South's Greatest Bodies

South's second annual Greatest Bodies contest caused a heat wave in Savannah and the Lowcountry. The eight winners, four men and four women, work in various professions and range in age from their 20s to their 40s. But they have one thing in common: They are all passionate about their health—and it shows. They graciously share their secrets to getting in shape and staying beach body ready, all year long. “Being fit and healthy isn’t just achieved in the gym,” says contest winner Hannah Patterson (who just so happens to climb 1500 flights of stairs on a stair stepper each week in her effort to stay in shape). “It’s in the kitchen, too. Reduce processed foods, eat healthier, natural foods and drink more water.”  —Kristen Smith

Photography by Pat Bombard