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Thread: Which sports competitors have to be the fittest overall ?

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    Which sports competitors have to be the fittest overall ?

    Tennis players ?

    Footballers for 90 mins ?

    Rugby players for 80 mins ?

    Swimmers ?

    Cricketers ?

    Golfers ?

    Marathon runners ?

    Pretty much at the top of the list for me it must be the cyclists who compete in the likes of the Tour de France etc, grueling day after day.

    What do you think ?

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    Darts players…. Definitely darts players

    Or maybe triathletes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Darts players…. Definitely darts players

    Or maybe triathletes
    Those pint glasses don’t lift themselves :-)

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    Cyclists are fit but in a fairly linear way, particularly road cyclists and within that climbers will sometimes struggle to walk around for long off the bike.

    All-round functional fitness and a balance between strength and cardio I would say boxers come out on top.

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    I think the question is "fit for what?" What's the definition of fitness?

    The top echelon in every sport are "fit" for that sport. But watch a top runner try to cycle, a cyclist try to run, a footballer try to row, a rower try to play 90 minutes football, and you realise there's no such thing as "fitness."

    I suppose the answer, by definition, has to be Crossfit. That's a sport set up to test all-round fitness.
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    Cross-country skiiers followed by cyclists imho

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    Biathletes.
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    Impossible question to answer really. Are we comparing the very top sportmen/women in each discipline or the average professional (or even amateurs) though imagine many people here will side with their favourite sport.

    Tour cyclists and marathon runners have endurance but don't think that equates to all round fitness. Certainly would rule out rugby players as they can often hide behind bulk and size. Does a golfer have to be really fit?

    I'd say tennis player must be up there to be able to play, possibly for several hours, at the highest level. Unlike boxers, rugby players, swimmers they have a physique more like the average person too.

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    Most forms of martial arts require incredible all-round strength, cardio, stamina, concentration, balance, rapid speed of reaction, extreme agility, and explosive power.

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    I would say Triathletes after all a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride then a Marathon is enough to blow any single sports people away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Boxers. It's the hardest game.
    Or MMA. 5 x 5 minute rounds must be a challenge.

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    All round surely it's a decathlete.

    Heart and cardio would be road cyclists 100%, none of this velodrome nonsense.

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    I know that dinghy sailors burn 7000 Kcal (no typo) per day when it is windy: hiking, pulling the sheet, keeping the boat in balance and often soaked to their skin so the body has to work harder to keep warm. The sailors manning the racers of the America's Cup burn more or less the same.

    It does not tell us how fit these sailors are, but perhaps a more educated person than me can see a correlation between burning Kcal and fitness.

    The Dutch Olympic Committee tested the Dutch sailors back in 2019 and the outcome stunned everybody.

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    Stupid question really because they all do.

    At the top of any sport, the margins between winning and losing are minuscule. The only way to be at the top is to be at your peak of physical fitness. Some athletes can maintain that peak over longer periods and so are more successful but unless you are at a higher level than your competitors on any given day, you are not going to win.

    Of course different sports require different attributes, whether that be strength, speed, endurance, accuracy (darts, snooker etc) or even mental agility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-r View Post
    All round surely it's a decathlete.
    Not sure the throwing events require much fitness, more a test of strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Not sure the throwing events require much fitness, more a test of strength.
    Tests of explosive HIT training for strength and speed. Upper, lower and core body. Medium length running too.

    It's a no brainer for the question asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-r View Post
    Tests of explosive HIT training for strength and speed. Upper, lower and core body. Medium length running too.

    It's a no brainer for the question asked.
    It it were a no brainer the only answer would be yours.

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    Perhaps too make the question less stupid lets add in physically :)


    Which sports competitors have to be the fittest overall physically ?


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    Exactly. If it were just about agility or balance and power it would be squash or tennis.

    If it were stamina it would be cycling or distance running.

    If it were sheer strength it would be weightlifting.

    But it's all round, and that's statistically the most all round sport.

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    Ice hockey players?

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    Was this not what Superstars was meant to sort out
    Brian Jacks the Judo guy seemed to come out on top.


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    Define fittest. Cardiovascular fitness? Strength? Endurance? Explosive power?


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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    I would say Triathletes after all a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride then a Marathon is enough to blow any single sports people away.
    [pedant] That’s not a triathlon, that’s Ultraman [/pedant]

    An Olympic triathlon is 1.5km/40km/10km.

