The Annual List Of The Fittest Athletes Is Out. Did Number One Surprise You?

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Sports Illustrated released its annual list of the top 50 fittest athletes Wednesday.

The list, which is compiled by a panel of exercise physiologists and trainers, catalogs the top professional athletes (25 men and 25 women) who are considered in peak condition, both in their respective sports and across the board. Athletes were evaluated over the last year based on things like endurance, flexibility, demands, durability, training demands, and more. More on the selection process here.  (RELATED: Some NFL Stars Wear Fitbits During Games. Their Stats Are Inhuman)

Some of the athletes are predictable. Conor McGregor clocks in at number nine. Pro golfer Brooks Koepka managed to come in at number 25. LeBron James is shockingly high up at number seven.


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The top 5 fittest male athletes are as follows:

5.) Kevin Mayer (decathlon)

4.) Novak Djokovic (tennis)

3.) Giannis Antetokounmpo (basketball)

2.) Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer)

1.) Saquon Barkley (football)

In the women category, pro boxer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields clocks in at number 25. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn comes in at number 20. Almost as shocking as LeBron coming in at number seven is Serena Williams, who comes in at number 10.


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Here are the top 5 fittest female athletes:

5.) Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon, marathon)

4.) Dina Asher-Smith (track and field)

3.) Tia-Clair Toomey (crossfit)

2.) Caterine Ibarguen (track and field)

1.) Simone Biles (gymnastics)

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