Best Sport for Fitness?

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    Mar 30, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    What do you guys think is the best sport (or, to be a bit more inclusive, physical activity) for staying fit and working out those muscles? In my opinion it would be rock climbing. I've only been once, but, due to the burn I felt post-climbing, I found that it worked out muscles in my arms, legs, chest...basically all over. It may not be best for cardio though.
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    Mar 30, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    Most experts say basketball is one of the best. Twisting, start, stop, run. However, resistance training is critical in metabolic rates, strength, and bone density.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 01, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Boxing and MMA training, because we can't all be gymnasts. They have perfect builds in my opinion.
  • Sayrnas

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    Apr 01, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    MMA training for sure. Any martial art will help get you in shape.

    BEST ---> Dancing I found is amazing for just about anyone. Anything from Salsa to ballet. Dance will kick your ass if you let it but Wooo you'll look good.

    I like soccer too. Get some of your friends and y'all are running all over the place and working on your core. By the end of the day, your sweating beads and burnin' calories like mad.

    Hell even Hacky sack is good to. Works on balance,coordination, and keeps you focus. Start workin' on the fancy tricks and your abs will hurt for a week.

    Surfing is good too. But I like that simply for the actual surfing part and the shirtless men as far as the eye can see. icon_twisted.gif
  • Tiller66

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    Apr 01, 2009 5:25 AM GMT
    Yes Hacky sack is my fav. I thing I like the most is the team work and when you all just start flowing it's almost like dancing.
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    Apr 01, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    Go to crossfit.com and watch as your body transforms in front of your eyes.
  • Anto

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    Apr 04, 2009 11:29 AM GMT
    I think swimming is probably the best overall sport for fitness. It works out your entire body and is also really good for your heart and lungs. Start off easy though because it can really raise your heart rate if you push it too hard too quickly.
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    Apr 04, 2009 11:48 AM GMT
    If your talking about organized sports I believe soccer is the best activity for young people. Resistance training is appropriate for adults no matter what the age. I don't think you can make a blanket statement which is best. It depends on your age. It is not possible to find one physical activity which maximizes all the components of fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. To achieve fitness one has to do cross training.


    The Forbes magazine rated the 10 healthiest sports using different criteria. Here is the review of squash which their experts considered the best exercise. You need to read the article to know what the numbers mean.
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    http://www.forbes.com/2003/10/01/cx_ns_1001feat.html
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    Apr 04, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
    As a combo of upper and lower body resistance work and cardio, crew (rowing) is pretty hard to beat.
    I've been told cross country skiiing is great, too, though I don't know personally.
    ...Probably more practical to do a couple of things (cross train) that don't require snow or a expensive equipment. Bike, jog, and swim, for example.
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    Apr 04, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    what about (freestyle) wrestling?
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    Apr 04, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
    I was in the best shape when I was studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). You just have to be able to handle some of the egos.

    IMO, any martial art is good to learn and stay fit. Especially if it's supplemented with a resistance and conditioning program.
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    Apr 04, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    Rowing

    1 standard 2000 meter (1.25 mile) race is equal to 2 basketball games played back to back.

    (as a side note, ive rowed at many regattas in the 5000 meter distance (head races))

    The physical qualities needed and the endurance factors make it comparable to cross country skiing and long distnace speed skating.


    In addition to the endurance factor, it works your legs, back, abs, arms, however you do lose your ass due to all the sitting icon_sad.gif

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    Apr 04, 2009 2:45 PM GMT
    Figure skating... Best cardio I've ever had.
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    Apr 09, 2009 6:18 AM GMT
    im gonna have to say swimming

  • Apr 09, 2009 6:27 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidResistance training really isn't a sport per se. But bodybuilding is. Or powerlifting.


    I went to a powerlifting competition last week....

    first.. SO much testosterone in the room..

    but you know what? most of the guys had HUGE bulging beer bellies.. of course there were guys with perfect bodies, but i was told that a pretty fit looking body wasn't a priority... i was so confused...

    i worry for their backs...
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    Apr 09, 2009 9:59 AM GMT
    MindBodyDisconnect said
    muchmorethanmuscle saidResistance training really isn't a sport per se. But bodybuilding is. Or powerlifting.


    I went to a powerlifting competition last week....

    first.. SO much testosterone in the room..

    but you know what? most of the guys had HUGE bulging beer bellies.. of course there were guys with perfect bodies, but i was told that a pretty fit looking body wasn't a priority... i was so confused...

    i worry for their backs...


    Power lifters aren't into the sport to look good. They are into the strength aspects. Many believe that the added weight helps them lift more. Bodybuilders are more concerned about their appearance. Bodybuilders look much better for that reason. The four pillars of fitness are cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility. To be fit, it takes a combination of activities to be touch all four pillars.
    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the fitness pros felt that squash touched on all four pillars the best. Rowing came in second. Third was rock climbing
  • gymguy81

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    Apr 09, 2009 10:30 AM GMT
    the best sport for over all fitness are swimming and gymnastics by far football would fall in therre as well all require power flexability endurence
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    Apr 09, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    Most fitness experts will say swimming because it uses all of the body's muscles but with all that is required to be in MMA, it might be that now.
    The key is to exercise ALL of muscle groups in a variety of ways along with cardio and core strengthening.

    Basically the training for any sport taken seriously is great these days.
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    Apr 09, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    triathlon...combines endurance, strength, speed and the need to constantly balance out all muscle groups of the body for maximum effect. It makes for a very complete athlete.
  • Anto

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    Apr 09, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
    kneedraggen saidIf your talking about organized sports I believe soccer is the best activity for young people. Resistance training is appropriate for adults no matter what the age. I don't think you can make a blanket statement which is best. It depends on your age. It is not possible to find one physical activity which maximizes all the components of fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. To achieve fitness one has to do cross training.


    The Forbes magazine rated the 10 healthiest sports using different criteria. Here is the review of squash which their experts considered the best exercise. You need to read the article to know what the numbers mean.
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    http://www.forbes.com/2003/10/01/cx_ns_1001feat.html



    I wouldn't go by their rating system, it is too subjective. Look at the injury risk rating for example between the different sports lol
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    Apr 10, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Depends on your definition of fitness!

    For me, that would be cardiovascular fitness, with a touch of muscle thrown in - so cross-country skiing, rowing, swimming. All three involve virtually all muscle groups and depend on efficient oxygen uptake over an extended period.

    Nat
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    Nov 11, 2013 6:24 AM GMT
    Wrestling.
  • Montague

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    Nov 11, 2013 7:04 AM GMT
    Call of Duty
  • LJay

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    Nov 25, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    I did some downhill skiing and had a blast, though everything ached the first couple of times. I found muscles I didn't know I had. Problem is, skiing is not available to most of us except on special occasions.