12 Fittest Athletes to Look for this Year

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This year has seen some of the fittest athletes in the history of sports. Avid sports fans like ourselves will be curious to know which athlete has been the fittest this year. 

In this list, you will see some brilliant Olympics gold medalists and 12 fittest athletes to look for this year from other renowned sports played throughout the world.

12 Fittest Athlete to Look for this Year

In this list, the players are from sports ranging from Basketball to cycling. 

This list is in no particular order because it’s rather hard to quantify ‘fitness’ across multiple sports and games. So without further ado, let’s see the list.

Name Country
1. James Anderson United Kingdom
2. Lebron James United States
3. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal
4. Eliud Kipchoge Kenya
5. Lament Jacobs Italy
6. Lasha Talakhadze  Georgia
7. Karsten Warholm Norway
8. Adama Traore Spain
9. Lamar Jackson United States
10. Novak Djokovic Serbia
11. Jon Jones United States
12. Jason Kenny United Kingdom

James Anderson

James Anderson is an English cricket player who plays as a pacer. He is the best pacer in the history of test cricket with the most wickets, which is at 632. Even at 39, he is still banging stumps with his speed, swing, and smooth bowling action.

James Anderson in English jersey.
James Anderson in English jersey. (source: Wikimedia)

In cricket, it’s rather unusual for a fast bowler to be so consistent and fit for so long. He made his debut in 2002, so his career is already at 19 years.

Reports have it that the cricketer might turn vegan if it can prolong his career. He says that he is open-minded to the option of turning vegan.

However, he is still as good as ever, playing brilliantly, as we can see from his performance against India. It’s safe to say Anderson is one of the fittest athletes.

Lebron James

Lebron James is one of the most famous basketball players in the world. He won NBA rookie player of the year in 2004, and NBA four times; he has been named the most valuable NBA player four times, he has won NBA all-stars 17 times, and other tons of awards.

The NBA superstar, who goes by KingJames on Instagram, has 97.3 million followers, proving his popularity.

Aside from their popularity, he is one of the best players in the game of basketball. The NBA superstar is the best in the game because he is fit most of the time of his career. 

His exercise routine is made so that he can minimize his rest time without hampering his health.

His workout routine contains four workouts that encompass the execution of supersets, and each of those workouts helps in specific elements like endurance and maximizing strength.

He rarely gets injured, and at the rate, he is going, we can correctly assume that he will likely be the player with the most number of games played and one of the highest points scored under his belt. 

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So, It’s pretty correct to assume he is one of the fittest athletes to keep an eye on in 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Football superstar who recently made a move back to Manchester United from Juventus has constantly been surprising us with his physicality and athleticism ever since he came into the limelight when he made a move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United.

Since then, at the club level, he has scored 677 goals in 899 games. This statistic is one of the rarest you can see in any sport. He has been the most consistent goal scorer in the history of football, along with Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus Jersey
Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus jersey, 2019. (source: Wikimedia)

Ronaldo rarely misses games due to injuries, and his teammates in Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus have always praised him for his discipline and hard work. 

In his medical examinations, when he moved from Real Madrid to Juventus, it was found that he had only 7% body fat, an astonishing 50% muscle mass, and a physique of a 20-year-old.

In addition, he has adopted a unique sleep pattern to maximize his productivity and training. He sleeps five times a day, 90 minutes per sleep. Ninety minutes per sleep is more than enough for a REM cycle.

Unsurprisingly he is the most followed individual on Instagram, with a total following of 339 million (as of Sep 2021). 

Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge is a 39 old Kenyan marathon runner with multiple accolades in his name. 

In Japan Olympics, he clocked 2hr 08min 38sec to win gold; this made him the only third man to win consecutive titles in Olympics.

To win the marathon in the Olympics requires an insane amount of talent, fitness, and discipline. He has all of them. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to say he is one of the fittest athletes on Earth and certainly one to keep an eye on.

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Lament Jacobs

Lament Jacobs is a 29 years old Italian sprinter who led Italy to its first 100-meter dash Olympic medals in the 2020 Japan Olympics. He started competing in athletics when he was nine years old.

Lament Jacobs made his first significant breakthrough in 2016 in the long jump and transitioned to sprinting.

