For what it’s worth the FORE Score concept has yet to withstand the riggers of being officially vetted by a college, a university, a medical establishment, or a public health bureau. And we freely confess that we’re looking forward to the day when that task is complete because it will allow a lot more folks to seriously consider FORE Score the preferable alternative to conventional options such as BMI or skin calipers.
A Logical, Common Sense Vetting
But in the meantime, and until the official, conventional vetting is complete, let’s vet the FORE Score concept from a logical, practical, and an experiential perspective right now and see what we can come up with.
For starters, this concept revolves around a functional, body weight activity known as “Leg Assisted Pull Ups.” The basic idea is to begin the learning process with LOTS OF LEG ASSISTANCE. Then gradually, over time, the leg assistance is reduced in small increments until it’s no longer required. At this point the participant will have developed the ability to physically pull their own weight, i.e. to perform conventional pull ups.
Naturally Reflect Body Comp Changes
Now let’s recognize that ALL body weight exercises (including running, jumping, skipping, hopping, climbing, and pull ups, etc.) naturally and automatically reflect changes in body composition through changes in functional performance.
For example, GAIN 20 lbs of body fat and what happens to your ability to run, jump, and do pull ups? It deteriorates, right? Now lose that 20 lbs of body fat and what happens to your functional performance? It improves, automatically and naturally.
On the other hand gain 10 lbs of muscle mass and what happens to your functional performance? It automatically improves. Then lose 10 lbs of muscle mass and what happens to your functional performance. It automatically deteriorates.
This Doesn’t Constitute News
None of these observations will constitute news to anyone. Exercise Physiologists would all agree with them. Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and the Strength Coaches would find nothing to argue with. Medical Doctors, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, and the Registered Nurses would shrug their shoulders and say “So what?” Junior high and elementary school students would understand because they are so INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS.
Regardless of its obviousness, conventional academicians usually demand an official blessing from conventional sources before they officially agree to recognize the truth in anything. And on one hand we applaud this conservative approach to medical matters.
On the Other Hand…
On the other hand, if you’re sick and tired of pledging allegiance to concepts that have undermined kids from New York to LA, Miami to Seattle, you might be tempted to use the FORE Score concept in place of, or at least alongside BMI – because you see that, even without an official blessing, this concept gives you the accurate feedback you need to begin winning the war against childhood obesity. If that sounds like common sense, then by all means go for it.