Strong Is as Strong Does: Your Ideal Weightlifting Weight
The following table shows the average weights of all men and women in different weight classes. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, then your weight class would be 165 pound class. If you are between two weights, then it means that there is a difference of 10 pounds or less.
Weight Class Average Male Average Female 185 lb. 145 lb. 175 lb. 195 lb.
215 lb. 235 lb. 255 lbs.
Average male weight is 187 pounds while average female weight is 183 pounds; this indicates that males have slightly higher body fat percentage than females (9%) and that they tend to be heavier than females (185 vs 181). On the other hand, average male height is 5’10” and average female height is 4’11” which indicates that males are taller than females (5’10” vs 4’11”).
In general, the average person is lighter than the average athlete. However, athletes have better muscle mass and greater bone density compared with others. Therefore, their bodies tend to be stronger than those of non-athletes. Athletes usually weigh around 180 pounds while non-athlete individuals weigh from 150 to 190 pounds.
The following table shows the average weight for female athletes in different sports.
Sport Average Female Weight Volleyball 135 lb. Swimming 134 lb. Basketball 126 lb. Softball 125 lb.
Tennis 124 lb. Soccer 123 lb.
There is a huge difference in female weight across different sports. For instance, volleyball players are on average 10 pounds heavier than swimmers and 20 pounds heavier compared to basketball players. This table also shows that there is a strong positive relationship between average weight and the level of physical contact in a given sport. For example, boxers weigh around 175 pounds while basketball players weigh only 125 pounds.
It is important to note that female athletes do not have weight categories like men. They compete against each other regardless of their weight or body type. A 125-pound female athlete could potentially be competing against a 145-pound female athlete in the same tournament.
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Weight Categories in Different Sports
When you step into a boxing or wrestling competition, you will face people with similar weight and height. These sports have weight categories and competitors are weighed before the competition. The following table shows the different weight classes according to height.
Height Weight Classes 55 kg Flyweight 51 kg Light flyweight 50 kg Flyweight 47 kg Super flyweight 45.5 kg Flyweight 42.5 Super bantamweight 40.5 Bantamweight 39.5 Super featherweight 39 Featherweight 35 Lightweight 33 Light welterweight 31.5 Welterweight 30.5 Light middleweight 30 Middleweight 29.5 Light heavyweight 28 Heavyweight over 28 Heavyweight
These weight classes have been created taking into account the average height of people for each height. For example, a typical lightweight competitor stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 140 pounds.
The following table shows the average weight for male boxers in different weight classes.
Weight Class Average Weight Light flyweight 104 lb. Flyweight 112 lb. Super flyweight 125 lb. Flyweight 132 lb.
Light bantamweight 142 lb. Bantamweight 152 lb. Super bantamweight 162 lb. Featherweight 172 lb. Lightweight 182 lb. Light welterweight 192 lb. Welterweight 202 lb. Light middleweight 212 lb. Middleweight 222 lb. Light heavyweight 232 lb. Heavyweight over 232 lb.
If you are looking to step into the ring or the wrestling ring, it is important that you know your weight class. In most cases, you will not be competing against people who have a 28-inch waist if you have a 32-inch waist. This is why it is important that you know your weight class.
Divide your weight by the number corresponding to your height to find which weight class you should be in. If you get a decimal, ignore any decimals and round down if you are below 0.5. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and you are 5 feet 7 inches, your weight is between super featherweight (125 lb) and light welterweight (135 lb).
Thus, you should be competing in the light welterweight category since 0.875 is closer to 0.75 than it is to 1.
Weight Categories in Other Sports
Your weight may or may not be as important in other types of competitions. For example, if you are a rower, your weight could give you an advantage. A heavyweight rower would have an easier time moving his oar than a lightweight rower. However, a rower would not be able to gain an advantage by being obese.
Your weight does play a role in other sports such as cycling, long-distance running, swimming and even some ball games such as association football or soccer. If you are a cyclist and weigh 200 pounds, it will be harder for you to climb a hill than someone who weighs 170 pounds. In swimming, your body mass can either help you or hinder you. However, it is more important to be able to swim fast and to have a good swimming technique than it is to be heavy.
In running, your weight will neither help you nor hinder you. If you are a good runner, you will win no matter how much you weigh. In some ball games such as water polo, your weight can even be an advantage since you will be harder to pull back when defending your goal.
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The Jerusalem Diet: The One Day Approach to Reach Your Ideal Weight–and Stay There by T Haggard – 2010 – books.google.com
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