Philmont weight limits
Rick Weekley (jmar@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 14:21:35 -0600
I just thought I'd relate something that might have some bearing on the
weight issue. Warren Moon played many successfull seasons with the Houston
Oilers some years ago. He was built like a brick. I think that I can say
without too much fear of contradiction that he was WAY out of the
height/weight tables. However, I would also venture to suggest that he
could probably jog UP the trails at Philmonot with me AND my pack tied to
his back and not really feel it that much. I don't think that he had
hardly any excess fat on his body, it was all muscle.
The point I'm trying to make is that mindless reliance on height/weight
charts is kind of like universities relying solely on the SAT scores for
admissions. Yeah, it looks good for the potential lawsuit but it is
grossly unfair for a lot of people.
It would seem ludicrous, to me, for some medico at Philmont telling some
star athlete that he was too heavy and had to starve himself enough to burn
off muscle tissue in order to meet the chart. Thats right! More exercise
will not burn of fat he doesn't have! He would have to get to the point
that he was less healthy in order to qualify.
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