“It’s Totally an Unhealthy Relationship With Food”

Posted by Ed 15 mths ago
“It’s Totally an Unhealthy Relationship With Food”
Being an offensive lineman doesn’t just require athletes to be muscular; it mandates that they are bigger than their bodies want to be. To maintain the size and weight required by the position, prospects and veterans alike are driven to adopt extreme eating habits. But once their careers are over, it’s not always easy to return to a healthy lifestyle.
During the NFL combine in February, there was a lot of buzz surrounding an offensive lineman named Ben Bartch. Media outlets all over the world did stories about him. It was an unusual amount of attention for any offensive lineman—a position group that tends to get overlooked or outright ignored when the cameras are on and the microphones are out—and particularly for one who went to Division III St. John’s in tiny Collegeville, Minnesota.

Part of what made Bartch so compelling was the fact that during his college career he transitioned from a 230-pound freshman playing tight end to an offensive lineman trying to make it in the NFL at well north of 300 pounds. That kind of metamorphosis alone could have been worthy of some gawking coverage, but it was the method Bartch employed to gain some of that weight that really thrust him into the spotlight.

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Ed 15 mths ago
Why Are Sumo Wrestlers Fat?
Dressed in a historical loincloth and wearing his hair in a topknot, a sumo wrestler’s goal is to force his opponent beyond the ring or knock him off his feet.

Sumo wrestling may seem funny or strange to a Western audience, but it’s a long-standing tradition of Japanese culture. Unlike your typical western wrestlers, sumo wrestlers are fat, but why is that?
Sumo wrestlers are fat so that they don’t get easily pushed out from the ring by their opponents. Because a sumo wrestler’s goal is essentially to be immoveable to his opponent, being fat is to his advantage. The more mass a sumo wrestler has, the more force required to move him.
Sumo wrestlers are fat because they rely on their weight to make it harder for their opponents to push them off the ring. Although not always visible, a sumo wrestler’s body also has many muscles to help them fight in the ring.
Sumo wrestlers have a high percentage of subcutaneous fat, the fat just beneath the skin, rather than the more dangerous fat found around the internal organs. Muscle gives a sumo wrestler the strength to push his opponent, and the subcutaneous fat makes him difficult to be pushed in turn.
Underneath all that fat, sumo wrestlers are typically very strong. Their training regimen starts as early as 5 a.m. every day and lasts up to six hours, including squats, stomps, splits, and sparring matches.
The most grueling part of the workout is the butsukari, where one wrestler throws himself at another in a body slam until he collapses from exhaustion.
A sumo wrestler’s hours-long exercise routine, combined with his high caloric intake, means he gains both fat and muscle.

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