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All athletes are in shape, but some are more in shape than others. SI searched gyms, playing fields and running trails to find and rank the best-conditioned athletes on earth

MEN

1 CRISTIANO RONALDO

Four-time Ballon d'Or winner

2 LEBRON JAMES

Four-time NBA MVP

3 ROGER FEDERER

Winner of 19 majors

4 MAT FRASER

Fittest CrossFitter on Earth

5 JAMES HARRISON

Five-time Pro Bowl LB

6 ODELL BECKHAM JR.

Three-time Pro Bowl WR

7 RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Reigning NBA MVP

8 WAYDE VAN NIEKERK

South African sprinter

9 CONOR MCGREGOR

UFC lightweight champ

10 JORDAN BURROUGHS

Wrestling gold medalist

11 GENNADY GOLOVKIN

Middleweight boxer

12 CHRIS FROOME

Tour de France winner

13 ALEX HONNOLD

Free-solo rock climber

14 KIERAN READ

New Zealand rugby player

15 DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON

UFC flyweight champion

16 GIANCARLO STANTON

Four-time MLB All-Star

17 CARLIN ISLES

U.S. rugby player

18 JULIO JONES

Four-time Pro Bowl WR

19 MIKE TROUT

Six-time MLB All-Star

20 SCOTT JUREK

American ultrarunner

21 PAUL RABIL

New York lacrosse All-Star

22 CAM NEWTON

2015 NFL MVP QB

23 RAFAEL NADAL

Winner of 16 majors

24 JOHN CENA

16-time WWE champ

25 EVAN JAGER

U.S. steeplechase runner

26 MARQUISE GOODWIN

Long jumper and NFL WR

27 KENDRICK FARRIS

U.S. Olympic weightlifter

28 STEVEN STAMKOS

Two-time NHL All-Star

29 STEVE LANGTON

U.S. bobsledder

30 HASSAN WHITESIDE

Heat center

31 BRAD SNYDER

U.S. Paralympic swimmer

32 SAM MIKULKAK

U.S. gymnast

33 GALEN RUPP

U.S. marathoner

34 JAMES LAWRENCE

Ironman record holder

35 KAWHI LEONARD

2014 NBA Finals MVP

36 CHRIS HOGAN

Patriots receiver

37 AARON JUDGE

2017 MLB All-Star

38 HAMISH BOND

New Zealand Olympic rower

39 JAROMIR JAGR

Second all time, NHL points

40 RUSSELL WILSON

Three-time Pro Bowl QB

41 ROB GRONKOWSKI

Four-time Pro Bowl TE

42 DREW DRECHSEL

American Ninja Warrior

43 JIMMIE JOHNSON

Seven-time NASCAR champ

44 CONNOR BARWIN

Pro Bowl Rams linebacker

45 SAM KENDRICKS

U.S. pole vaulter

46 BLAKE GRIFFIN

Five-time NBA All-Star

47 ELIUD KIPCHOGE

Gold medal marathoner

48 N'GOLO KANTÉ

Chelsea midfielder

49 TONY KANAAN

Brazilian Indy Car driver

50 HUNTER MCINTYRE

Spartan Race athlete

THE EXPERTS

SI's panel included some of the country's top fitness gurus

Dr. Michael Joyner

Human performance expert, Mayo Clinic

David Hesse

Director of athletic and personal development, IMG Academy

Derek Touchette

Sports performance director, Naples, Fla.

Jaimie Lafler

Sports performance coach at EXOS, Dallas

PICTURE THIS: A gold medalist decathlete, an NFL quarterback, a 100-meter sprinter, a Grand Slam tennis champion, an NBA MVP, a world-class rower and an American Ninja Warrior walk into a room. Who is the fittest of them all?

Determining the answer seems impossible, considering the wide range of shapes of elite athletes, as well as the different demands of their sports. Physiques are carved and cut and chiseled with different goals. Take, for example, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (No. 12 on the list) and Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (No. 36). Though they both are 6'1", Hogan is 63 pounds heavier (210) to be able to take a pounding on the football field, while Froome focuses on staying lithe and strong to pedal Alpine roads. From a boxer's ability to absorb and deliver blows, to the agile and acrobatic movements of a gymnast, fitness is measured in distinct ways from sport to sport. So how do you level the playing field?

With insight from a panel of trainers, strength-and-conditioning coaches and performance experts (left), SI set out to identify the 50 fittest men and women across all sports. Athletes were considered based on their performances over the last 12 months, the demands and risks of their respective sports, their training regimens, their longevity and other physical benchmarks including agility, flexibility, endurance, power, speed and strength.

