Q1. What are the short and long term goals of FORE Score?
A. The first and most important FORE Score goal is to actively cultivate a participant’s intrinsic desire/motivation to be strong (all kids naturally want to be strong at everything), in this case to be able to physically pull their own weight (do pull ups). Once that flame is sufficiently lit, most participants will, of their own accord, do whatever it takes (including improve their eating and exercise habits when necessary) to reach their long term goal which is to arm themselves against obesity for life by learning and maintaining the ability to pull their own weight. Without intrinsically, self-motivated participants, the odds of beating the obesity epidemic are extremely poor at best.
Q2. When you say that a FORE Score is ACCURATE what exactly do you mean?
A. We mean that when body composition (% of body fat) improves (body fat is lost or muscle mass is gained) functional performance along with one’s FORE Score improves. When body composition deteriorates (body fat is gained or muscle mass is lost) functional performance along with one’s FORE Score deteriorates. BMI alone cannot live up to this claim. But, by combining BMI together with FORE Score, obesity screenings accurately reflect changes in body composition without additional expense.
Q3. When you say that a FORE Score makes meaningless obesity screenings MEANINGFUL, what exactly do you mean?
A. We mean that BMI (and other body comp measurements) are abstract, employ formulas that participants normally don’t understand, and as such they lack meaning for those being tested. In contrast, FORE Score is so simple that participants not only understand WHAT they’re doing, but WHY they’re doing it, and HOW to make regular, documented progress (how to create tangible returns on their investments of time and effort) which in turn actively cultivates the intrinsic motivation that’s so necessary in preventing and rehabbing obesity.
Q4. So is it correct to say that if participant A has a better FORE Score than participant B, then A automatically has a better (lower) % of body fat than B?
A. No, that’s incorrect because when it falls below 100 (the ability to do one conventional pull up equals a 100 Fore Score) a FORE Score reflects not only body comp changes, but also kinesthetic know-how, and motivation levels. So at this “learning stage” a FORE Score does not necessarily correlate directly to % of body fat. However, once a participant develops a FORE Score of 100 or more (once they can do at least one pull up) odds are overwhelming that their body fat will be BELOW 30%, which is to say they’re NOT OBESE. And if they maintain a FORE Score of 100 or better (which requires decent eating and exercise habits), odds are they will never be obese.
Q5. Are there mistakes to be avoided when using the FORE Score protocol?
A. Yes, there are four common mistakes that are made when helping kids learn to do pull ups and (in the process) improving their FORE Score. All of these mistakes undermine the cultivation of intrinsic, self-motivation if not actively avoided.
1. The first is to make participants’ starting points too difficult. Success breeds success and thus starting points should be relatively easy in order to insure immediate success.
2. Second is the attempt to make progress in large chunks instead of small, but consistent bites which insure continual success and increased motivation.
3. Third is to employ conventional competition (Jimmy VS Johnny) instead of self competition (Johnny this week VS Johnny next week, etc.).
4. The fourth is to employ extrinsic rewards (including grades, trinkets, money, etc) all of which inevitably undermine intrinsic, self-motivation and the possibility of any long lasting success.
Q6. Who should consider using BMI + FORE Score?
A. Anyone who’s interested in making documented progress against the ongoing obesity epidemic should seriously consider using BMI + FORE Score for their measurement tool of choice. So this group would include anyone from school nurses and physical educators in the local school system, to pediatricians, GP’s, family physicians, chiropractors, YMCA’s, Boys and Girls Clubs, and PARENTS who’d like to help their own kids arm themselves against obesity (and the myriad of related problems) for life.
Q7. Does your foundation or anyone you’re connected with sell the equipment with which to produce a FORE Score? If not, what’s your motivation for advancing this concept?
A. No, our foundation does not sell equipment. But we do sell books having to do with the topic of functional obesity prevention. Our motivations include the fact that we’ve been around the obesity issue long enough to recognize how much of a problem it is for so many kids, soon to be adults. Second, the resistance from conventional circles has been so pervasive that we’re inspired to push even harder on behalf of this utterly simple solution to a supposedly complex problem. Finally, the possibility of solving a really big problem for lots of people lends meaning, purpose, and direction to our hours, days, and weeks. In short, we’re intrinsically motivated to help resolve this problem.