OrangeTheory InBody Scan [Eveything You Need to Know]

OrangeTheory Fitness has been rising in popularity these last couple of years and that’s due to the unique approach that they take when it comes to training and working out and that seems to be working for a lot of people. Instead of the typical gym routine, they offer daily unique classes, challenges, and events that keep you motivated and hooked. In addition to that, they use advanced technologies and devices to calculate your performance during the workout and after you’re done to see how many calories your burned, your heart rate, and so on. One of these devices is called the InBody Scan, what is it about? Is it accurate? And how can you prepare for a scan?

OrangeTheory InBody Scan is a relatively accurate tool that breaks down your body’s composition by analyzing your body fat percentage, muscle mass, and metabolic rate. The results are then sent to you via email and stored in your OTF app.

In this article, we’ll learn what the InBody scan at OrangeTheory is all about, how to prepare for it, and its degree of accuracy.

What is OrangeTheory InBody Scan?

OrangeTheory InBody Scan

OrangeTheory InBody Scan is a tool that breaks down your body’s composition by analyzing your body fat percentage, muscle mass, and metabolic rate while proving you with a detailed report that gets sent and stored directly to your OrangeTheory app or via email. 

Essentially, it’s just like the calorie device that you put on during your OrangeTheory classes except it’s more advanced and more accurate.

Every OrangeTheory member can do their first scan free of charge but after that, it’s $15 for Premium members and $25 for Elite, Basic, and class pack members.

If you’re interested in doing your first scan, just talk to the person at the front desk to schedule your scan or visit your studio’s website to schedule it via an online form. 

Here are the steps that you need to follow if you’ve never done the scan before:

  1. You’ll first be asked to take out your shoes and socks if you have any
  2. Wipe out your palms and feet from any sweat or dirt using a tissue that will be given to you
  3. Get into the Inbody Scan using both your feet
  4. Grab the Inbody Scan handles using your hands
  5. Hold on to that position for at least 5 minutes
  6. Wait for the results to pop up
  7. The results will then be sent via email and stored in your OrangeTheory app

After the scan, the front desk team can submit a request for a 1 on 1 consulting with a coach to review your results and answer any questions.

How to Prepare for an InBody Scan at OrangeTheory Fitness

Before doing your InBody scan, there are some things that you to do and other things that you need to avoid:

  • You shouldn’t eat for 4 hours prior to your InBody scan. That’s why it’s recommended to do the scan first thing in the morning.
  • You shouldn’t exercise for 12 hours prior to your InBody scan so do it right before your OrangeTheory class.
  • You shouldn’t consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to your InBody scan.
  • You should hydrate well the day before the scan but not directly before it since too much water will show up as added weight.
  • You should not drink caffeine on the day of your test.
  • Ensure access to both feet with removable footwear (no socks or pantyhose).
  • You shouldn’t wear any jewelry during the scan so remove them before getting into the machine.
  • You should remove your OrangeTheory armband before the scan.
  • You shouldn’t put lotion on your arms or feet before the scan.
  • You shouldn’t take a shower before the scan.
  • Warm yourself up for at least 20 minutes before the scan if you’re doing it in winter (cold season).
  • For females, you should avoid having your scan during the menstrual period since total body water will be higher than normal.
  • You also shouldn’t wear an underwire bra since the metal can interfere with the accuracy of the device.

Is OrangeTheory InBody Scan Accurate?

The way the InBody scan works is it sends several multiple low-level electrical currents (don’t worry, they’re very safe and you won’t feel them!) throughout your entire body.

Based on a very advanced algorithmic system that the InBody scan is known for, body fat percentage, muscle mass, and metabolic rate can all be calculated.

Although electrical impedance scans are notoriously inaccurate, if you follow all of the InBody scan’s guidelines before your test, it gives a relatively accurate result with a 2% error rate.

Furthermore, these kinds of scans are good at measuring changes over time if you keep in mind for variables used (eg. time of day, fasted/unfasted, water, etc) and use the same machine and they correlate very closely with a DEXA scan, which is considered the “extremely accurate” for body composition tests. 


Although the InBody scan can be very demotivating sometimes, especially if it gives you results that you weren’t expecting, you should always keep in mind that you’re still going through your body transformation and it’s gonna take a long time before you see satisfying results.

Always follow these two important rules:

  • Only use the results as a comparison to your own scan and not to others
  • Don’t let the results demotivate you. A single scan result isn’t a final determining factor.

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