Charder MA601 Advanced Body Composition Analyser


What is the MA601?

The MA601 is the most sophisticated body composition scale in Marsden's range. It provides a comprehensive analysis of health and fitness, allowing you to accurately and effectively monitor your progress over time. All body composition measurements are provided via Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) 

What is Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis?
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis is a technique used to estimate body composition. A weak electric current is passed through the body, and the speed at which the current flows through the body determines the amount of fat, water and muscle content.

Advanced body composition analysers like the MA601 use BIA to provide a full breakdown of body composition. Traditional BIA body composition scales will use one frequency; the MA601 uses three.

For example, low frequencies have difficulty overcoming and passing through cell membranes, so are well suited for measuring extracellular water. High frequencies can pass through cell membrane walls, so they can provide intracellular readings.

How does the MA601 work?
Touchscreen operation means the MA601 is user-friendly and allows you to see your body composition results in seconds.

With shoes and socks removed, simply step onto the scale and enter basic information, such as age, height and name/ID, and when prompted, lift up the hand electrodes. Once the MA601 has completed your body measurement, basic results will be displayed on the screen. You can then press Print to see a comprehensive print-out of your results.

Why does the MA601 not have an athlete setting?
Traditionally, BIA devices have been less accurate for ‘abnormal’ populations such as athletes. A commonly used fix has been to offer a separate ‘athlete mode’, using specialised algorithms. Unfortunately, because there is no clear consensus on how to define ‘athlete’, oftentimes users wouldn’t know which mode to select, resulting in inaccurate results when used by ‘non-athletes’.

What’s more, sprinters and weightlifters are both athletes - yet their body types are very different, so an athlete mode that’s based on “endurance athletes” might be less accurate for “strength athletes, and vice versa.

What’s the difference between the MA601 and other Marsden body composition scales?

This scale provides even more readings than our MBF-6000/MBF-6010, including: Intracellular Water (ICW), Extracellular Water (ECW), Total Body Water (TBW), Soft Lean Mass (SLM), Fat-Free Mass (FFM), Body Fat Mass (BFM), Skeletal Muscle Mass (SMM), Percentage Body Fat (PBF), Body Mass Index (BMI), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), Total Energy Expenditure (TEE), Phase Angle, Fat-free Mass Index (FFMI), Skeletal Muscle Index (SMI) and Impedance.

Another benefit is that the scale also gives recommended improvements for each client, based on their results.


Capacity: 300kg

Graduations: 100g

Base dimensions: 450mm x 425mm

Additional Features:

  • Measures Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), Total Body Water (TBW), Fat Free Mass (FFM), Fat Mass (FM), Body Fat %, Muscle Mass (MM), Protein Mass (PM), Extracellular Water (ECW), Intracellular Water (ICW), Skeletal Muscle (SM), Metabolic Age (AGEM), Visceral Fat Level, Body Balance Evaluation, Obesity Analysis, Body Type Analysis, Muscle Quality, Weight, and BMI
  • Overall Health Score also provided
  • All readings provided on screen or can be printed out (printer included)
  • 15 impedance measurements: 3 frequencies (5kHz, 50kHz, 250kHz) for 5 segments (Right Arm, Left Arm, Trunk, Right Leg, Left Leg)
  • Readings provided as graphics
  • Internal for storing 50,000 readings
  • Multiple user profiles available
  • Three frequencies
  • Scan duration: Less than 45 seconds
  • Suitable for gyms and sports clubs