- Gerald Ford played center and linebacker for the University of Michigan.
- Teddy Roosevelt boxed while attending Harvard.
- Barack Obama is known for playing basketball.
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1. Gerald Ford
|He wasn't elected to the presidency or vice-presidency, and his purported clumsiness helped launched the career of Chevy Chase, but Gerald Ford was a standout athlete who packed some serious beef onto his frame.
He played center and linebacker for the University of Michigan, helping the team to undefeated seasons and national championships in 1932 and 1933. Ford was also the longest-lived President.
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2. George W. Bush
|While "Dubya" was known for his simian-like movements, he was one of the healthiest presidents, according to White House physicians.
In addition to biking or running most days, Bush was also known for his low body fat levels and resting heart rate.
In 1993, he completed a marathon in less than four hours. We're guessing his strong-arm tactics abroad would serve him well on a posing dais.
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3. George Washington
|The first president led a beleaguered nation to independence. After his army suffered thousands of casualties due to illness during the harsh winter at Valley Forge, Washington emerged with well-trained troops, eventually leading them to victory over the British.
And while the story about the cherry tree is apocryphal, Washington was purported to have been a skilled dancer--hence those abs.
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4. Teddy Roosevelt
|Like Jack LaLanne, Roosevelt's unhealthy childhood led him to a life of fitness. He boxed at Harvard, and later led the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War, no doubt producing stage-worthy adductor development.
Roosevelt, the youngest President, maintained his fitness regimen while serving as President. Like Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he also practiced judo, earning a brown belt.
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5. Barack Obama
|Known for playing basketball on the campaign trail, Obama continues to work out and run when time allows. He was famously photographed shirtless in Hawaii, proving with his physique that he's in great shape. We're guessing that with a good contest diet, he could be peeled by his next summit.
One thing that prevents Obama from moving higher up the list is his somewhat secretive habit of smoking.
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6. John Quincy Adams
|Adams was an endurance monster, walking up to four miles before dinner. And according to a Gold's Gym ranking of the fittest presidents from 2008, "[Adams] swam in the Potomac (some say naked) to stay in shape, was a fisherman, a gardener and a horseback rider." Impressive.
Despite Adams' fitness devotion, structural issues with his physique prevent him from cracking our top five.
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7. Herbert Hoover
|Before there was Triple H, there was a Double H, the only president who invented a sport, a tennis-volleyball hybrid using a medicine ball and an eight foot high net. (If only he had focused as much on the economy as it fell off a cliff.)
We're guessing that hours spent playing "Hoover" ball produced a wasp-like waist and some killer intercostals, however.
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8. Ronald Reagan
|The broad-shouldered former actor built up his physique while he was encouraging other world leaders to tear down walls. Displaying his All-American physique as George Gipp in the famous football classic, Knute Rockne, was just a small taste of his stage presence.
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And last, but not least... William Howard Taft
|William Howard Taft. In fact, he was the most. By some accounts, "Big Bill" weighed as much as 370 pounds. All sources estimate his weight at more than 300 pounds. Stories proliferate about him becoming stuck in the White House bath.
Talk about a tub of lard.
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