Fittest Real Athletes

Advice from Our Fittest Real Athletes

Pros are so lucky. They get to devote their lives to the sport they love, and completely focus on training and eating well. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be so successful? Look—you...

From Drug Addict to Ironman

In his new memoir, athlete and coach Shane Niemeyer opens up about his journey from a drug addict and convict to a top Ironman competitor. The Hurt Artist, co-written with

Ashton Eaton: The World's Fittest Athlete

In 2006, Ashton Eaton was a high school senior in Bend, Oregon, hoping to land a college scholarship in football, track, or the long jump. His track coach had a different idea: What about...

The Pros Next Door: Outside's Fittest Real Athletes

Careers? Yep. Kids? A few. Excuses for skipping a workout? Not from these accomplished amateurs. Three of our fittest readers share their secrets for balancing training with a busy life....

The Mutants Next Door: Fittest Real Athletes

They're obliterating records when they're not ferrying the kids to soccer or logging 40-hour weeks selling insurance. Meet five working athletes at the top of their game—and learn their...

Fittest Real Athletes – Kimo Seymour

You could say the field at the Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race is pretty strong. Last year, Lance Armstrong finished second. Kimo Seymour finished tenth. That's not bad for a married guy...

Fittest Real Athletes – Kathleen Calkins

Calkins is the kind of amateur who can make pros seem oversponsored. At this past October's Ironman World Championship, she won her 30–34-year-old age group—the most competitive amateur category...

Fittest Real Athletes – David Goggins

After fellow commandos were killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005, Goggins—a Navy SEAL temporarily working a desk job—decided to pay tribute by setting the hardest goal he could think of:...

The Fittest (Real) Men in America

Forget what the mags with the shirtless, six-packed dudes on the cover tell you. Fitness is not about 20-inch guns and 10-minute full-body workouts. Nor is it about miracle diets or flashy...