Michael Phelps is in the spotlight once again, but this time it’s not for winning gold!
Instead he’s being heralded as “The Fittest Man Of All Time” by Men’s Health Magazine. Hmm, really?
I’ll be honest when I first read that Phelps was being honored with such a prestigious title I was perplexed. Let me explain why…
As you know I’ve just come back from a weekend of Crossfit training and my definition of ‘fitness’ has changed quite a bit over the last few months. Earlier in the year I visited Reebok 5th Ave and attended a workout with Rich Fronning – winner of the 2012 Crossfit Games. Now here’s someone I would regard as the fittest man in the world!
Rich demonstrates remarkable ability in all of the areas that comprise true fitness – cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Yet for some reason he’s not even included in the Men’s Health list! Do you know who is? LL Cool J is. Arnold Schwarzenegger is. So are Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman and even Gerard Butler along with many other famous celebrities. But Rich Froning who is literally the fittest man on the planet – nope!
Now if you read the Men’s Health definition of ‘Fitness’ they say that it’s not just about how fast you run, jump or how many medals you have. They also take into consideration how your fitness has inspired others. Okay let’s go with that shall we? What has LL Cool J done to inspire people? How about Hugh Jackman or Brad Pitt? Jason Statham? Yep he’s on the list too. I love the guy but is he inspirational? Sure they may have great bodies but are any of these guys fitness gurus? I may buy into Arnold making the list…well because he’s Arnold and without a doubt he’s inspired millions to hit the gym. But Hugh Jackman… really?
As for Phelps, I’m sure his workout is tough. In fact I’ve seen it and it’s of course…Olympic. He’s obviously the best swimmer in the world as well as the most decorated Olympian of all time – no one can dispute that. BUT, I don’t think those accomplishments earn him the title of ‘Fittest Man Of All Time’ and truthfully, what has he done to inspire people to become fitter and healthier? Or is simply competing and winning enough to be considered inspirational?
Look I know I’m being picky here. But who exactly put this list together at Men’s Health? Michael Phelps may be more famous, have more endorsements and gold medals, but Froning is the fittest man in the world. When I think of inspiration, I’m not thinking of Phelps. Google Rich Froning and watch him at the Crossfit Games – that’s fitness!
But what about you? Do you think Phelps deserves the title of the Fittest Man Of All Time? If not – who does?
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