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Who Is The World's Fittest Man?

Paddy doyle is the worlds fittest man. and he isnt a twig like armstrong. he is built like a brick shit house and a good fighter.

PADDY’S RECORDS
WR=World Record, ER=European Record, italic letters: record has been broken

PUSH-UPS
(see also our record list for press-up records)

with a 50 lb [22.68 kg] plate weight on his back: 4,100, 28 May 1987, Calthorpe Old Boys Birmingham WR
non-stop: 7,860, 25 Feb 1996, Le Pub, Birmingham ER
one year: 1,500,230, 21 Oct 1988-01 Oct 1989, Holiday Inn Hotel Birmingham WR
24 hours: 37,350, 1-2 May 1989, Holiday Inn Hotel Birmingham WR
one hour: 1,705, 22 June 1993, Irish Centre, Birmingham WR, now ER
one-armed, one week: 16,723, Feb 1996, Irish Centre, Birmingham WR
one-armed, 5 hours: 5,260, 6 May 1990, NEC, Birmingham WR
7,643, 31 July 1990, Albany Hotel Birmingham WR
8,794, 12 Feb 1996, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
one-armed, one hour: 1,886, 27 Nov 1993, Munster Arms Hotel Birmingham WR
2,478, 31 July 1990, Albany Hotel, Birmingham WR
2,521, 12 Feb 1996, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
one-armed, 30 minutes: 1,328, 31 July 1990 in Birmingham WR
one-armed, 10 minutes: 400, 6 May 1990, NEC Birmingham WR
on back of hands, 15 minutes: 400, 11 March 2001, Birmingham City Centre Digbeth WR RECORD HISTORY
on back of hands, 30 minutes: 425, 8 July 2001 Flensburg VIDEO (AVI, 1.5 MB) WR
689, 11 March 2001, Birmingham City Centre Digbeth WR
700, 20 March 2001, Staminas Boxing-Martial Arts Centre Erdington WR RECORD HISTORY
on back of hands, 1 hour: 660, 5 March 2000 WR
1,303, 20 March 2001, Staminas Boxing-Martial Arts Centre Erdington WR RECORD HISTORY
BACK PACK RUNNING
1 mile (40 lb weight): 6:56 min, 14 Sep 1991, BBC Record Breakers, London WR
5:35 min, 7 Mar 1993, Bally-Cotton (Ireland) WR
5 km (40 lb weight): 25:15 min, 22 Apr 1995, Guinness Brewery Road Race Dublin WR
5 km (58 lb weight): 32:15 min, 10 Aug 1994, Rostellan Co,. Cork, Ireland WR
5 miles (56 lb weight): 36:49 min., 9 May 1999, Stoneheigh Park Coventry WR
6 miles (56 lb weight): 53:45 min., 9 May 1999, Stoneheigh Park Coventry WR
10 miles (40 lb weight): 1:24 hrs, 7 Mar 1993, Bally-Cotton (Ireland) WR
Half Marathon (43 lb weight): 1:59 hrs, 1 May 1988, Walsall Half Marathon WR
Half Marathon (40 lb weight): 1:58:24 hrs. 20 Sep 1998, Wembley, London WR
Marathon (44 lb weight): 4:42 hrs, 21 Apr 1991, London Marathon WR
Marathon (50 lb weight): 5:04 hrs, 12 Apr 1992, London Marathon WR
50 miles (40 lb weight): 11:56:22 hrs, 4. Sep 1993, Bally-Cotton, Ireland WR
1/2 mile (indoor treadmill, 40 lb weight): 2:58 min, Radio Buss FM, Birmingham WR
1 mile (indoor treadmill, 40 lb weight): 6:08 min, 7 Dec 1991, The World Gym, Birmingham WR
5 mile (indoor treadmill, 40 lb weight): 37:45 min, 7 Dec 1991, The World Gym, Birmingham WR
Course records for 13 miles Droitwich (West Milands), 42 miles Bally-Cotton (Ireland), 65 miles Bally-Cotton (Ireland), Worcester 2 miles, 4 1/2 mi Guinness Brewery Road Race Dublin, 15, 25 and 30 miles Drovers Walk (multi terrain course), Llanertd Wells (Wales), 25 miles Radnor Ramble Challenge Walk Walk (multi terrain course), 28 miles Cloud 7 Circuit, North Staffs (multi terrain course), Snowdia Mountain Challenge (from the bottom of the mountain to the summit and down again carrying a 45 lb back pack), Cotsworld Hill Challenge (25 mi, carrying a 40 lb backpack), Special Forces Speed March (60 km over the Brecon Beacons with a 55 lb back pack), Six Dales Circuit Hill Peak Cross Country Challenge (42 km with a 45 lb back pack)
SAMSON’S CHAIR (STATIC WALL SIT)
4:40 hrs, 18 April 1990, The Magnet Centre Erdington WR, now ER
GYM STAIR CLIMBER
30 minutes with a 40 lb back pack on a Versaclimber: 517.3 m (1696 ft ), 15 Nov 2002, Marryhill Shopping Center WR
1 hour with a 40 lb back pack on a Versaclimber: 958.9 m (3144 ft ), 17 Oct 2002 in London WR
SIT-UPS
with a 50 lb plate weight: 5,000 in 5 hrs, 28 Aug 1988, The Firebird Birmingham WR
with a 50 lb plate weight, 5 mins: 117, 22 Feb 1991, Fox Hollies Centre, Birmingham WR
152, 3 Aug 1991, Lamplighter, Birmingham WR
with a 50 lb plate weight, 10 mins: 292, 3 Aug 1991, Lamplighter, Birmingham WR
with a 50 lb plate weight, 15 mins: 376, 26 Sep 1990 Knowle West Midlands WR