He currently holds the 100 meters European record. He also has the 60 meters Italian record. Also, Lament is the first Italian to qualify for and win the men’s 100 meters Olympic final.

As a 100-meter dash Olympic gold medalist, it’s safe to assume that he is one of the fittest athletes in the game.

Lasha Talakhadze

Lasha is a Georgian weightlifter; he is a two-time Olympic Champion, four-time World Champion, and five-time European Champion competing in the super-heavyweight category.

Lasha Talakhadze in Rio 2016.
Lasha Talakhadze in Rio 2016. (source: Wikimedia)

Lasha is considered one of the best weightlifters of all time because he had had constant success in tournaments and broke multiple records.

In addition, Lasha is four times World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Not to forget, he won his second gold Olympics in the recent Tokyo Olympics. 

So it’s safe to consider him one of the fittest athletes in the world currently.

Karsten Warholm

Karsten Warholm is a Norwegian athlete and an Olympic champion. He participates in the sprints and hurdles.

In July 2021, a month before Tokyo Olympics, he broke the 29-year-old world record in 400 meters hurdles.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Warholm won the gold medal in the 400 meters hurdles with 45.94 seconds; he broke his world record by over three-quarters of a second.

Many have described the race as one of the greatest in Olympic history due to the records set and the high-class field of competitors.

This feat is something that can’t be achieved without an intense level of fitness. This indicates that he is one of the fittest people of 2021.

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Adama Traore

Adama Traoré Diarra is a Spanish professional footballer; he used to be a Barcelona reserve player. He played for Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.

Now he plays as a winger for the Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Spain national team.

Traore’s genetics sculpted his monstrous body; Spain football team boss Luis Enrique confirmed the same thing. Speaking to the press about Traore, Enrique has confirmed that Adama Traore avoided weight training.

This reveal shocked quite a lot of fans. However, he is a great dribbler of the ball, and not many can stop him when he is in his mood.

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).

He is 27 years old and 1.88 meters tall; he is already considered one of the best in the game. In one of his interviews, the player said that he is very interested in Pilates.

Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson

Pilates workouts are designed to minimize the impact on joints while building flexibility and strength through stretches and core exercises.

In the game, he opens up a lot of options because of the fact he is a dual threat. His speed is one of his best assets. 

Novak Djokovic

He is a Serbian tennis player and is considered one of the big three in the tennis world. Novak was born in 1987 and started his career at the age of 20.

Further, he has already won 20 Grand slams, equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The fact that Djokovic is still going strong is an enormous feat in itself.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (Source: Wikimedia)

When it comes to exercise, Djokovic begins his morning with 20 minutes of yoga. After yoga, he eats his breakfast. After having his breakfast, Djokovic goes to the court with his training partner for an hour and a half, and then he does some stretching to cool down.

He eats his lunch and then does a one-hour workout. He uses weights or resistance bands, taking in a protein drink immediately afterward to aid recovery. After that, he goes for another 90-minute hitting session and once again stretches to cool down.

With the pace at which he is going, we can safely assume that he will win even more accolades in the future and still be one of the fittest athletes in the world. 

Jon Jones

Jonathan Dwight Jones (Jon Jones) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he has competed in the light heavyweight division.

He is the youngest champion in the history of UFC, winning the titles at just the age of 23.

He is 36 old currently, and he is a former two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, holding the title from March 2011 to April 2015 and from December 2018 to August 2020.

Similarly, Jones also held the interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in 2016. In the pound-for-pound ranking, he is number 1 in the Men’s category.

Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny is a 36 English cyclist who won the highest medals in Olympics history. He has won 7 gold medals.

At the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021, Kenny, Carlin, and Owens took another team sprint silver but lost to the Dutch team in the final. Though Kenny’s first loss in an Olympic final, the medal made him Britain’s most successful Olympian.

Later in the Olympics, he won his 7th gold in Keirin. Kenny also gets ahead of Bradley Wiggins as the most-decorated British Olympian ever. So, we can say his Tokyo Olympics campaign was successful enough.  


Fitness is a must for athletes and players across all sports. Only the fittest athlete can climb the ladder of success in sports.

In different sports, fitness is measured with different tools. In some, it’s about muscles, in some it’s about stamina, in some it’s about strength, in some it’s about speed, and in some all of them. 

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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