By Adam Shergold
PUBLISHED: 06:10 EST, 17 September 2012 | UPDATED: 06:48 EST, 17 September 2012
Is this NASA's first recruit on a manned mission to Mars? Or a prototype of public transport in the not-so-distant future? The must have toy for Christmas, perhaps?
Sorry to disappoint, but it's West Ham star Carlton Cole having the make up of his body examined by a high-tech Bod Pod.
The striker tweeted a picture on Monday morning of himself sat in the weird contraption, asking: 'What's @Monte_the_bear got my doing?'
Sitting pretty: Carlton Cole tweeted this picture of himself sat inside a Bod Pod on Monday morning
It's a key part of the fitness regimen favoured by West Ham's strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo to measure body fat - though the lean 6ft 3in frontman is unlikely to be too flabby.
The Bod Pod is used by a number of professional sports teams - and, according to its makers, sumo wrestlers - and has replaced traditional, and more unpleasant, methods of underwater weighing 'dunk tanks' or a simple pair of callipers.
It uses air displacement to work out the athlete's mass (weight) using very accurate electronic scales, and volume. From these calculations, body density and fat levels can be worked out.
Lean machine: Cole in action for West Ham against Norwich City at the weekend
Behind the Pod's seat is a moving
'diaphragm' which varies the volume inside the front chamber. This is
measured before and after the subject gets in, with their body volume
therefore worked out by subtraction.
For example, if the interior air volume of the empty chamber is 400 litres, and the volume of the chamber is reduced to 350 litres with the subject inside, the body volume of the subject would be 50 litres.
Cole was in action at the weekend, but couldn't find the net in West Ham's 0-0 draw at Norwich City. He was replaced by Modibo Maiga after 57 minutes.
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