The Fittest Real Athletes

Alan Horton, 28, Marathoner
Key Tip: Stubbornness is not a bad thing. Sometimes you have to miss that social event or activity. But that's why there's downtime. Make the most of it.
(Jake Chessum)
Alan Horton, 28, Marathoner

Alan Horton, 28, Marathoner
Key Tip: Stubbornness is not a bad thing. Sometimes you have to miss that social event or activity. But that's why there's downtime. Make the most of it.

Kyle Daniels, 33, Paddleboarder
Key Tip: Make your car your base camp. I keep a paddleboard, running shoes, and something to swim in inside my car at all times. That way I never have to miss a workout.

Kyle Daniels, 33, Paddleboarder
(Jake Chessum)


Kathleen Calkins, 33, Triathlete
Key Tip: Commit to an event, whether it's a 5K or a marathon. It doesn't have to be extreme. It's all about having fun, and feeling good about yourself. But you need a plan or it's not going to happen.

Kathleen Calkins, 33, Triathlete
(Jake Chessum)


Kimo Seymour, 40, Mountain Biker
Key Tip: Make sure your goals are actually achievable. Don't set a goal so high you destroy your life to attain it. Set goals you can achieve with substance.

Kimo Seymour, 40, Mountain Biker
(Jake Chessum)


David Goggins, 34, Endurance Warrior
Key Tip: Stop making excuses. If you want to make something happen, just make it happen.

David Goggins, 34, Endurance Warrior
(Jake Chessum)


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: running the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon.

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: running the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon.
(Jake Chessum)


Next fall, before he's redeployed into combat zones, Goggins plans to climb Everest.

Next fall, before he's redeployed into combat zones, Goggins plans to climb Everest.
(Jake Chessum)

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