More than 100 competitors descended upon the Las Vegas Convention Center—smack in the middle of the overwhelmingly attended Olympia Expo—to vie for a $5,000 grand prize and, most importantly, the title of Men’s Fitness Ultimate Athlete. Several of the challengers were repeats from last year, including 2012’s top-three finishers:
- D’Juan Woods, the reigning Ultimate Athlete 2012 and former pro football player, who dominated the field last year with his natural-born athleticism and pro-sport background.
- Kyle Clarke, 2012 runner-up and former U.S. Army Captain, who once again competed alongside his 64-year-old dad, Dale. Clarke senior schooled half the guys his age with his crazy accurate long-range skills in the basketball challenge.
- Richard Scott Jensen, who stewed over his third place finish all year and used that fire to top the leaderboard for much of the weekend this time around.
The competition attracted a wide range of guys from all over the world, including newbies (like U.S Coast Guard Jonny Johnson) brothers, fathers and sons, even UFC fighter Jamie Varner, a former World Extreme Cagefighting Lightweight champ. It was Texan Isaac Powdrell who left all competitors in the dust in the Extreme Fit Challenge with a lightning-fast 57 seconds. (The guy with the fastest time in that event scored a $1,000 gift certificate from Cellucor!) But in the end, it was this guy who took home the title and the check. (To get an idea of what Nevada local Mark Sayas had to endure en route to being crowned Ultimate Athlete, click here.)