So exactly what does a FORE Score actually tell you? The answer to this question is that a FORE Score tells you what percentage of a conventional pull up a participant can do at the time of measurement or screening.
That is to say a 50% FS means that a participant is halfway to being able to perform one conventional pull up. A 75% FS means they are three quarters of the way home. A 100% FS means they can do one conventional pull up. And a 500% means the participant can do 5 conventional pull ups.
Pull Ups and Childhood Obesity?
If you’re unfamiliar with FORE Score and related concepts you’ll want to know what in the world pull ups have to do with childhood obesity. After all, most obese kids are unable to do any pull ups and there are certainly better ways to burn calories, right?
The answer to this question is STATISTICS CONFIRM that the odds of kids who can perform at least one conventional pull up being obese are about the same a winning the lottery. What’s more, despite all the humiliation oriented antipathy many adults (including PE teachers) harbor for pull ups, given the right info most kids actually enjoy the process of learning to physically pull their own weight (getting stronger) along with their friends.
And if the learning process begins before the obesity seed has a chance to take root (meaning elementary school) it doesn’t take very long for most kids to develop a 100% FS, which leads to a 200% FS, a 400% FS, etc. Although the ability to do ONE conventional pull up arms a child against obesity (this acid test requires decent eating and exercise habits) more is always better.
Let’s Calculate a FORE Score
With all that said, generating a FORE Score requires 3 simple measurements. With a yard stick or a tape measure mounted on the wall 3 feet off the floor, ask the child to face the wall and record the point at which their chin touches the tape measure. This is designated point L for “Low.” From that same position ask them to reach up as high as the can reach and record the point at which the tips of their fingers touch the tape. This is designated point H for “High.”
Finally, adjust the grips of the height adjustable pull ups straps low enough that you know the participant can do at least one LEG ASSISTED PULL UP (pulling and jumping at the same time) and ask them to do so. Now gradually inch the straps higher asking the child to do one more leg assisted pull up over and over again. Continue to raise the grips until the child is unable to do a good, solid leg assisted pull up and record the LAST POINT at which they succeeded. This is designated point M for “Middle.”
With points L, H, and M in hand, subtract L from H in order to get X. Then subtract L from M in order to get Y. Finally divide X into Y which will yield the participant’s FORE Score.
As discussed previously 50% means they’re halfway home. 75% means they’re three quarters of the way home, etc. And given regular access (meaning twice a week on non consecutive days) you’ll be amazed at how motivated kids become over learning to perform their very first pull up.
FORE Score is easy, quick, inexpensive, and it MOTIVATES KIDS to ACTIVELY LEARN to physically pull their own weight. Because of their abstract characteristics, NONE of the conventional body comp measurement tools motivate kids to do anything.
And Then There’s Accuracy…
Finally let’s talk about accuracy. FORE Score rewards body fat loss and muscle mass gain. FORE Score also punishes body fat gain and muscle mass loss. Where BMI is completely unable to distinguish between body fat and muscle mass (they’re both considered “weight”), FORE Score immediately makes those distinctions and they’re automatically reflected in performance change. In other words FORE Score automatically reflects changes in body composition (% of body fat), where BMI does not. Thus FORE Score is not only cost effective but it’s accurate in a way that BMI can never be.