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29 May 2013

A Comparison of COSMED Metabolic Systems for the Determination of RMR

Posted in Scientific, Fitmate

A Comparison of COSMED Metabolic Systems for the Determination of RMR

A new study was published this month on the Research in Sports Medicine Journal with a validation of the Fitmate Canopy Hood system for measuring Resting metabolic rate.

The purpose of this study, performed by the Northern Illinois University, was to compare the Fitmate with the previously validated Quark CPET research system (Blond et al., 2011) using a canopy dilution set-up in healthy adults.

The test showed that FitMate was a highly reliable indirect calorimetry system for measuring RMR and provided equivalent results to the Quark CPET system.

The study conclusions state that "FITMATE plus canopy hood set-up was shown to accurately measure RMR and oxygen consumption. Thus, the FITMATE appears to be an excellent tool for assessing RMR measurements in healthy adults with the added benefit that it can also reliably measure submaximal and maximal exercising metabolism".

The article details are the following:

- Title: "A Comparison of Cosmed Metabolic Systems for the Determination of Resting Metabolic Rate"
- Authors
: Dimitria Vandarakis a , Amanda J. Salacinski b & Craig E. Broeder. Northern Illinois University, Kinesiology and Physical Education, DeKalb, Illinois, USA
- Published in
: Research in Sports Medicine, 21:187–194, 2013

The scientific article can be downloaded at the following link: click here


Founded in 1980, COSMED is a privately owned company manufacturing Cardio Pulmonary and Metabolic Diagnostic Equipment. COSMED products include a full range of Spirometers, Pulmonary Function, Body Composition, Nutritional Assessment and Cardio Pulmonary Exercise systems, including Electrocardiographs, Ergometers and Assessment Software. COSMED solutions are aimed for either professional or medical use for many different applications like: Hospital, Clinics, Primary Care, University & Education in Human Physiology, Clinical Nutrition, Commercial Weight Management, Human Performance Centers, Sport Institutions and Health Club Industry. COSMED Headquarters are located in the province of Rome, Italy. COSMED has subsidiaries in the USA, China and Germany, and distributes its products internationally through a constantly growing distributor network covering more than 70 countries.