427, 3 Aug 1991, Lamplighter, Birmingham WR
with a 50 lb plate weight, 30 mins: 580, 7 Mar 1991, The Wrexham, Birmingham WR
with a 50 lb plate weight, 1 hour: 1,130, 12 Nov 1989, Sheffileld WR
1,193, 17 Oct 1992, Sky Sports T.V. WR
BURPEES
15 min: 470, 19 Feb 1992, Stocks, Birmingham WR
490, 22 Feb 1993, Irish Centre, Birmingham WR
30 min: 860, 19 Feb 1992, Stocks, Birmingham WR
930, 22 Feb 1993, Irish Centre, Birmingham WR
1 hour: 1,619, 21 June 1991, ICC Birmingham WR
1,649, 19 Feb 1992, Boys club Birmingham WR
1,822, 6 Feb 1993, Irish Centre, Birmingham WR
1,840, 6 Feb 1994, Bull Public House Polesworth WR
1,850, 25 Nov 1995, Dubliner, Digbeth, Birmingham WR
5 hours: 4,921, 25 Nov 1995, Dubliner Public House, Birmingham WR
one week: 21,409, July 1999, Fairford Air Show, Gloucester WR
SQUAT THRUSTS
one week: 21,347, May 1998, Living Well Gym, Solihull WR
five hours, alternate squat thrusts: 6,696, 22 July 2000, International Air Display RAF Cottesmore Leicester WR
two hours, alternate squat thrusts: 4,901, 27 May 1995, Cable Wire Sports T.V. Centre, London WR
two hours: 3,597, 12 Aug 1995, Moseley Arms Public House, Birmingham WR
one hour, alternate squat thrusts: 2,504, 3 Sep 1992, Guinness World of Records, London WR
2,810, 19 Aug 1994, Hockley, Birmingham WR
2,820, 27 May 1995, Cable Wire Sports T.V. Centre, London
one hour: 2,010, 2 Sept 1989, Leeds WR
2,150, 23 Feb 1990, Birmingham WR
2,275, 20 May 1990, Roundary Park Leeds WR
3,743, 4 May 1998, Staminas Gym, Birmingham WR
30 min, alternate squat thrusts: 1,360, 13 June 1992, Bristol WR
1,420, 3 Sep 1992, Guinness World of Records, London WR
1,580, 19 Aug 1994, Hockley, Birmingham WR
30 min: 1,360, 12 Aug 1995, Moseley Arms Public House, Birmingham WR
1,871, 4 May 1998, Staminas Gym, Birmingham WR
15 min, alternate squat thrusts: 745, 01 Aug 1993, World Gym, Birmingham WR
790, 19 Aug 1994, Hockley, Birmingham WR
10 min, alternate squat thrusts: 545, 6 Aug 1993, Monarch, Quinton, Birmingham WR
574, 29 July 1994, Alcester WR
5 min, alternate squat thrusts: 290, 6 Aug 1993, Monarch, Quinton, Birmingham WR
WEIGHT LIFTING
one hour: 24258.5 kg [53480 lb], 9 Nov 1990, Fox Hollies Leisure Centre Birmingham WR
BRICK CARRYING
124.25 km [77 mi 350 yd] (in >28 hours), 10/11 Feb 1998 Birmingham-Lower Shuckburgh-Birmingham WR
COAL-BAG CARRYING
one hour: 149 times on a 25 m shuttle course (weight: 110 lb), 9 Nov 1990, Fox Hollies Leisure Centre Birmingham
(The coal bag can be lifted for as long as possible and put down when the athlete is tired.) WR
LOG CARRYING
100 times on a distance of 25 ft (log weighting 56 lb): 21:40 min, 31 Oct 1994, Cannon Hill Park Birmingham WR
BOXING
yearly boxing sparring record: 4,006 rounds (3 min) 1994, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
weekly boxing sparring record: 183 rounds, 23 May 1994, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
203 rounds, 31 Jan - 6 Feb 1995, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
KARATE FULLCONTACT
monthly sparring record: 467 full contact rounds (in 23 days), Sep 1996, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
ten days full contact British title challenge record: 251 competitive rounds, BT Sports Hall, Sheldon, Birmingham WR
World United Martial Arts Association Warlords 100 man Kumite: 131 rounds against black belts and black belt dan grade instructors (2 minute rounds and 1 minute rest breaks), 6 May 2000, Cheltenham Recreation Sports Centre WR
MARTIAL ARTS
Punch Kick Record: 2,777 martial arts kicks and 3680 punches in two hours (the most punches and kicks connecting with clean strikes in 2 hours), 30 Sept 2000, Nottingham City Centre
(including 1,995 kicks and 2,885 punches in one hour)
most full contact punch strikes in one hour: 4,104 punches, 1560 kicks, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, 19 August 2001
monthly full contact combat record (boxing and fullcontact karate): 560 rounds, Aug 1995, Holly Lane Sports Centre, Birmingham WR
fastest 110-man kumite karate: defeated 110 opponents in full-contact rounds in 3:08 min, 9 June 2002 WR
Reference opponents for the challenge boxing freestyle title records: All opponents had to have competed in their sport at a good level, and the martial artists must hold a black belt.

