A: The Athlete mode was developed to provide a more accurate reading for athletic body types. Athletic body types are physiologically different than standard adult body types, due to muscle mass and hydration level differences. Athletes tend to have greater muscle mass and tend to be more dehydrated. These differences would skew the body fat reading high, when taken with the standard Adult mode.

  • Tanita defines “athlete” as a person involved in intense physical activity for approximately 12 hours per week or more.
  • Those who belong to a sport team or a sport organization with the aim of participation in competition, etc.
  • Those who exercise to build up muscles like a bodybuilder
  • Those who are professional athletes