The scope of sports and athletics is interesting because of how many different body types we see. Different people excel at different sports because of their particular build and the demands of the sport itself. As a result, we see widely different physiques in something like tennis compared to strongman competitions. Participants in both sports are able to call themselves athletes but often we have to sit back and wonder, which athletes are really the “fittest”? Here is a look at a few different sports and the wide range of physical attributes they exemplify.
Football is known for being an aggressive and somewhat dangerous sport that has immense depth to it. The incredible thing about football is how many different body types are front and center in this sport. Depending on position, we may see everything from lean, sprinting-focused athletes to huge towering physiques with a high body fat percentage.
While some quarterbacks like Russell Wilson or famously, Michael Vick, can run and maneuver as well as running backs, others like Ben Roethlisberger are not concerned with being exciting and dynamic. Ben’s huge, lumbering 6’5” height and 250lb build make him a strong athlete that shakes off tackles. This is one of the reasons why the Steelers are so consistently picked by analysts in their NFL picks and parlays. Despite being so massive, NFL athletes are quite athletic and do an intense amount of cardio throughout their game as well. Unfortunately, football also comes with a high risk of injury including brain trauma and knee problems.
Swimming is an incredibly low-impact sport that is much more forgiving on the body. Most doctors would tell you it is actually one of the best forms of exercise to perform regularly. While it is cardio-intensive and a great workout, it is also remarkably gentle on your spine and joints. Swimmers are known for having long and incredibly lean bodies that are still very powerful and dynamic. Due to the immense effort it takes to swim all day long, top athletes like Michael Phelps must eat thousands of calories a day or they become far too thin quickly.
If you’re interested in having an envious body and some terrific skills to show off, gymnastics is one of the most underrated and valuable sports to pick up. Gymnasts are known for their excruciatingly difficult workout regimens that push their bodies to the limit. For their efforts and persistence, gymnasts are granted very prominent biceps, as well as the best six packs you will find in sports. Of course, this also comes with amazing flexibility and agility. Although gymnastics may be very challenging at the higher levels, major injuries are not that common, and instead you may experience some joint soreness and a lot of blisters.
The stereotype of your average gym-goer is one of a big bulky guy that is out of breath after a flight of stairs. CrossFit athletes are here to change your opinion of what weightlifting is with their specific workout plan and circuit training. The sport of CrossFit borrows many elements from other workout regiments and blends it together into one program. There are elements of Olympic weightlifting, calisthenics, strong men competitions, cardio workouts, and more. Instead of bulky bodybuilders, more commonly seen are athletes that have a good blend of muscle and stamina. CrossFit has many great benefits, but because of the high-intensity nature of the exercise, injuries are not uncommon.
Bicycling is a leisurely activity for many, and an intense workout for others. A healthy love for biking can be very therapeutic and put you in good shape for the rest of your life. There is the added benefit of getting to enjoy the outside world and fresh air instead of being stuck in a hot, dusty gym all day. While no one will argue that bicycling is a great exercise, it certainly does not give you a balanced physique. Most bicyclists end up being incredibly quad-dominant, leading to a more muscular look for the bottom half and a leaner look on the torso.