COMBINED DISCIPLINES
in one hour: 429 one-arm press-ups, 323 burpees, 400 squat thrusts, 592 alternative squat thrusts (15 minutes for every exercise), 10 April 1994, World Gym, Birmingham WR
completing 2 mile swim, 12 mile walk, 1250 pushups, 1250 star jumps, 20 km rowing, 1250 , 5lb weight Hip flexor machine repititions, 312,170 lb weightlifting, cycling 110 miles, 3,250 sit up crunches and 3 km on a walker, 1 mile run carrying 44lb back pack - all in 20:21 hrs.

most exercises in one minute, with one minute breaks between each exercise: 123 press-ups, 108 sit-ups, 114 one-armed press-ups, 90 squat thrusts, 33 burpees, 102 back-hand press-ups WR

My vote goes for the girl with no panties. Hands down. Johnsons up. WAAAY up.

Randy Coture is not the “fittest”. First of all whichever criteria you used to select the “fittest” it would have to be an athlete in their prime and he is definitely past his prime. Is he tough, yes. But definitely not in his prime. I would venture to say a world class decathalete because they are proficient in speed, strength, and endurance events.

On what Xen Nova wrote:

Just to step in real quick I have to disagree with the bat and go with Captain America. Super Soldier, a disabled person who was given the super soldier syrum and made the ultimate perfect male.
He’s fought the bat twice
Marvel vs DC 95, where a stray batarng hit Cap in the head
Then again in Avengers vs JLA where Batman admitted Cap would eventually kick his ass
Oh by the way who is that absolutely delicous little girl? Now that is a powerful image

I think that Kurt Angle is one of the fittest guys around back in the day. He competed with a freaking broken neck and won a gold medal

Decathletes have to be good at everything so they would be up the top of the list IMO.

As an Aussie I also have a biased opinion towards rugby league and rugby union players, or at least towards certain team positions, when it comes to talking about the fittest people e.g. backrow forwards who have to run and tackle for 80 minutes of game time whilst being mostly between 100-115kg in weight.

When you are the defending team in rugby league you have to backpedal 10 metres to the defensive line EVERY time a player is tackled, and you will have to do that a 100-200 times each game, that is a lot of ground to cover. When a big 110kg+ forward from the attacking team gets the ball he has a 10 metre run up before he reaches you, and then you have to tackle him! With shoulder pads only, no helmet or other protection that NFL players get.

The speed of both games these days is phenomenal and the requirements for players to possess all of the strength qualities plus endurance has increased hugely.

Any people out there who follow the annual State of Origin league games in Australia will know what I’m talking about - it’s toughest game of football there is in any code, anywhere in the world.

Ben

[quote]molsonman wrote:
BradTGIF wrote:
Well, if Alexander Karelin is indeed the most fit, then I’m going with Rulon as ABSOLUTE most fit.

9 times out of 10 Karelin would demolish Rulon, especially when Karelin was in his prime.

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no, karelin in his prime DESTROYS rulon every single time hands down. this man was an abberation. he was unbeaten in 13 years, not even scored upon in 10. time caught up with him more than rulon gardner defeated him IMO. gardner is in outstanding shape for a tub of goo though!

[quote]redsol1 wrote:
http://www.joe-decker.com/home.html

Joe Decker??

