Starting from the very early time in the 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 a large number of training hours.
An animal-like exercise regime was also a part of the training for gladiators who battled in the Colosseum. But in modern days, the science of nutrition and supplements opened a new door of maximizing fitness besides the rigorous physical training. So here’s our list of the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
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Fans have jaw-dropping experiences whenever they see the footballers exchanging their jerseys after the 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 the maximum performance possible because international events are decided on a pound-for-pound or second-for-second basis.
10. Rafael Nadal
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 on the clay court, especially in Roland Garros.
Nadal won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a record 36 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 championships. He was the winner of the singles event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was also a part of the Spanish national team which won the Davis Cup in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Nadal is the only player besides 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’. He now surely deserves his place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
9. Frederik Van Lierde
Belgian professional triathlete Frederik Van Lierde is widely considered the ultimate Ironman of all time. He is a piece of strength and endurance with 6 feet in 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 at 8:12:29 and became the eighth fastest champion in the 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 a huge appreciation for his victory in Deinze ½ Triathlon. He now holds his place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
8. Kohei Uchimura
Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura is the first gymnast in both males and females 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 is 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.
Uchimura won the All-Around gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics and also secured 4 silver medals in two Olympic Games. He achieved 10 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 5 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.”
7. Calvin Johnson
Wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Calvin Johnson, was nicknamed the Megatron for his amazing ability. He has covered the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds and 100 meters in 10.23 seconds. Johnson now has a massive structure of 6 feet 5 inches in 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. Johnson 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 the 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 six times.
He was constantly placed in the top position on the list of NFL Top 100 from 2011. Johnson was also listed as the second-best in 2014. He now holds the seventh place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
6. Rich Froning
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 at Cookeville High School where he played baseball and was an all-region second baseman.
He received a baseball scholarship to Walters State Community College after finishing high school. Soon after, he took himself out of baseball and started to work at the Cookeville Fire Department. He also did his study at Tennessee Technological University.
While having his fire department training, he developed an interest in strength and also for CrossFit games, and the rest is history. Rich surely deserves the sixth place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
5. Michael Phelps
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, he has achieved 18 gold medals. He also established the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Phelps made that record with his eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Phelps is the only player to be named as the most successful athlete of the Olympics three times in a row. In his entire career, he has won a total of 82 Olympic and International medals. Out of which, he has achieved 65 gold medals.
He was named World Swimmer of the Year seven times and American Swimmer of the Year nine times. Phelps was also named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2008. He then became the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012. He now holds the fifth place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
4. Floyd Mayweather
Recent undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather is the only athlete in history besides Tiger Wood to be named under the top 10 in the list of highest-paid athletes 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 50 professional boxing matches and won all of them while knocking out the opponent 26 times.
Mayweather is now the undefeated five-division world champion. He was also rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many international media houses. Many magazines such as Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, and Fox Sports named him the best. 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. One of the greatest boxers of all time, Mayweather, now holds his place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the best forwards of recent days and also one of the greatest football players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also famous for his chiseled physique and his soccer talents. His transfer amount of $132 million during the 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. He now also has a fashion house with CR7 branding. The Manchester United star now holds third place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
From 2009 to 2018, when he played for Madrid, he scored 311 goals in 292 appearances for the club. Cristiano also scored 95 goals in his 162 international appearances. He then joined the Italian side Juventus before moving to Manchester United in August 2021.
During his peak form in 2008, he won 3 out of 4 main PFA and FWA trophies. Those are 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 five times now.
2. LeBron James
The recent sensation of the basketball field and also the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer, LeBron James got a perfect 40 on 40 scores in Sports Illustrated’s Fittest 50 benchmark. With his 6 feet 8 inch height and 113-kilo weight, he created many historic records. Besides, 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 the 2003 NBA draft. He was then transferred to Miami Heat in 2010. During his Miami days, he won the NBA Championship twice and became the NBA final MVP both times.
He is four times ‘NBA Most Valuable Player‘ and made it to NBA All-Star 17 times. He was selected in the All-NBA First Team 13 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. He also achieved Sporting News Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. He now holds second place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
1. Usain Bolt
The list will just be misery if the fastest man on earth will also not end 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 in the 2009 Berlin World Championship. Bolt made it for running 100 meters under 9.58 seconds and running 200 meters in 19.19 seconds.
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 the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 3 more in the 2012 London Olympics. He won 8 gold medals in three world championships and also took a gold medal in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Bolt surely deserves the top place among the top 10 fittest male athletes in the world.
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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FAQs Regarding Fittest Male Athletes
Q. Who are the fittest Olympic athletes?
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was the fittest male athlete of 2017, according to Health Fitness Revolution. The sports magazine Sports Illustrated ranked Ashton Eaton as the world’s fittest decathlete in 2016, along with Jessica Ennis-Hill as the fittest heptathlete.
Q. Are Crossfitters really the fittest on earth?
No, not the universe. Froning is clearly the best at CrossFit, but it’s important to remember that it is a sport – one of many, many that exist. So CrossFit has no business labeling their reigning champ as the “Fittest on Earth” or Froning as the “Fittest in History.”
Q. Who is the fittest athlete in the world?
Sports Illustrated named NBA superstar LeBron James the fittest male athlete in the world. Athletes were rated on speed, strength, agility, and endurance for the first time in the magazine’s history. James came in with a perfect 40 for each of those categories, scoring 10 out of 10.
Q. Who is the most in-shape person in the world?
Strongman and author of The World’s Fittest Book, Ross Edgley is sometimes called The World’s Fittest Man for record-breaking cardio exploits. Among his accomplishments are being an extreme adventurer, swimming ultra-marathons at sea, and writing books.
Last Updated On: January 2022