Who's the Fittest of Them All?

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.

By Maureen Choi

April 11, 2012 3:00 PM
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THE BIKE MESSENGER

NAME: Sam Paul
AGE: 25
HEIGHT: 5'2"
WEIGHT: 112 pounds
WORKOUT ROUTINE: Bikes for six hours a day, four days a week. Does 200 sit-ups daily for added core strengthening.
BODY COMPOSITION: 15.6 percent body fat with a BMI of 20.5.
AEROBIC CAPACITY: VO2 Max of 50, which puts her in the 95th percentile for women between the ages of 20 and 29.
MUSCULAR STRENGTH: 52 crunches and 30 push-ups.
POWER: 13.5-inch vertical jump.
FLEXIBILITY: 9.8 inches on the sit-and-reach test.
THE VERDICT: For those of us with crazy-long office hours (or just a lot of excuses), here's a novel idea for an intense workout: Ride a bike. Paul's riding routine has resulted in lean muscle mass and an incredible aerobic capacity. (Watch out, Lance Armstrong!) The only catch? Tightness in the back of the legs requires extra stretching sessions off your wheels.

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