What is fitness?
- Dear Sir,
I have read a lot of your material and think you are
extremely knowledgeable. I have a dilemma. A person i know
(who considers himself a scientist) is telling people they
are unfit if they can not:
A. Run a mile in 6 min. for males
B. Row 2000 meters in a certain amount of time.
For the rowing he takes your body weight runs it through
the calculation to determine your met level, and then of
course compares that to the standardized guidelines put out
by concept 2. The people who put out the Concept 2 rowing
ergometer. He states that because i weigh 240 and have a
2000 meter time of 7:57, that i am unfit.
Now granted, i was an Olympic Weightlifter all of my
life except for high school sports and Recreational sports,
but can you say i am unfit just because i don't meet these
standardized calculations? Can a marathon runner carry
100lbs up five flights of stairs or squat 500lbs? Are they
If one person is 250 lbs and a strength athlete, and
another athlete is a 175lb marathon runner, can you compare
them and say one is unfit?
I would very much appreciate any help you can give me
with this. I know you are very busy but if you could give me
any help on this i would very much appreciate it. If you can
only point me in the right direction i would be grateful.