Starting from the very early time in Greek-Roman period till the modern days, the trend of being the strongest and the fittest person has always made people happy and proud. From the ancient records, we get to know that Spartans and Athenians from the early Greek period were always desperate to portray themselves as the fittest warriors, and for that, they spent large number of training hours. Animal-like exercise regime was also a part of the training for gladiators who battled in the Colosseum. But in modern days, science of nutrition and supplements opened a new door of maximizing the fitness besides the rigorous physical training. So here’s our list of Fittest male Athletes.
Fans have jaw-dropping experiences whenever they see the footballers exchanging their jerseys after game and their chiseled physiques are displayed on the giant screens. Conan the barbarian, The Predators or the Terminator: name any movie that featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, and anyone can understand why he was considered as the ultimate fit guy. Sports stars always maintained their physical aspects to achieve maximum performance possible because international events are decided in pound-for-pound or second-for-second basis. So here is the list of 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
10 Fittest male Athletes in the world
The list will just be a misery if the fastest man on earth will also not start the fittest males’ list. Usain aka ‘the Lightning’ Bolt can cross the finish line with a groundbreaking top speed of 48 kilometers per hour. He established two unbeaten world records for running 100 meters under 9.58 seconds and running 200 meters in 19.19 seconds in 2009 Berlin World Championship. His personal collection of honors includes the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year and L’Équipe Champion of Champions. Starting from 2007 when he first started to be the best, till now, with his lightning speed, he achieved 3 gold medals in 2008 Beijing Olympic and 3 more in 2012 London Olympic. He won 8 gold medals in three world championships and also took a gold medal in 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The recent sensation of basketball field and also the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer, LeBron James got a perfect 40 on 40 score in the Sports Illustrated’s Fittest 50 benchmark. With his 6 feet 8 inch height and 113 kilo weight, his dribbling and shot making skills always create waves in the gallery during games. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall in 2003 NBA draft and transferred to Miami Heat in 2010. During his Miami days, he won the NBA Championship twice and became the NBA final MVP both the times. He is four times NBA Most Valuable Player and made it to NBA All-Star ten times. He was selected in the All-NBA First Team eight times and into the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times. During his highest performance level in 2013, he was named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, Sporting News Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
One of the best forwards of recent days and also one of the most skillful players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also famous for his chiseled physique besides his soccer talents. His transfer amount of $132 million during Manchester United to Real Madrid shift is the second most expensive transfer in football history. The captain of the Portuguese national football team was famously known as CR7, and also has a fashion house with the CR7 branding. From 2009, when he started with the Madrid till now, he scored 166 goals in 179 appearances for the club. Cristiano also scored 50 goals in his 114 international appearances. During his peak form in 2008, he won 3 out of 4 main PFA and FWA trophies which are the FIFA World Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year and FIFPro Player of the Year. He also achieved the Ballon d’Or in 2013.
Recent undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather is the only athlete in history besides Tiger Wood to be named under top 10 in the list of Richest Celebrity 100 by Forbes with his $105 Million earning. He also tops the Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes for three consecutive times from 2012. He contested in 47 professional boxing matches and won all of them while knocking out the opponent 26 times. He is now the undefeated five-division world champion also rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many international media houses such as Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec and Fox Sports. He recently received huge appreciation for his back to back victory against Argentinian boxer Marcos Maidana. Besides boxing, he also appeared on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars.
The godfather of swimming, Michael Phelps, is not only the greatest swimmer of all time but also considered as one of the greatest athletes in history. He is the most decorated Olympian of all time with his 22 medals in three Olympics out of which 18 is gold. He also established the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games with his eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. He is the only player to be named as the most successful athlete of Olympic three times in a row. In his entire career till now, he has won a total of 77 Olympic and International medals out of which 61 is gold. He was named World Swimmer of the Year seven times and American Swimmer of the Year nine times. Phelps also named as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2008 and the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012.
Greatest CrossFit athlete of all time and reigning champion of CrossFit Games, Rich Froning Jr., is the first and only person to win the title of “Fittest Man on Earth” four times consecutively starting from 2011. His roaring physique can deadlift 545 pounds, can snatch 300 pounds and do 75 chin-ups after that. He started his sports career in Cookeville High School where he played baseball and was an all-region second baseman. He received baseball scholarship to Walters State Community College after finishing his high schools. Soon after, he took himself out of the baseball and started to work at the Cookeville Fire Department and his study at Tennessee Technological University. While having his fire department training, he developed interest in strength and also for CrossFit games, and the rest is history.
Wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Calvin Johnson, was nicknamed the Megatron for his amazing ability to cover 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds and 100 meters in 10.23 seconds with his massive structure of 6 feet 5 inches height and 239lb weight. He recently signed a $132 million eight-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions in 2012. He broke the single-season record for 1848 receiving yards by all-time great Jerry Rice and also tied with the record of eleven 100-yard games in a season by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. After being drafted as the second pick of first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the lions, he was already selected in First-team All-Pro three times. He became the NFL Receiving yards leader twice and made it to the Pro Bowl four times. He was constantly placed in the top position on the list of NFL Top 100 from 2011 and listed as the second best in 2014.
Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura is the first gymnast in both male and female to win every major all-around title in a single Olympic cycle. He showed his talent in various genres of gymnastics which includes all-around, team, floor, high bar, and parallel bars, and widely considered as one the greatest gymnasts of all time. He was once described as the “combination of tremendous difficulty, supreme consistency and extraordinary elegance of performance” by the International Gymnast Magazine. He won the All-Around gold medal in 2012 London Olympic and also secured 4 silver medals in two Olympic Games. He achieved 6 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 4 bronze medals in World Championships and 3 gold, a silver and a bronze in World Cup. He never skipped a single day of training to achieve the highest perfection possible and stated, “I don’t believe in God. I never had lucky charms. All I believe in is practice.”
Frederik Van Lierde
Belgian professional triathlete Frederik Van Lierde is widely considered as the ultimate Ironman of all time. He is a piece of strength and endurance with 6 feet height and 74 kilo weight. Frederik is the current Ironman triathlon world champion and a reigning champion of various triathlete events. He trained for two long years under his coach former world record holder Luc Van Lierde and became the only second Belgian person after his coach to win the Ironman Championship. He made the record on 13 October 2013, where he finish the whole event in 8:12:29 and became the eighth fastest champion in 35-year history of the ironman event. His 2013 event includes 51:02 swimming, 4:25:37 biking and 2:51:18 marathon. He recently got huge appreciation for his victory in Deinze ½ Triathlon.
Current World No. 2, Rafael Nadal, is widely considered as the greatest tennis player of all time by many other champions such as former world No. 1 Andre Agassi. He was nicknamed “The King of Clay” for his amazing performance in clay court especially in Roland Garros. He won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 championships. He was the winner of singles event in 2008 Beijing Olympic and was also a part of Spanish national team which won Davis Cup in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Nadal is the only player beside Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam. He was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2011. To honor his contribution to Tennis, a main belt asteroid discovered at the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca in 2003 was named after him as 128036 Rafaelnadal.
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Other notable mentions on the list are the track-and-field dynamo Ashton Eaton who captured three USA Outdoor championships, rowing superstar Eric Murray who won the gold medal in the rowing coxless pair competition at the 2012 London Olympics and the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones whose kick generated a whooping force of 2,750 pounds.
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