BodySpec at CrossFit Austin || What is DXA Scanning?

BodySpec At CrossFit Austin


Body composition tests measure the specific percentages of bone, fat, lean mass, and water that make up your body. When you step on a scale, all of those things are combined to give you your total bodyweight, but with composition testing you can see exactly what that number breaks down to. If you’re interested in body composition testing, DXA scans are one of the most precise and accurate tests available.

For more info and what to expect, keep reading! 

From the BodySpec site:

“DXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. Our DXA scans are performed using the same medical-grade machine used by hospitals, universities, and professional athletic facilities. The DXA uses very weak x-ray beams to detect the composition of each square inch of your body. These results are interpreted and aggregated to give you not only a total body fat percentage, but also complete visualization and analysis of your lean tissue and bone density.”

If you have specific composition goals for yourself (as most of us do) like getting leaner, adding mass, etc… it’s important that you understand the make up of your own body. Diet and exercise are not a ‘one size fits all’ kind of deal so by knowing and understand your own individual make up, you can then make choices that will actually guide you toward your goals!

How does it work?

The process is simple! Basically, you’re going to lie on the scanner for about 10 minutes and then you’ll sit with a consultant for another 10 or so minutes to talk through your results. Easy!

* Make sure you wear closing without metal pieces – workout clothes are great!

* Take note of your circumstances if you plan to scan again at a later date – time of day, water/food intake, etc…

* Additionally, if you have recently had a barium x-ray, a nuclear medicine scan, or any other x-ray procedure involving ingestion or injection of a tracer substance, please wait at least 2 weeks after that procedure before scheduling a DXA scan.

* Finally, if you are pregnant, please do not sign up for a DXA scan.

How do I book?

CrossFit Austin is bringing a truck right to the gym! December 6 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You can reserve a spot through our LINK! Plan to allot about 20 minutes for your scan and results. You can fill out your intake form ahead of time to save time the day of!

Check out the BodySpec website for more information on DXA scanning and FAQs!