When you put fitness under the microscope, it’s an intricate patchwork of millions of little decisions. According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University, we make an average of 221 decisions each day—and that’s just about the food we eat. Past decisions have formed the men we are today, and today’s decisions will weave together the fibers of who we’ll be tomorrow.
While an apathetic approach can cause it all to unravel, good, conscious decisions can pull us together and propel us toward our goals. The men on the following pages understand this, and in 2012 they proved it. From the London Olympics to two of the top-10 highest-grossing films of all time, the field is diverse. They’re actors and athletes, and doctors and DJs. At the end of the day, though, they’re just everyday guys who made good decisions.