We’ve explored the motivational differences between a FORE Score and the conventional body composition measurement techniques (hydrostatic weighing, bio-electronic impedance, skin fold, and BMI) in a variety of ways. But we have yet to compare the physically and mentally PASSIVE character of the conventional methods to the physically and mentally ACTIVE character of FORE Score in terms of how these factors impact motivation.
More specifically, hydrostatic weighing is the gold standard of body comp measurement tools. But all the meaningful work is done by a technician who’s testing a subject. The subject’s responsibility is to allow the technician to do their job with as little interference as possible. In other words when you’re hydrostatically weighed your job is to do nothing physically or mentally (other than expelling all oxygen from your lungs while you’re under water) while the test is being applied.
With bio-electronic impedance subjects wrap their hands around a set of handles, stand on a special scale, or step into a Bod Pod while a machine (effectively a robot) passes electrons through their body in such a way that it yields a percentage of body fat score. Once again, the test is being applied to the subject while the subject sits passively by physically and mentally disengaged, daydreaming.
With the skin fold technique we encounter the same set of circumstances. The subject stands as still as possible while the technician uses a special skin caliper to measure fat thicknesses in various places around their body. That data is then entered into a special formula which in turn generates a percentage of body fat. The role of the subject is to remain as still as possible in order to allow the technician to effectively apply the test to them.
Then there’s the omnipresent BMI in which case the subject is tested for their height, body weight, and is required to provide their age and gender. These four pieces of info are entered into a BMI Calculator which uses a special formula in order to yield a BMI score. In all four of these cases the test is being applied to the subject by a technician while the subject passively allows the testing process to occur. In all these instances, the less the subject does, the more accurate the test will be.
So here’s my question. Has anyone ever seen anyone give a Tiger Pump or a high five over the opportunity to get their BMI measured? How about getting hydrostatically weighed, bio electronically impeded, or skin folded? All these techniques use specialized equipment and abstract mathematical formulas that require nothing of the subject physically or mentally. And most importantly they almost universally fail to motivate anyone to do anything, which represents their most fatal liability.
The FORE Score Protocol
In contrast, the FORE Score protocol is built around a participant’s ability to perform conventional pull ups. But since pull ups are so physically challenging that a good 80% of high school students and probably 90% of adults are unable to do even one, FORE Score also uses a technique called leg assisted pull ups in conjunction with a height adjustable pull up bar in order to give all participants a way to succeed.
You can read the specifics of the FORE Score testing procedure in other places, but for now we’d like to concentrate on the physical and mental engagements of this technique. That is to say, those who can perform conventional pull ups are physically and mentally engaged (i.e. concentrated) 100% in order to complete the task. They can count the reps. They can physically feel their burning biceps, forearms, and lats. And their heart rates are anything but sitting idle.
For those who need to use leg assisted pull ups, jumping and pulling at the same time, the experience is also physically engaging and challenging. But in this instance participants also use their legs as well as their arms and backs in order to get the job done. And they can count the reps themselves. No need of a technician to count anything. The entire experience is tangible, concrete, and understandable as opposed to intangible, abstract, and mysterious. The results are immediate and the high fives are common.
Yes Practice by All Means
Let’s mention one more thing in this regard. You can practice any one of the conventional testing methods all day every day and never improve your results. But since a FORE Score basically tells you how far you are from being able to perform at least one conventional pull up, you can practice leg assisted pull ups twice a week and you can expect to generate improvement on a regular, weekly basis.
That is to say, with a FORE Score in hand you know how far you are from the finish line. You have a pretty good idea of how long it will take to get there. And you know that learning and maintaining the ability to do pull ups arms you against America’s # 1 health threat - obesity - for life. Mix all that together with the physical and mental engagements of a FORE Score and you’ll see kids who understand what’s going on, who are physically and mentally engaged in the process, and who are motivated in ways that none of the other methods can match. And in the end, beating obesity is all about motivation.