Jockey height is influenced by many different factors, the most important being your size, which we’ll get to shortly, and how fast you run your race, which we’ve already covered in the previous section.
Jockey Weight and Body Fat
Some of you have already guessed where we’re headed. There is a correlation between jockey weight and body fat, but we’ve only started with a small group. It is extremely difficult to determine your actual body fat percentage, and even more difficult to know the proper amount of body fat to gain while maintaining your health.
Even when an individual has a BMI of 22-25 for men and 24-26 for women, it is likely that they also suffer from excess body fat. In fact, the American Diabetes Association reports that one pound of body fat doubles one’s risk of diabetes.
Fortunately, most healthy individuals maintain a fairly even BMI, with about a 5lb difference between the middle and bottom of the BMI distribution (this measurement is based on height and weight). As you can see, if you’re at the very top of the group, then that’s pretty easy.
What happens when an individual exceeds that 5lb, however? Because of increased body weight, and the tendency to maintain excess weight within the body, excess body fat can accumulate, especially around the face, neck, shoulders and arms.
The majority of jockeys we see come in at a 5-9lb range as opposed to the normal range of 12-15 to 15+ lbs. This can be due to a number of factors, some of them are a result of the particular jockeys that they race. However, that’s another conversation for another day.
In case you needed it, here are some examples:
Cable car drivers are generally much leaner than jockeys.
Cricket players are generally a little more muscular and lean.
The world record holder for the Olympic Luge is 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 170 pounds.
It’s not uncommon for people to take supplements that help with the fat burn that you gain from jockeying, but only if they’re not in serious trouble. There are also a number of studies that have shown that people have gained up to 20% body fat when jockeying.
In summary, unless you have a serious health problem, you should feel as good as any other runner, and as fast as you can.
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