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The Body Shapes Of The World’s Best Athletes Compared Side By Side

We’ve been fascinated with the ideal human form since ancient Greece and before, although that ideal form has been constantly changing. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Howard Schatz’s Athlete series is so striking – it taps into the same focus on physical human beauty that ancient Greek sculptures and modern advertisements do.

In Athlete, Schatz explores many different variations of the human physique. We get to see bodybuilders with rippling muscles, bone-thin marathon runners, towering long-jumpers and massive wrestlers – all side-by-side. They are all oiled and all dressed in the same black underwear, giving a standardized and objective context within which we can truly appreciate and compare their different forms.

What also makes the series interesting is that, in many cases, these athletes are at the top of their sport – they represent the ideal physique required to most effectively compete in their demanding physical competitions. Their bodies are the perfect visual examples of how both genetics and years of specific targeted training come together to forge the world’s greatest athletes and, in their respective fields, the ideal human physique.

The photo series can be found as a book on Amazon.

Source: (via reddit)

The photo series is available as a book on Amazon.

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  • joe

    Something wrong here.. it says that Tara Lipinski is 5’1 and Patrick Elias is 6’1.. but it looks like WAY more than a one foot difference in that photo.

    • joe

      and yes i can see he has skates on..

    • Newcastle

      Tara is also not standing up straight. She is giving away a couple of inches with the pose. The guys on either side are standing as straight as possible.

  • Nicholas Griffin

    Jason Kidd???

  • Too Young our Too Stupid :D

    World best Athletes from what year 100000 BC? I dont know one of them :D

  • Ben Hucks

    This book was published in 2002.

    • Liam O’Keefe

      might have been published in 2002, but the photos are pre-2000′s

  • Deejazzdancer

    WHAT….NO 100/200 meters record holding Olympians male and female, swimmers, male gymnasts… basketball players seem to be in the best shape and form here…!!.. :D

  • Anon

    No Latin Americans?

  • Claus Schäfer

    On the diversity is what matters. Live and let live! That just doing not the people of the beauty- and model industry and the advertisement. That pisses me off.

  • LeslieE

    Alexi Lalas hasn’t played soccer in over a decade. Doubt he’s in that shape now.