The 25 Fittest Men in the World

richard roll

11.      Richard Roll

Richard Roll is a Mens Fitness inspirational selection. In 2006, Richard turned 40. At that time, he was 30 pounds overweight and at a crossroads. Instead of investing in a mid life crisis, Richard decided to invest in his body. Two years later, he earned the honor of being the second “Regular Joe” on the MF25.

“When I turned 40, I found myself the most out of shape I’d ever been,” says Roll, a former elite swimmer at Stanford. “I didn’t want to live that way.”

He adopted a plant-based diet and used multisport training to achieve a base level of fitness. But “base” wasn’t enough, so he set his sights on the 2008 Ultraman, a three-day, double Ironman distance triathlon in Hawaii. Roll began 15 to 20 hours of training per week, eliminating “anything extraneous” beyond family (he’s married and has four kids) and work. He finished 11th overall in the Ultraman but first among non-pros.

“Working out makes me adhere to a tight schedule,” Roll says. “I’m much more productive.”

The List at a Glance

  1. Rafael Nadal
  2. Hugh Jackman
  3. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  4. Josh Hamilton
  5. Usain Bolt
  6. Rudy Reyes
  7. Paul Ridley
  8. Shani Davis
  9. Bob Burnquist
  10. Sir Richard Branson
  11. Richard Roll
  12. Tim Tebow
  13. Lebron James
  14. Jared Padalecki
  15. Simon Dumont
  16. Manny Pacquiao
  17. Adrian Fenty
  18. Robert Downey Jr.
  19. Kevin Rose
  20. Phil Keoghan
  21. Akon
  22. Georges St.Pierre
  23. Lewis Hamilton
  24. Clive Owen
  25. Larry Fitzgerald

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