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.


April 11, 2012 3:00 PM


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.