Just looking for some opinions following on from a conversation with a couple of friends the other day, was going to put this in the NAAFI but threw it in here. Basically, let's take the ideal of fitness from today - let's use the obvious example of a Very fit and robust, strong, soldier. Now, by todays standards, is he as 'fit' as those from the past? wether that be a caveman, spartan warrior, or whatever. I find this quite interesting. To be honest, I don't really have any knowledge on historical examples of fitness, or if they had actual "training programs" per se for soldiers, but certainly cavemen simply did things they needed to and the body adapted and got used to it, and their natural diet was varied and mixed and judged by the seasons. But on the other hand, today we have medical and physical knowledge. We have built up a catalouge of training exercises based on the knowledge we have to build strength and stamina, in what we percieve to be the best and safest ways. We have easy access to all kinds of food and liquid, and we have scientific intervention in the medium of supplements and sports drinks etc.. I'm sure the example of the fittest soldier of today stood by the fittest spartan has been used before - But what do you guys think? Obviously, in general, thanks to modern living we are unfit people. But basically (without trying to confuse anybody) are the fit people of today as fit as the fit people of the past? Slighty random, and possibly deserves to be in the NAAFI, but wondering if there are any fitness gurus out there that want to share their opinions.