What Sports Produce The Best Athletes?

Posted: August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized
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I was discussing this topic the other day with some friends and it turned into a large argument.

What Sports Produce The Best Athletes?

The first sport that comes to my mind is Soccer.  Soccer players do at least an hour of cardio, and probably even more when you consider the warm ups. Soccer includes both sprinting, jumping, jogging and also kicking.  Soccer players are some of the best athletes in the world and they are generally very lean.

Another sport that came to mind was rugby.  Although rugby is not very popular in the United States, I started watching it during a trip to Ireland and I was impressed by how jacked the athletes are.  Rugby players appear to be in the middle between American football players and soccer players when it comes to weight lifting and cardio.

Tennis players are also generally in shape.  They don’t need to use heavy weights in their training, but they do use a ton of sprinting and quick movements.

Swimming is a great heart-healthy cardio, but it doesn’t do much for body building.  My abs are better than Michael Phelps and he has over 20 gold medals.

Baseball: No way

American Football:  The best sport for weight lifting and speed, but the overemphasis on adding size causes many athletes to be overweight.  Certain positions generally have leaner athletes such as wide receivers, corner backs, defensive backs, running backs and some tight ends/defensive ends.

Basketball:  Also really good.  I use basketball as a cardio alternative to running and it is a great sport for staying lean.

Cross country skiing:  Similar to swimming. Heart-healthy, but not ideal for bodybuilding.

Biking:  Heart-healthy, minimal benefit for bodybuilding

So, who are the best athletes in the world?

I am going to go with three choices:

A) Soccer players. Nonstop (Good) cardio, strong core strength.

B) Sprinters: Super lean. Combination of weights, fast cardio and diet.

C) Natural bodybuilders: Great combination of weights, cardio and most importantly, DIET.

What do you think?

-John

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