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It is an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to the almost impossible question: “Which sport is the fittest?”
It is important to note, by “best fit” we are not only referring to an athlete’s general fitness level, but their all-round ability, fitness, and skill their sport requires.
For example, a marathon runner runs 26 miles per event, but a soccer player runs an average of 7 miles per game—including sprints, constant changes of direction, tactical awareness, physically battling opponents, dribbling, and hitting a ball. kicking is involved. Comparing skill sets is an unfair competition.
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In our seven-part series on “The Fittest Sport,” we’ll take each individual sport and provide an in-depth analysis of whether particular athletes are more fit than the rest. We have analyzed:
For those less familiar, a triathlon is a multi-sport event that includes running, swimming, and cycling. The format of the Olympic Games consists of a 1,500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run, all completed continuously without any breaks.
It’s important to note that beyond the Olympic format Ironman is the triathlete, regarded by many as the pinnacle of fitness. An Ironman consists of 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle and 42.2 km run (equivalent to running a marathon).
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Triathletes make our list because they combine three physically demanding endurance sports to create one ultra challenge. We have said throughout the series that we will not just focus on long-distance runners because they are obviously very fit, we believe the fitness required to be an elite triathlete is greater.
Triathletes deserve their place on the list not only for their fitness, but because they master the skill sets of the three endurance sports mentioned above.
It’s one thing for them to run 26 miles, but perfecting a perfect technique to swim through kilometers of ice-cold water before gathering breakneck speed on a road bike after leaving a blizzard is a whole other challenge. is.
Triathletes are some of the toughest athletes on the planet. And it’s not just a generalization, it’s a fact.
A recent study published in the journal pain explained that triathletes experience less pain than your average exerciser, which allows them to keep running for longer periods of time, so superhuman endurance is often associated with these athletes.
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The study included 19 triathletes – classified as individuals participating in at least two triathlons per year – and 17 non-athletes. Participants in the study recorded their attitudes toward pain through a series of “pain tests,” including application of a heating device in one hand and immersing the other hand in a cold water bath.
Triathletes identified the pain as well as non-athletes (they are not terminators), but they perceived it as less intense and were able to withstand it longer. In the attitude questionnaire, triathletes reported being less afraid and worrying about pain, which may help explain their higher tolerance.
“The triathletes reduced pain in intensity, tolerated it longer, and stopped it better than individuals in the control group,” said Ruth Defrin, a professor at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
“We think that both physical and psychological factors underlie these differences and help explain how triathletes are able to perform at such a high level,” she said.
who. have read any of the last six installments of “best game” The series will know that we’ve used VO2 max to compare and contrast the fitness of particular athletes.
VO2 max is an athlete’s optimum oxygen uptake and the rate at which they can pump oxygen around their body. It is seen as the gold standard in measuring fitness.
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According to Topend Sports, The average score for an elite triathlete is 70 ml/min/kg. For reference, the average young male (20-29) will have a VO2 max of 45. In addition, field hockey and ice hockey are both ranked on our list of the fittest athletes and they both average 60-65.
Ever wondered what the Super Olympics would look like? One where athletes had to compete across the board in all disciplines to see who really was the best all-round athlete? Well, Decathlon is more or less what it is.
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We are talking of ten events in two days, the absolute existence of the fittest. In the Olympic layout of the men’s event, decathletes compete in the 100 m sprint, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 m on the first day, before the 110 m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin and 1500 m on the second day. participate in. .
Competing in one sport at the highest level is a fine feat, but applying your fitness and athleticism to ten sports in the span of 48 hours is incredible.
Critics say decathletes won’t shine in a given sport, and that’s a point we can take on board. But, our answer question would be, can an elite javelin thrower win the 110m hurdles and pole vault before the 1500m race?
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And don’t even get us started on cardiorespiratory endurance. A decathlete can run 1,500 meters in 4 minutes 20 seconds. Want to talk about their speed? 100 meters in 10 seconds.
The shot put, discus and javelin require power, and the high jump and long jump call for agility. The pole vault and 110-meter hurdles require balance, coordination and incredible skill, and athletes need serious flexibility for each of the events listed above.
These people, triathletes and decathletes, are in a league of their own.
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