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post #61 of 85

No one has yet to mention XC skiers?!!!!  They have the highest Vo2 max of any athletes, and much more balance in upper body/lower body fitness than any other endurance group.

post #62 of 85
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No one has yet to mention XC skiers?!!!!  They have the highest Vo2 max of any athletes, and much more balance in upper body/lower body fitness than any other endurance group.


Just for the record, I called cross country in post 56. Yup, really great conditioned.

 

Bikers and cross-country skiers - 2 sports diminished by dopers!

post #63 of 85

I'd think that cross-country skiers would rank highly, but the numbers and visibility are a lot smaller (at least in my part of the world) than, say, soccer players.

 

It should be great for cardio and full-body workout. Living most of my life on the east coast U.S., I haven't seen as many of them as I've seen soccer players, but I could totally believe they're as fit or fitter.

post #64 of 85

1) Competitive mixed martial artists;

2) Elite X-Country Skiers; tied with

2) World-class cyclists

post #65 of 85
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2) World-class cyclists



these the same guys who have elevators installed in there homes so they don't gain an ounce of muscle? 

post #66 of 85
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It should be great for cardio and full-body workout. Living most of my life on the east coast U.S., I haven't seen as many of them as I've seen soccer players, but I could totally believe they're as fit or fitter.


I saw a study of heart volume of athletes at the summer Olympics.  The largest was the rowers...makes sense, they are big people.  Soccer players, amazingly, were way down the list.

 

Here's vo2 max chart by sport.  Again, soccer looks to be full of  pansies who roll around and fake injury everytime they are touched.

 

vo2 max.PNG

 


 

post #67 of 85

Competitive hot dog eaters!

post #68 of 85
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Similarly, a few years ago a television programme here ran a comparison of the fitness levels of the major football codes played in Australia (Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Rugby Union and Rugby League) testing various traits  - speed, endurance, strength etc and allocating a score.  From memory the overall fitness ranking was a follows:

1              Australian Rules Football

2              Soccer

3              Rugby Union

4              Rugby League

 

Soccer probably would have ranked number one if it included a score for bad acting.  i


I would second Australian Rules Football. The average midfielder runs over 10 miles game, with the top midfielders running 13 miles +

 

Most of this is done at a sprint (players wear heart rate monitors). They are also physically strong to be able to withstand the nature of the sport - average bench press is 300lb, top end is somewhere around 400lb.

 

So that's a pretty good mixture of strength and endurance!

And no soccer wimps.


 

post #69 of 85

Hi all. 

Ever heard about tele racing.This is a sprint classic , a short version of the classic race that can last up to 4 minutes….where most skiers usually crash down at arrival to recover.

 

 http://www.youtube.com/user/franzzzzzzz#p/u/6/QCgDM_TwHBs

 

 

 

Man of few words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #70 of 85

Even though there is not enough objective criteria in this question, I will throw a few more into the mix.

 

Slalom Waterskierd

 

Rock climbers

 

Rondo racers

 

JF


Edited by 4ster - 9/10/10 at 9:49am
post #71 of 85

I would vote for:

 

1....World Class hotdog eaters

 

2...Tour  de France bike riders, 2500 miles thru the Alps/Pyrenees in 21 days

 

3...World class Nordic skiers

 

4...NBA basketball players

 

I was fit once long ago, lasted 20 minutes...no bigee!


Edited by nfp158 - 9/10/10 at 8:22pm
post #72 of 85

When I last looked into the matter the fittest athletes were said to be nordic skiers racing at the elite level. "Fitness" was understood as aerobic fitness and was measured exclusively in terms of VO2 Max. Much depends on what is to count as "fitness'.

 

I remember being on hand for a World Cup nordic race held in Canmore, Alberta. I was fitter then and a keen amateur racer. The day after the race I thought I would try to keep pace with some Russian racers who were doing training laps on skating skis. My plan was to see how long I could keep their pace. Judging from their expressions and the fact they kept the same pace for hours, they weren't working very hard. For me, and I only lasted for a couple of hundred yards, it was a flat out sprint before I fell apart. As if it isn't obvious, there's a big difference between the fitness levels of elite athletes and the rest of us, though I can really only speak for myself.

post #73 of 85
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Very hard to compare apples to apples on this one but I would put any Special Forces Soldier up against any professional athlete when it comes to fitness.  Throw in minimal sleep, extreme weather and rough terrain and it's not even a contest. 


