From Miguel at Gun Free Zone:
Amazed to find out that exercise equipment is designed for people that are already fit.
“If I had the weight limit you recommend, I would not need your ****ing expensive machine to begin with.”
You can say that again!
It's depressing to shop for fitness equipment, only to find that its maximum weight capacity is a long way below one's present weight. What's more, even if one is within the weight capacity of the machine, it'll creak, groan and complain during use, as if to say, "Only just!"
Of course, with so much exercise equipment now being made in China, where people are naturally smaller, that explains a lot of it. That's also why early Japanese cars were so tiny inside - they sized them for Japanese drivers and passengers. They had to figure out that selling them in America and Europe required designing them for larger people.
Hmmm . . . now that so much military hardware (tanks, self-propelled artillery, etc.) is being made in countries like China and South Korea, and is being actively exported: are they sizing it for export customers' populations, or expecting them to recruit only small soldiers?