The magazine says that fitness is not just about bulging biceps but “what you do with the body you’ve built,” which includes setting or smashing records. Perhaps more importantly, the honor also involves inspiring others to achieve and leaving behind a physical fitness legacy, the magazine adds.
Men’s Health claims that gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, 27, stood out above every other athlete, particularly his five-hour-a day workouts: “I was doing 10 workouts a week in the pool, three weight workouts plus three core workouts. It was totally intense.” Healthy eating is also part of the analysis that put an elite athlete like Michael Phelps at the top of the list.
The top five (of 100 fittest men ever) most physically fit men according to Men’s Health are, in order, Michael Phelps, the late martial arts master Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the late fitness guru Jack LaLanne, and former NFL running back Herschel Walker who now competes in MMA.
With his success in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, and 2012 in London, Michael Phelps set an all-time medal record, winning a grand total of 22 Olympic medals (including 18 gold medals) in the swimming competition.
Do you believe that Michael Phelps qualifies as the fittest man of all time? Do you agree with putting Arnold Schwarznegger in the top five given that he has admitted using steroids during part of his bodybuilding career?