Freeletics training and clinically high weight: What you need to know

High Intensity Training, whether you are doing Bodyweight, Running or Gym, has been proven to contribute to the improvement of various systems within the body and is exceptionally effective if you wish to lose weight and reduce your body fat percentage. Many people have already managed to achieve successful results with Freeletics. It’s great that you too have decided to give it a try!

However, for those with a high bodyweight, High Intensity Training can present a number of risks, whether body weight is due to fat tissue, muscle mass or height. During Freeletics, the athlete’s bodyweight places stress on the entire musculoskeletal system, in particular on the joints of the lower limbs. We therefore recommend that any female athlete with a bodyweight in excess of 80kg, and any male athlete with a bodyweight of more than 100kg first consult a doctor before commencing Freeletics. Even if the individual is not overweight in the sense of being obese, or if the person’s weight is height-related, it is worth seeking consultation, and is preferably find a doctor specialized in sports medicine.

That being said, particular caution is advised to those who are clinically obese. Indications that you are overweight are based on the body composition and the ratio of weight to height, and not on nominal weight. Two indicators can be used as an initial form of assessment:

The BMI (Body Mass Index); which indicates the ratio of height to weight, and the WHR (waist-to-hip ratio); which can provide an indication of body composition.

People with a BMI of 25 or higher are generally considered to be overweight. A waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 or higher in women and 0.9 or higher in men provides an indication of a high body fat percentage, particularly in the stomach region, which often goes hand in hand with being overweight. If both indicators produce high values, we advise that you first consult a doctor as to whether Freeletics would be suitable for you. It is often recommended that you first lose weight by another means before commencing High Intensity Training. Your doctor will provide you with extensive consultation and advice to meet this aim.

The BMI is the ratio of body weight (in kilograms) to the square of the individual’s height (in meters): Bodyweight (in kg) / (Height x Height (in m))

The WHR is the ratio of the stomach measurement to the hip measurement in centimeters: Stomach measurement (in cm) / Hip measurement (in cm)

The best time to weigh yourself and take body measurements is in the morning on an empty stomach. The measurement is taken around two centimeters below the navel and at the broadest part of the buttocks, in each case parallel to the ground. When taking the measurement, stand up straight and breathe out gently. When determining your height, it may be worthwhile seeking the help of another person in order to avoid incorrect measurements due to bad posture.

Why two indicators?

Taking the BMI alone can often provide misleading results, as it doesn’t take into account the particularities of very tall people, very short people or athletes with a high muscle mass.

Choosing the WHR alone can provide an unfavorable result in the case of slim people, as it focuses more on body fat distribution.

However, if both results are above the stated values, it is very probable that the individual in question is overweight. That said, the figures we have stated should serve merely as a guide as to whether a visit to a specialist physician is required. Only a doctor can issue you a green light for Freeletics.

**Individual results may vary. Every person has unique experiences, exercise habits, and eating preferences, and will apply the given information according to their personal situation.

The services and information provided in the context of Freeletics and Freeletics services are neither medical nor a medical consultation. They neither represent a substitute for a medical examination or treatment. If you have any specific questions or doubts about health related matters, we recommend consulting a physician, physiotherapist, dietician or healthcare provider. Please also consider our health information in paragraph 4 of our Terms & Conditions.

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