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.


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    NAME: Lucie Basamanowicz
    AGE: 23
    HEIGHT: 5'10"
    WEIGHT: 125 pounds
    WORKOUT ROUTINE: In addition to teaching power vinyasa yoga, she takes two to three 90-minute classes daily and adds cardio workouts on the elliptical machine for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
    BODY COMPOSITION: 15 percent body fat with a BMI of 17.9.
    AEROBIC CAPACITY: VO2 Max of 43, which is in the 75th percentile for women between the ages of 20 and 29.
    MUSCULAR STRENGTH: 26 crunches and 14 push-ups.
    POWER: 10.5-inch vertical jump.
    FLEXIBILITY: 16.1 inches on the sit-and-reach test.
    THE VERDICT: Boosting flexibility (and mood), enhancing coordination, and increasing balance make for a workout that's good for your body and your soul. However, muscular strength suffers with a yoga-only routine, so incorporating a weight-training program to increase muscle mass will tone your body fast. It'll also help prevent injury if you, say, slip on a sidewalk. Also, cardio comes only through intensive vinyasa-flow yoga, not through meditative styles like hatha.

    Nicky Woo
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