The biggest pro of BIA technology is the cost, compared to other body composition technology, compared to accuracy. It can't be beat.
Because it uses electricity, it is highly dependent on the body's water content, which is always changing. This is why doing a BIA test isn't recommended more than once every 2 weeks.
The upside is that you get a lot of information, dollar for dollar on your results sheet of any BIA unit.
If using in a medical environment, it takes some coding to be compliant with most software.
The upside is that BIA units show percentage of body fat lost along with actual pounds lost. Same with growth of lean tissue.
Because the technology uses electricity, and your body water is always changing, day-to-day use is not recommended. The machine is ALWAYS right, but changes in water, impact the way the results may appear to a lay person.
Athletes can monitor their water, including extracellular to total body water to identify key markers associated with overtraining.
Athletes do tend to become obsessed, so managing expectations is important.
Using BIA can detect the actual lifestyle changes that are increasing/decreasing weight. Are you building muscle or gaining fat? Are you being honest with yourself?
Clients tend to want to use the machine more than twice a month, so maintaining strict policies are important.
Despite being easy to use, adding BIA technology to business isn't plug and play.
Training your staff to use the technology, understand the results and explain the results in a way clients will relate to takes time and patience. This is where SWT excels. We are with you for the long haul.