About Skulpt Aim

Co-founded by Dr. Seward Rutkove and Dr. Jose Bohorquez, the Skulpt Aim is a first-of-its-kind tracking device that’s claimed to measures body fat percentage and muscle quality (MQ) in order to help you gain better insights into your body and truly understand your fitness.

In order to accomplish this, the Skulpt Aim is claimed to feature new technology, previously used by NASA and within the medical space, to precisely analyze thousands of data points across 24 different muscles, and to track the slightest amount of fat loss and muscle gain. As such, the Skulpt Aim is claimed to be “the first, true way to measure fitness results” and as a result, to be “revolutionizing fitness tracking,” all in a compact and convenient device.

Revolutionary or not, should you purchase the Skulpt Aim? Who might benefit most from the Aim’s technology? We’ll answer all your important questions in a moment. But first, let’s take a look at how the Aim is claimed to work:

How Does Skulpt Aim Claim to Work?

The Skulpt Aim works by analyzing your body fat percentage and MQ by sending a small current through one muscle at a time, using something known as Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). As these electrical impulses flow along your muscle fibers, the Skulpt Aim is able to differentiate muscle from other types of tissue, including fat, skin, and bone.

Because of this, according to the product’s website, “The more fat overlying the skin and within the muscle, the greater the muscle’s [electrical] resistance. Thus we are able to get a measure of the amount of fat by evaluating the resistance.”

Although you can measure a dozen different areas on your body using the Skulpt Aim, it uses 4 primary areas to calculate overall fat percentage and muscle quality; biceps, triceps, abs, and quads. Then, once the data is tabulated, you can view a portion of the information on the Aim’s LCD-based, 240×320 pixel resolution screen.

However, the Skulpt Aim, which looks somewhat like a chunky smartphone, sends all of its data to your iOS or Android smartphone, which is where most of the work will be handled (a complete list of supported devices can be found here). There, you’ll be able to view different graphs and color scales to track your daily, weekly, or monthly progress, and to better understand where your fat lies.

Is Skulpt Aim Easy to Use?

After downloading the app and setting up an account (indicating your age, gender, height, weight, and more), you’ll be able to immediately begin using your Skulpt Aim.

First, you’ll need to spray all 12 of the aluminum sensors located on the back of the device, and then firmly press it against each muscle area you’re looking to measure (e.g. bicep, tricep, abs, quads, etc.), while relaxing and refraining from flexing. Once it’s made contact, a light around the Aim’s edge will turn green, and will then change to purple after readings are complete, which generally takes anywhere from 2 to 10 seconds.

Although there aren’t any detailed explanations or screenshots of the types of results provided by Skulpt Aim, it appears to display MQ and body fat percentage by muscle group, which will be tabulated as follows:

  • 80 MQ: Needs work
  • 100 MQ: Average
  • 120 MQ: Fit
  • 140 MQ: Athletic
  • 160 MQ: Skulpted

Screenshots of Skulpt Aim appAlthough there aren’t many screenshots available on Skulpt Aim’s website showing it in action, the above was taken from their Indiegogo campaign.

For additional details, you can watch several videos on Skulpt’s How to Measure page.

What Competition Does the Skulpt Aim Have?

Here at HighYa, we’ve reviewed some of the most popular fitness tracking devices, including the Samsung Gear Fit and Lumo Lift. And based on our experience, there really isn’t any direct competition for the Skulpt Aim. In a very real sense, by giving you the ability to simultaneously measure and track body fat percentage and muscle quality, the Aim is in a category of its own.

Is the Skulpt Aim Clinically Tested or Proven?

According to Skulpt’s About page, Dr. Seward Rutkove is the Chief of the Division of Neuromuscular Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Inventor of Electrical Impedance Myography, and Winner of Prize4Life's $1M ALS Biomarker Prize. Additionally, Dr. Jose Bohorquez holds a “PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, a Minor in Business Administration from Sloan, and worked at GE Healthcare and Bitwave Semiconductor before grad school.”

Clearly, both of Skulpt’s co-founders have a successful background in scientific pursuits—enough so that they’ve received nearly $600K in investor funding.

With this said, Skulpt makes a variety of very specific claims on the Aim website, including that it’s:

  • 5X more accurate than bioelectrical impedance 'smart scales' in measuring body fat percentage.
  • 3-4X more accurate than skinfold caliper for total body fat percentage.
  • Within 1-2% of hydrostatic (underwater) weighing for total body fat.

Unfortunately, there isn’t anything available to support these claims, other than this statement on the About page:

“Skulpt has been awarded various grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to develop EIM and validate it in various clinical trials.

Skulpt’s first device is being used in various clinical trials around the US to study patients with neuromuscular problems. It has even been used in collaboration with NASA to study the impact of weightlessness on the muscles of mice that have been in outer space!”

However, Skulpt doesn’t provide any references to these studies, and there aren’t any references to the product or the company on the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed directory. As such, it doesn’t appear possible to validate their claims.

What’s the Buzz with Skulpt Aim’s Customers?

The Skulpt Aim was originally introduced to the market through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that ended in January 2014, and raised 385% of its original goal. According to many of the new comments, many Aim customers are complaining of long shipping times (especially for those located outside the US) and failure to receive responses from the company’s customer service team.

PC Mag rated the Skulpt Aim 3.5 stars (“good”), and complimented its ease of use, its ability to measure both muscle quality and body fat percentage, and that your progress can be tracked over time. However, the Skulpt Aim’s accuracy (which can’t be verified, as we noted above), its grainy display, and its tendency to pop open when dropped, all left something to be desired.