While all athletes are committed to staying in shape, who stands head and sculpted shoulders above the competition?

120

Miles of swimming, 5,600 miles of biking, 1,310 miles of running completed byJAMES LAWRENCEin a 50-day stretch

WEIGHT

MEN

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UNDER 100

0

101--150

8

151--200

22

201--250

14

251--300

6

WOMEN

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UNDER 100

3

101--150

28

151--200

19

201--250

0

251--300

0

BY THE NUMBERS

295

Number of pounds MATTIE ROGERS clean-and-jerked to set an American record at the 2017 USAW Nationals

3000

Feet climbed without a rope byALEX HONNOLDat El Capitan in Yosemite

43.03

Seconds it took WAYDE VAN NIEKERK to run the 400 meters at the Rio Games, a world record

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7'0"

6'9"

6'6"

6'3"

6'0"

5'9"

5'6"

5'3"

5'0"

4'9"

4'6"

4'3"

4'0"

4'9"

SIMONE BILES

5'3"

DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON

6'5"

ELENA DELLE DONNE

7'0"

HASSAN WHITESIDE

AGE

YOUNGEST

ODELL BECKHAM JR. 24 [20s]

ASHIMA SHIRAISHI 16 [Teens]

OLDEST

JAROMIR JAGR 45 [40s]

KRISTIN ARMSTRONG 44 [40s]

Teens

20s

40s

OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC MEDALS

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Medal

Men

Women

Gold

16

60

Silver

7

19

Bronze

8

10

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Men

Women

WOMEN

1 SIMONE BILES

Gold medal gymnast

2 ALLYSON FELIX

U.S. gold medal sprinter

3 KATIE LEDECKY

U.S. gold medal swimmer

4 MAGGIE STEFFENS

Olympic water polo champ

5 TIA-CLAIR TOOMEY

CrossFit's "Fittest on Earth"

6 CLARESSA SHIELDS

U.S. gold medal boxer

7 NAFISSATOU THIAM

Belgian heptathlete

8 HELEN GLOVER

British rowing great

9 SERENA WILLIAMS

23-time major champion

10 LINDSEY VONN

U.S. ski champion

11 GWEN JORGENSEN

World champion triathlete

12 HOLLY HOLM

UFC bantamweight champ

13 MIKAELA SHIFFRIN

Slalom world champion

14 JULIE ERTZ

U.S. World Cup champ

15 MISTY COPELAND

American ballerina

16 MAYA MOORE

2014 WNBA MVP

17 SANDI MORRIS

U.S. pole vault record holder

18 KERRI WALSH JENNINGS

Beach volleyball legend

19 CANDACE PARKER

2016 WNBA Finals MVP

20 MEGHAN DUGGAN

Hockey silver medalist

21 SALLY FITZGIBBONS

Australian surfer

22 KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ

Polish UFC flyweight

23 KARA WEBB

CrossFit Games athlete

24 TORI BOWIE

U.S. gold medal sprinter

25 SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

2014 WNBA All-Star

26 CRISTIANE JUSTINO

UFC featherweight champ

27 ASHIMA SHIRAISHI

U.S. rock climber

28 MARIANA PAJÓN

Colombian BMX champ

29 CHARLOTTE FLAIR

WWE champion

30 KAYLA HARRISON

U.S. judo gold medalist

31 KATARINA JOHNSON-THOMPSON

English heptathlete

32 KRISTIN ARMSTRONG

U.S. gold medal cyclist

33 COURTNEY CONLOGUE

American WSL surfer

34 EMMA COBURN

Steeplechase world champ

35 GARBIÑE MUGURUZA

2017 Wimbledon winner

36 HANNAH TETER

Halfpipe snowboarder

37 TATYANA MCFADDEN

Paralympic runner and skier

38 DANICA PATRICK

NASCAR driver

39 MATTIE ROGERS

U.S. weightlifter

40 SLOANE STEPHENS

2017 U.S. Open champion

41 JENNY SIMPSON

U.S. 1,500-meter runner

42 MARY JEPKOSGEI KEITANY

Kenyan marathoner

43 KACY CATANZARO

American Ninja Warrior

44 CASTER SEMENYA

800-meter gold medalist

45 ELENA DELLE DONNE

2015 WNBA MVP

46 CATERINE IBARGÜEN

Colombian triple jumper

47 SASHA DIGIULIAN

U.S. rock-climbing champ

48 IREEN WÜST

Dutch speedskating phenom

49 LOLO JONES

U.S. hurdler and bobsledder

50 JESSIE GRAFF

American Ninja Warrior

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