made. Find out more here.