A device called Skulpt Aim will launch this May, allowing people to personally measure their muscle fat percentage, and muscle quality.
The device lets people see muscle improvement despite not being able to see results in the mirror.
“A big reason why people go to the gym is because they want to see the aesthetics,” said Joseph Gibbons, professor of exercise science and lifestyle management at Humber North. “So if they don’t see that after a couple of months, it’s not usually likely that they hadn’t seen improvements in their strength, though.”
Stasia Dara, social media and PR coordinator for Skulpt Aim, says the device is easy to use. By placing the device on a desired muscle, it will scan the fat percentage along with muscle quality.
The device will be able to measure a total of 24 muscles, including the gluteus maximus, she said.
Skulpt Aim will also launch a dashboard where people can review all of their muscle information.
“The Dashboard will initially be accessible through the web and an iOS app. We will also develop an Android app soon after as well,” said Dara.
Gibbons explained anybody looking to use this device should measure their muscles on the same day of the week and same time of day. This will give people a more accurate picture of the changes, he said.
Skulpt Aim created a new metric with the aim device, which they call “muscle quality” or MQ.
“MQ is a measure of your muscle’s strength and definition that was designed to be intuitive,” said Dara. “A typical person’s muscles have MQ of about 100, with higher numbers representing better fitness. It’s measured on a similar scale as your IQ, where the average person has an IQ of 100.”
Despite this explanation, some people still have questions.
Ajay Rampersad, a fitness and health promotion professor at Humber North, said he was having a hard time understanding how this metric translates into someone’s health, life and function.
“Is it more beneficial to know that number than it is to see weights and strength going up?” said Rampersad.
People can currently pre-order the device for $149, with the price rising to $199 at the May launch.