The 25 Fittest Men of All Time
These guys don’t just run fast, lift a lot, and break records left and right. Their commitment to exercise also inspires others to get healthy
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It started with a simple question: Who is the fittest man of all-time?
Go ahead. Think about it. We did. And the answer wasn’t easy.
For starters, define fit. Is a marathoner more fit than a running back? Is Lance Armstrong more fit than Greg LeMond? Does it matter if he’s done steroids? Richard Simmons doesn’t look like an Olympian, but the guy works out every day, and he’s inspired millions of people to follow his lead. Does that make him fit? You see where this is going. (We didn’t finish a lot of work that day.)
When judging the fittest men of all-time, Men’s Health decided on a few caveats. Fitness, as we define it, isn’t just about how much you can lift, how fast you can sprint, or how many records you’ve broken. It’s also about what else you do with the body you build—the people you inspire, and the legacy you leave behind. Here, the top of the list: The 25 Fittest Men of All Time. Click here to see the full ranking of The 100 Fittest Men of All-Time by the editors of Men’s Health.