Snooker is different. it has a different kind of physicality to the point that it is a relaxing pass time where sweating and showers are not required. Yet since the very top players keep their weight down snooker is an example of how managing your weight can be relaxing and even feel effortless and not full of pain.
- constant standing, walking and moving for 8 hours a day: top players train for 8 hours a day
- a flatter stomach: A paunch would prevent you playing the tougher shots
- good flexibility for awkward shots
- exceptional mental stamina to win the 3 day final with repeated sessions of of 2 or more hours in a row
Suddenly I have a list of useful things that snooker requires and therefore selects for in its champions. All things that require decent training and fitness to achieve. I hadn’t thought much about it but Snooker is all about standing and walking for long, long periods. You have to lug around any extra pounds you are carrying and they will get in the way at crucial points because it will limit your flexibility and reach.