Sinclair table

Sinclair Tables : Sometimes it is used to determine the strongest man or woman in the world, the table gives a coefficient to the athlete according to body weight, which when multiplied by the total he lifted turns that result into another equivalent.



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  • 1 Current trends
  • 2 Application and development
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Sources

Actual trends

In Weightlifting when the body weight categories emerged, those with greater muscle mass had advantages when compared to those with less weight, the idea arose to compare athletes with different body weights in a more fair and scientific way and thus be able to determine which was really the strongest; reason why it was customary to look for the Relative Strength of each one, an operation that was done dividing the result in kg that each athlete lifted by their body weight, this was inappropriate, since in this way those with lower body weight had advantages over those that they weighed more, since the relationship between strength and body weight is not directly proportional, that is, if an athlete in the 56 kg division lifts 300 kg in total,

Subsequently, scientific tables based on higher-level mathematical studies emerged and found fair forms of comparison between athletes of different body weights.

Among these tables is that of Dr. Sinclair, which bears his name. It gives a coefficient to the athlete according to their body weight, which when multiplied by the total they lifted converts that result into another equivalent for the division of more than 105 kg, so all athletes are evaluated as if they were in the same division of body weight, which enables a more scientific and fair comparison.

Application and development

The International Weightlifting Federation , IWF , has adopted this table for years and uses it at World Championships and other important events to select the strongest, as there is a table for each sex.

The coefficient corresponding to an athlete who weighs 55.6 kg, according to the table we are dealing with, is 1.558059274 and lifts a total of 305 kg., If we multiply this coefficient by the total mentioned, the result will be 475 kg, which is what theoretically is equivalent the total of 305 in the 56 kg with the total in the maximum division. Likewise, if we compare an athlete of 147.5 kg of body weight, whose corresponding coefficient is 1.009322505 who lifts a total of 472 kg and multiply these two figures, we will see that the result is 476 kg.

The example explained is real and they belong to the athletes Mutlu from Turkey and Rezazadeh from Iran, both totals were World Marks in their respective divisions, implanted in the Sydney 2004 Olympic Games. Yoelmis Hernández Paumier. Cuban athlete, weightlifting or weightlifting. Youth Olympic record and is World Runner-up, Pan American Champion and National Champion, champion of the I ALBA Sports Games. Glory of Cuban sports. Outstanding Athlete of America for the Sinclair Table.


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