They're running for president, chasing Olympic gold, and cavorting with lions. They're acting, dropping rhymes, and cooking up healthy dishes. They're ballers, badasses, and one of them is even Bond. Whether in business, boxing, or on the big screen, each of these guys rule in and out of the gym.
Tiger Woods, 32 - The One
Because he made us care about a sport we didn't think was, well, a sport.
Because he raised the bar and made pro golfers care about winning again.
Because he made himself better, even while he was clearly the best.
Because he's walking history.
Because even the icons say he's the best.
Because he loves the gym.
Because he's the first golfer we've ever thought of as an athlete.
Because he has a bangin' hot wife.
Because he has all the toys.
Because he's making all the money.
Because he's the first golfer who's jacked, and has the balls to show it off.
Because, quite simply, he kicks everybody's ass, and could probably have done it in any sport.
Because when the shot matters most, he just sticks it.
Because he gets even better when challenged.
Because he embodies the best in all of our cultures.
Because we love the fist pump. (Did we say he has a bangin' wife?)
Because we can't stop watching him.
Because he is the bar.
For all these reasons, we recognize Tiger Woods as the 2008 Fittest Guy in America.
Wladimir Klitschko, 32 - The Boxer
The 6'6", 220-pound heavyweight enjoys kite surfing to stay in shape, but for his bout with Sultan Ibragimov back in February, Klitschko followed an intensive month-long routine: Four days a week, he watched his opponent's past fights on-screen, while running, punching, and jabbing with four-pound weights attached to his arms and legs. In the evenings, he sparred 10 rounds for two hours. He filled two more days by swimming nonstop laps in the pool for 40 minutes and adding beach runs to his regi- men. Klitschko, who's knocked out 44 of his 50 foes, beat Ibragimov to unify the heavyweight title. "By the middle of the fight, [Ibragimov] knew he was going to lose."
Curtis Stone, 32 - The Chef
"Food is the center of my life." You'd think anyone who makes such an admission would need some serious weight-loss options. But Curtis Stone is as fit as they come. When the Australian-born chef isn't filming his hit TLC show Take Home Chef, he's on a long board somewhere. "Surfing is so indulgent, I almost feel guilty," he says. "But after an hour or two, you don't even realize you did a workout." Does the show's success motivate him to stay fit? "Absolutely! Although you guys aren't helping either," he laughs. "You can't be slumming it if you're gonna be on Men's Fitness's fittest 25."
Flo Rida, 28 - The Rapper
His moniker is derivative of his home state and rap style. His ubiquitous hit, "Low," topped Billboard's Hot 100 for 10 weeks and became a workout playlist staple. For Flo Rida (born Tramar Dillard), performing the bass-banging anthem onstage has proven to be a workout itself. "By the end of the night, I feel like I've done a trillion squats and situps," he says. The number's actually closer to 1,000, his daily target for crunches. The hard-bodied hip-hop star also incorporates the overhead press, dumbbell press, and 300 dips into his regimen. "I was a skinny dude in high school," the rapper recalls. "I probably couldn't lift 50 pounds. Now I'm 6'3", 210 pounds, and can bench-press 400." And now he's exercising his right to bare (his massive) arms, as evidenced by his choice of wardrobe. "I wear a lot of wife beaters," he says, laughing. "Every time I perform, I've got to take one off and throw it to the ladies."
Barack Obama, 46 - The Candidate
It takes a certain stamina to endure months of 16-hour days in pursuit of the land's highest office. Obama is not the first politician dedicated to fitness, but the Illinois senator starts every day with a morning workout, whether it's machines at the hotel gym or a brisk 45-minute run. He's also quit smoking. Obama can be excused for enjoying the occasional state-fair corn dog because he mostly stays away from fatty foods. He's also, as we've seen, a bit of a baller. Nicknamed "Barry O'Bomber" for his jump shot, the former high school hoopster now releases stress during pickup games-including one on every primary day. "He's wiry-looking but actually pretty strong," former Duke player and Obama staffer Reggie Love has said. "And he hates losing. He plays hard." Now that we know.