Ford May have been Past his Physical Prime as President but Deserves some
Ford had a reputation as a clumsy person with weak knees. It turns out
that his physical prowess as a youngster was the culprit.
Ford was the most athletic president of the 20th century
A former All-Star college football player at the University of Michigan (who
turned down offers to play professionally.
Ford was in good physical shape when he entered the White House at age 62.
As President, he continued to ski, swim, and play golf and tennis, and was
good at all of them!
Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
Being Physically Fit is required to be a Rough Rider, especially if you go by
Teddy Roosevelt may be on Mount Rushmore for the job he did as the president
of the United States but he makes the Mount Rushmore of physically fit
presidents because he was versatile.
Teddy Roosevelt wrestled, boxed, fenced, rock-climbed, engaged in jujitsu,
played tennis, rode horseback and hiked!
Not only did Roosevelt enjoy wrestling, but he was taught Jiu Jitsu by a
Japanese master during his presidency!
3. Barack Obama
If you Got it, Flaunt it
On the campaign trail Barack Obama was known to play pick-up basketball and
run almost every day. Many people assumed he was fit but didn't really pay
much attention to it until...
Recently inaugurated president Barack Obama made international headlines by
going on vacation in Hawaii.
Paparazzi were amazed that a person with such political power and someone who
smokes could be in such tremendous shape.
A day later, his vacation pictures were plastered on every newspaper and
website in the world.
Obama has a chance to make it to the top of the list, but 4 or 8 years as
president of the United States will be the toughest challenge for him to move up
on the list of the most physically fit presidents of all time.
2. George W. Bush
George may have been More Physically Fit than Fit to be President
You can say anything about how George W. Bush handled his job as the
president of the United States.
Although he almost died choking on a pretzel George Bush is one of the most
physically fit presidents of all time.
An avid runner and mountain biker Bush stays in shape and has a very low
resting heart rate.
Considering Dick Cheney is on the loose somewhere with a shotgun looking for
turkeys, it looks like Bush will keep running.
Bush runs an average of three miles, four times a week, and "also routinely
cross-trains with swimming, free weights and an elliptical trainer." He
reportedly runs a mile in 7 to 8 minutes
His physicians classified him in the top 2% of men his age for cardiovascular
fitness. He went 26 minutes on a treadmill test (protocol unnamed), attaining a
heart rate of 178 beats per minute. Bush's resting heart rate was 43
beats/minute, and his blood pressure 118/74 mmHg. His total cholesterol level
was 170 mg/dl.
Not mention Bush recently showed off his cat-like reflexes in dodging Iraqi
shoes thrown at him like a fastball by a rogue journalist.
1. Vladimir Putin
Okay! Nobody ever said only American Presdients!
President's day 2009 should begin to reflect the international world we live in
Former president and current prime minister of Russia Vladimir Putin can back up his
While most other presidents are sitting a rocking chair choking on pretzels,
Putin is punching people in the face!
Putin is does not just practice judo and Russian Sambo he has reached advanced
Currently, Putin holds a 6th dan (red/white belt) and is best known for his
Harai Goshi (sweeping hip throw). Putin earned Master of Sports (Soviet and
Russian sport title) in Judo in 1975 and in Sambo in 1973. After a state visit
to Japan, Putin was invited to the Kodokan Institute where he showed the
students and Japanese officials different judo techniques.
If you have a problem with Vladimir Putin being the most physically fit president
of all time, go ahead and say it to his face!