I got to agree here the SF guys I've met and worked around are incredibly fit both physically and mentally.  Other than that I'd say a lot of infantrymen are rate up there.  As far as "athletes" the top mma guys need strength, endurance, and the ability to get the crap knocked out of them at the same time.

post #74 of 85
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Very hard to compare apples to apples on this one but I would put any Special Forces Soldier up against any professional athlete when it comes to fitness.  Throw in minimal sleep, extreme weather and rough terrain and it's not even a contest. 



If you include hand to hand combat, maybe, but I've seen a few of them try raids/adventure races, where contestants run up and down mountains, jumar up cliffs,  paddle hours of whitewater, etc, for days on end.  They get thrashed, usually by some Galoise smoking French guy who used to be an XC skier.

post #75 of 85
Thread Starter 

back again- poring with rain in auckland

stil we are better off than our brothers and sisters in christchurch that are recovering from a grade 7.4 earthquake

 

on topic yep motox riders (at top end ) are real fit and have to stay whole

our kiwi rubber man levi sherwood just broke his leg- only 20 points behind the leaders of red bull x fighters series

 

keep the chat flowing

post #76 of 85

Short answer Alpine skiers

 

Why Superstars Competitions from the years 2001, 2002, 2003. Herman Maier won in 2001, Bode Miller won in 2002, Jeremy Bloom won in 2003

 

post #77 of 85
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Short answer Alpine skiers

 

Why Superstars Competitions from the years 2001, 2002, 2003. Herman Maier won in 2001, Bode Miller won in 2002, Jeremy Bloom won in 2003

 

Jean Claude Killy won the very first Superstars back in the 70s'.  Skiers have always done well.

JF
 

post #78 of 85

Mention of Herman Maier above is definitely a good plug for skiers. He was impressive. Aussie Rules Football also would get a vote from me. Clearly requires serious abilities in all realms of fitness.

 

I have a hard time going with an endurance athlete as the fittest because it is too one dimensional.  That doesn't mean I'm not impressed with what they do. And in fact this week is coming up on the Terry Fox Run in most cities up here in Canada (and I believe they are spreading to other countries as well), and Terry Fox is the athlete I admire most of all time for his Marathon of Hope.  Awesome. 

 

Another new sport that I think reigns supreme in fitness is Parcour. I think it's only a matter of time before we start seeing parcour competitions (or maybe there already are?). google it if you're interested. It's seriously amazing. Basically it's what they're doing in all the cool fight scenes from recent movies. Seems impossible and yet not.  All elements of fitness required.

 

Hot dog eating is definitely an impressive skill!

 

Elsbeth

post #79 of 85
Thread Starter 

hi there

was wondering about the skiiers- please the downhillers get a vote

as an average skiier i know how knackered i am at end of a day- so hearing you on how fit the experts need to be

oh to be 25 years younger and 25 kg lighter

 

catch you around

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I have a hard time going with an endurance athlete as the fittest because it is too one dimensional.  

 

Another new sport that I think reigns supreme in fitness is Parcour.


Definitely agree with both.


 

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post #82 of 85

Basketball - Dwight Howard

Football - T.O. 5 years ago

post #83 of 85

 

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Football - T.O. 5 years ago


T.O. got his butt kicked by skiers in a Superstars comp last year.

JF
 

post #84 of 85
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T.O. got his butt kicked by skiers in a Superstars comp last year.

JF
 


Doing what?

 

How about this, if you were going to freeze an athlete as a specimen of the human race, in their prime, who would it be?  I think D. Howard is the one human being that sparks the most awe when you just look at the guy.  Maybe Michael Jordan, maybe Tiger at his best?  My vote still goes to Dwight though.
 

post #85 of 85
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T.O. got his butt kicked by skiers in a Superstars comp last year.

JF
 



If you look at the 10 General Physical Skills that were posted earlier ,it's not hard to see why Alpine skiers are at the top of the "Fit" food chain

No weaknesses in all 10 skills..

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