Some people swear by ballet boot camp or sweaty yoga sessions, but which workout really delivers the best full-body results? Before you invest in the next fitness craze, see how five pros measure up
Just because someone has an enviable six-pack or attacks the elliptical machine at the gym with compulsive zeal doesn't automatically mean they're in top condition. When it comes to working out, it's all about the total package. "We're looking at a combination of endurance, strength, power, and flexibility not just how far you can run or how much you can lift," says Polly de Mille, an exercise physiologist at NYC's Hospital for Special Surgery, where we tested the five women featured here. "Each component is a snapshot of how efficiently your body is functioning, so scoring high in every category will give us a winner," she explains. Read on to see how our runner, yogi, boxer, ballerina, and biker rank.