Overall, the author felt that Skulpt Aim’s insights could be very useful, especially for fitness buffs or personal trainers, but that the device’s layout and app functionality could use some improvement.

PhoneArena.com also enjoyed the Skulpt Aim’s ease of use and the data that it provided, but noted that “The Skulpt Aim isn’t for everyone, that’s just the undeniable truth. Rather, it’s a specialized fitness gadget that hardcore fitness enthusiasts will appreciate – and make good use out of. As much as we love being able to measure the quality of our muscles, its $200 price is pretty steep for any specialized thing.” The author also noted that the Aim “didn’t look to pretty” after being dropped from a height of just 4 feet, although it still functioned properly.

From a company perspective, Skulpt, Inc. is based out of San Francisco, CA, although they are not listed with the Better Business Bureau.

Skulpt Aim Pricing & Refund Policy

The Skulpt Aim is priced at $199.99 and includes free shipping within the US. For this price, you’ll receive:

  • Skulpt Aim
  • Charging cradle
  • Travel pouch
  • Spray water bottle

The Skulpt Aim comes with a 45-day return policy, less S&H charges, as well as a 1-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. However, this warranty does not apply to “software embedded in the Product.” As such, it appears the warranty only covers the physical parts of the Skulpt Aim.

In order to request an RMA number for your refund, you’ll need to contact Skulpt’s customer service department via an online contact form.

Who Should Buy the Skulpt Aim?

Chopping to the Point: Overall, the technology developed by Skulpt’s co-founders (EIM) and implemented into the Aim is industry-leading and unmatched by any other product currently available. And while it’s certainly expected that any groundbreaking technology will hit some speed bumps along the way, it appears that the Aim’s measurements are quite accurate compared to much more expensive (and time-consuming) traditional methods.

With this said, we might imagine 2 primary target markets for the Skulpt Aim:

Someone who is stepping their fitness up a few notches. Whether this is an individual who’s looking to lose 100 pounds, or an athlete looking to maximize their performance, the Aim’s detailed measurements could help plan your course of action—and keep you motivated to boot!

A professional trainer who is looking to differentiate themselves from the competition by implementing the Aim’s data into their clients’ fitness plans.

Ultimately—outside of one of the groups above—everyday consumers might not find the Skulpt Aim’s usefulness in line with its fairly high price.

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8 Customer Reviews for Skulpt Aim

Average Customer Rating: 1.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 1 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 6
Bottom Line: 13% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    No accuracy or consistency in the measurements

    • Illinois,
    • May 23, 2016

    Don't waste your time nor money on this device. On one day I am 15.5% body fat, on the next one I am 21.6%, then 18%, etc. I am following their instruction to the letter. No measurements are accurate or even close to be consistent. Don't even get me started on the muscle quality. Check their Facebook page first, you will definitely get a sense of how many people have the same problem! Getting a refund.

    PS: I got a Skulpt Chisel, their newest product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Took a long time to get a broken device

    • Florida,
    • Mar 31, 2016

    I was pretty excited to received my device. After my purchase through their website, several weeks passed so I finally filed an inquiry through PayPal. The response I received was a little "cool". The customer service rep stated that at the time of my order they noted it was on backorder. I went back to the site and saw in very small print, at the bottom it did say such, so I waited some more. Well I did receive my Aim, but unfortunately it refused to connect to the App. It does work in guest mode, but it can take several attempts to get a reading. Since, however, I can't use it with the App, I've requested a return (that involves getting an RMA from customer service, so we'll see how it goes). My unsubstantiated feeling on this thingL it has problems, they are rushing it to market, and sending out untested devices. My advice to everyone is that everyone should see if the company remains viable and works out the kinks before you spend 150 bucks on it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    A little dodgy

    I bought one, and after four months, the battery critically failed and would not hold a charge. Skulpt Aim would not provide a warranty, for what was obviously a manufacturing defect, in the particular unit. Buyer beware.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Company is crap, device quality is BAD

    I bought one of these for my wife for Christmas, and after only about a month of use, the battery fails to hold a charge even long enough to do a 12-point measurement. Every attempt to contact the company via email, website, Facebook page, etc has been ignored. Please save yourself some frustration, and find someone else to give your hard earned cash to. The device is a great idea, but the the build quality is horrible, and they don't stand behind their products at all.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Will not hold charge

    Same as other users, the unit will not hold its charge and dies within 1 minute. No use at all, waiting to hear from Skulpt.

    Shame because it is a useful tool when working out, but this may prove to be an issue which would be a shame. Let's hope they step up to the mark and support existing customers.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    No charge and no response from customer service

    • Dec 26, 2015

    The device worked great, but it no longer holds a charge so it is unusable. There is no way to contact customer service except via email and they still have not responded (it has been a month). I now have a device that is no longer usable after eight months.

    Given this and no apparent resolution on the future, I would not recommend this.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Works great

    • Denver,
    • Dec 5, 2015

    Got a Skulpt for my wife because she's been trying to lose weight and track her progress. She loves it and it's really easy to use. I've used it a few times too since the device can store multiple profiles. It's way easier than calipers and more comfortable. I'd recommend it to anyone serious about getting in shape.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Skulpt Aim

    When I first purchased, the device worked well, however, after they did an upgrade, the device has not worked and is unable to hold a charge to do a full body measurement.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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