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Redsol1[/quote]

I second that. Depending on how much we want to trust the Guiness World Record Book, this badass held the record for 2 years. He lifted over 270,000 pounds worth of weight (total volume), did over 1,000 each of push-ups, crunches, and jumping jacks, and then power walked, ran, biked, kayaked, and swam dozens of miles…all within 24 hours.

Of course, I read somewhere that his record was broken last year…but we don’t know that guy’s name, so my man Joe still has my vote.

no it is paddy doyle. he even has the records to prove it. see above

Lexington Steele. Size and Stamina.lol

Seriously, I would go with Delta Force and Seals as the fittest overall.

I looked up this Laird fellow. I hope my wife never sees pics of him or I may never get lucky again;)

DB

Trust me on this one. Delta and the SEALs are great warriors, but that is more a product of their experience and training than their physical fitness. I have met members of both who were completely out of shape. Very few of these guys could hang with a moderately good ultramarathonner or moderately good powerlifter.

This is somewhat of a silly question. “Fitness” doesn’t necessarily refer to any one thing. It is some combination of endurance, strength, coordination, and speed. Look at a guy like Michael Jordan, who is arguably the greatest athlete of all time in his given sport. He couldn’t play baseball well enough to break onto a major league roster while he was at his athletic peak, yet he was certainly very coordinate, strong, and fast.

That being said, the best all around athlete in the world would probably be the world champion in the decathlon.

I agree with the idea that karelin is one of the fittest, but I’d second the point that rugby union players and rugby league players have to be tremendously fit and strong.
In an average international match a back row forward (at a messly 75 kg I am quite small for this position even though I’m only 17) will make 25 tackles, run 8 km, hit 70 rucks (people contesting a ball on the ground it basically involves driving your opposition player as far back as possible) and probably be involved in over 30 scrums.
To me any 100kg man who regularly tackles 120kg+ men deserves the worlds fittest award. To me it is the New Zealander Richie Mc Caw.
As a union player I recently trained with a london based rugby league squad, I must say it is an incredibly tough game, I suffered some incredibly big hits.

I would say take a SEAL a week or two after Hell Week and they are at that point probably a top contender. They can let themselves go to shit after that, but at that point in their life they are probably at their prime.

Anyone who can run a mile or more down the beach carrying a dingy with a drill seargent in it, or a telephone pole overhead is definitely in shape.

With all due respect to our men in the armed services, they would not even come close to competing with Paddy Doyle. The man is incredible.

[quote]Springcoil wrote:
I agree with the idea that karelin is one of the fittest, but I’d second the point that rugby union players and rugby league players have to be tremendously fit and strong.
In an average international match a back row forward (at a messly 75 kg I am quite small for this position even though I’m only 17) will make 25 tackles, run 8 km, hit 70 rucks (people contesting a ball on the ground it basically involves driving your opposition player as far back as possible) and probably be involved in over 30 scrums.
To me any 100kg man who regularly tackles 120kg+ men deserves the worlds fittest award. To me it is the New Zealander Richie Mc Caw.
As a union player I recently trained with a london based rugby league squad, I must say it is an incredibly tough game, I suffered some incredibly big hits.[/quote]

It hurts being a backrower doesn’t it? I only played one season of rugby and it was mostly at flanker/No. 8. I was exhausted after every game, the fact that you have to continually sprint towards the next ruck and then having to perform a feat of strength to either drive back the opposition or rip the ball of someone taxes every muscle in the body.

Along with Richie McCaw I’d nominate the Aussie flankers George Smith and Phil Waugh, they are first to the ruck all game, and Smith can tackle players like they’ve been wacked wacked with a sledgehammer, he stops them in their tracks then just dumps them on the ground.

Cheers,
Ben

Is that Lee Priest picture for real? It looks doctored. He looks like a sweaty sausage for Chrissakes, or a freaky midget at best because of the proportions. Why would anyone do that to himself?

DB

[quote]Clark Call wrote:
Laird Hamilton, without question, have you guys seen “Riding Giants”, his training is like Mariuz Pudzianowski without the gear. He is an amazing physical specimen, huge, jacked and unbelievably talented. Name someone who can do the same activities that he can.[/quote]

Name the activities.

[quote]Springcoil wrote:
In an average international match a back row forward will make 25 tackles, run 8 km, hit 70 rucks (people contesting a ball on the ground it basically involves driving your opposition player as far back as possible) and probably be involved in over 30 scrums.
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Springcoil,
I agree with that, being a rugby player/fanatic. Just interested in those stats you provided above,where did you get them from out of curiousity?

Pudzianowski!!

i think Jonny wilkinson for his work rate and training and also Neil Back both rugby players and super fit!

Talking about the Navy Seals and Delta force and all that jazz the SAS would piss all over them in terms of fitness

Xen - who is the hottie?

Me Solomon Grundy