    Anyone who completes an Ultraman is a nutter. End of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Boxers. It's the hardest game.
    We turned up for a gym lesson at school one afternoon in 1974 expecting the usual 5 a side game. Before us was a pre prepared boxing ring. We were paired off by weight and height and pitched into two x 2 minute rounds to knock hell out of each other. A youth full of cross country running, football, cricket, cycling, tennis and badminton could not prepare me for those 4 minutes. I have never known something to drain your battery so much in such a short space of time. Exhausting.
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    Define fitness as being able to run for a long time and I guarantee you the average long distance runner will have gassed out halfway through round 1 in an MMA cage. Flip it and there's no way Daniel Cormier is running a marathon.

    The truth is that they are all equally as fit as those is other sports, the question is really "what sport is that person's body type fit for?"

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    ultra long distance running, there have been 1000 mile races in the past and insane records like 250 miles in 48 hours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Hotel View Post
    Define fitness as being able to run for a long time and I guarantee you the average long distance runner will have gassed out halfway through round 1 in an MMA cage. Flip it and there's no way Daniel Cormier is running a marathon.

    The truth is that they are all equally as fit as those is other sports, the question is really "what sport is that person's body type fit for?"
    Good point, we’ll made


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo73 View Post
    [pedant] That’s not a triathlon, that’s Ultraman [/pedant]

    An Olympic triathlon is 1.5km/40km/10km.

    Anyone who completes an Ultraman is a nutter. End of.
    You’d need to work on your pedantry ;-). That is an Ironman.

    Ultraman is a three-day, 515 km (320 mile) multisport race modelled on the one held annually on the Big Island of Hawaii which is now called the Ultraman World Championship.

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    To address the OPs questions I guess the answer is it depends.

    The cross country skiers and pro cyclists have great endurance but boxers have great short term power.

    Maybe we should ask which elite sports people look to have the overall best condition?

    What do you get if to blend a pro cyclist with a boxer?

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    I did not realise that F1 drivers have to be very fit. I thought it was a case of hop in and drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    You’d need to work on your pedantry ;-). That is an Ironman.
    Doh. 🤦🏻*♂️

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo73 View Post
    [pedant] That’s not a triathlon, that’s Ultraman [/pedant]

    An Olympic triathlon is 1.5km/40km/10km.

    Anyone who completes an Ultraman is a nutter. End of.
    Those are the distances for Ironman actually

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    You’d need to work on your pedantry ;-). That is an Ironman.

    Ultraman is a three-day, 515 km (320 mile) multisport race modelled on the one held annually on the Big Island of Hawaii which is now called the Ultraman World Championship.
    Beat me to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Cross-country skiiers followed by cyclists imho
    I'd pay good money to watch that event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclealec View Post
    I'd pay good money to watch that event!
    😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Those are the distances for Ironman actually

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    Beat me to it!
    Last weekend at Cannock Chase it was the Ironman 70.3 1.2 mile swim in 18 degree water (Chasewater lake) 57 mile bike ride then a half marathon. A competitor died during the swim. The winner did it in 4 hrs 9 mins. I watched them dive off into that water, I nearly froze watching them.

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    Judo and squash.

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    Has to be F1 drivers, they train in the gym 5-6 hours every day and have a very strict diet, obviously they get paid fortune’s to do it and have people to do everything for them

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    Of all the sports I’ve watched, rugby 7s players have impressed me the most. Unbelievably demanding sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    To address the OPs questions I guess the answer is it depends.

    The cross country skiers and pro cyclists have great endurance but boxers have great short term power.

    Maybe we should ask which elite sports people look to have the overall best condition?

    What do you get if to blend a pro cyclist with a boxer?
    The best boxers are the best on technique over fitness. That’s why most boxing fans would agree that Fury would have beaten Joshua in the ring, and Joshua would beat Fury in the gym.

    I’d guess Mark Cavendish would be one of the fittest guys in professional sport. He has to endure long tour stages and have enough power to sprint finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    Last weekend at Cannock Chase it was the Ironman 70.3 1.2 mile swim in 18 degree water (Chasewater lake) 57 mile bike ride then a half marathon. A competitor died during the swim. The winner did it in 4 hrs 9 mins. I watched them dive off into that water, I nearly froze watching them.
    That’s a half Ironman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xellos99 View Post
    ultra long distance running, there have been 1000 mile races in the past and insane records like 250 miles in 48 hours
    There’s a race in America which is (I think) a four mile run on the hour every hour with the winner bring the last person standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    There’s a race in America which is (I think) a four mile run on the hour every hour with the winner bring the last person standing.
    I am not surprised. They have previous.

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    As most are saying, you have to train for the sport in mind.

    Whilst there are a lot of training activities that cross over, focus is key.

    For me fitness is a balance between looking good, being physically strong, good stamina and being explosive. Sprinters, gymnastics, swimmers, boxers and dancers.

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