by Frank Hurley
An MMA fighter should first base his ideal weight on medically approved and tested standards outlined below. Once you have a ball park figure for your ideal weight, you can then make a sober judgement about your conditioning levels and then make some long term plans to get to a good fighting weight.
It is great to ask: How much should I weigh? Am I overweight? How high is my Body Mass Index (BMI)? Being over or below weight may effect your health.
If you know your height you will be able to check to see how much you should weigh. To mark your height, first tape a 11 1/2″ by 8″ piece of paper to the wall.
Next, make a line at the top of your head, using a pencil or pen, to show how tall you are. Do not forget to take off your shoes before checking your height.
Starting at the mark you made on the paper measure the distance to the floor. Then log that height measurement on another piece of paper. Using a weight scale check your weight. Subtract a few pounds for your clothes.
Find your height and weight in the height weight table and determine how much you should weigh. Go on the internet to find a height weight chart. Use a search engine and look for the term “height weight” table.
What is my Body Mass Index Number?
I recommend that you use Wikipedia’s Body Mass Index table (BMI) as it is very complete with all the necessary information you need for a complete evaluation of your height weight. You may also use the search engines Yahoo, Google or another search engine if you prefer.
You may use another BMI (Body Mass Index) chart is you choose. First locate the height on the height weight table and scan across to find the ideal weight. There will be a choice of either a man or woman in the height weight table, so remember to choose your gender before going on to the next step.
Another measurement to use to answer the “how much should I weigh” question is to compute the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is an indicator of how much fat you have on your body. The indicator on the table will show that you are severely underweight, normal, overweight or obese class I, obese class II or obese class III.
The person with average body weight will fall between 18.5 and 24.9 on the BMI (Body Mass Index) table. A person with a BMI of between 18.5 and 22.9 have a low risk of developing heart disease or diabetes.
Although there are many different methods to determine how much you should weigh, the BMI (Body Mass Index) reliable ways to help you find a fit weight for you.