Who Are the Fittest Athletes on the Planet?
Some of the fittest people on Earth are elite-level athletes, which makes perfect sense given the physical demands of their sports and the daily grind they go through to get in optimum shape. Don’t believe us? Try completing the Sporter-approved sports performance workouts we recommended previously. That being said, here are some of the fittest athletes on the planet — in no particular order, of course.
Froning is one of the most decorated CrossFit athletes in the world, with 4 CrossFit Games titles, 2 CrossFit Games Affiliate championships, and many other accolades to his name. He was named “Fittest Man on Earth” by Men’s Fitness in 2014, and that distinction continues to be true today. One competition that Froning participated in required a 250-meter swim followed by a one-mile run, 50 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 150 squats, and a final mile run in soft sand.
Lebron James (Basketball)
James’ sustained excellence is largely a product of his otherworldly fitness, which in turn, is a byproduct of his grueling workouts, strict diet, and commitment to getting in the best shape of his life. Such is James’ commitment to his fitness that Business Insider reports that he spends over seven-figures per year on body care. He has also turned his home into his own personal gym, complete with an ice tub and hot tub, and a hyperbaric chamber.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer)
Ronaldo was Sports Illustrated’s fittest male athlete for 2017, and for good reason: The Portuguese winger is an amazing athlete with the physique of a Greek god. The world’s highest earning athlete per Ladbrokes, he remains as dominant and as popular as ever, helping Real Madrid win their third straight Champions League trophy this year. At the age of 33, most soccer players are looking at retiring. Not Ronaldo. He claims he has the biological age of a 23-year-old and is planning to keeping playing into his 40s.
Allyson Felix (Track and Field)
Already America’s sprinting golden girl for 11 years now, Felix plans to keep going until 2020. And the 32-year-old Californian certainly looks fit enough to stay competitive in the next 3 years. Felix has won some serious hardware in her decade of dominance already, and is, in fact, the most decorated athlete in World Championship history. She’s not yet done, though.
Simone Biles (Gymnastics)
Biles was the story of the 2016 Rio Olympics, dazzling everyone with her unparalleled grace, palpable charm, and beaming smile. While her performance at the Olympics looked effortless, what people didn’t see was the training that the diminutive Biles had to go through to put on that showcase. Her entire preparation day were dedicated to getting ready, from 7 am to 6 pm. The hard work paid off as she bagged five gold medals.
Tia-Clair Toomey (Weightlifting, CrossFit)
After consecutive second-place finishes in the CrossFit Games in 2015 and 2016, Toomey finally broke through last year, in the process earning the title “Fittest Woman on Earth.” And by the way, the Australian native is a competitive weightlifter, too, even representing her home country in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Here’s the catch: She became an Olympic-level weightlifter after only 18 months of serious training. Still just 24, the future no doubt looks bright for this two-sport star.
The athletes on this list redefine what it means to be at the peak of physical fitness.
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