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

We’ve been fascinated with the body shape since ancient Greece and before, although the ideal body image has been continually 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, athletic body type beauty that ancient Greek sculptures and modern advertisements do.

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

What also makes the series interesting is that, in many cases, these professional athletes are at the top of their sport – they represent the body ideal in the types of sports they participate in. Their physiques are the perfect visual examples of how genetics and years of specifically targeted training come together to forge the world’s greatest athletes and the ideal human physique in their respective fields.

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

Source: howardschatz.com (via reddit)

The photo series is available as a book on Amazon.

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headychap
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7 years ago

Is this available with SI units? Can't make head nor tail of it as is. (Tara Lipinski appears to be scaled differently to those around her.)

Gareth Reynolds
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5 years ago

Tara Lipinski doesn't have anything on her feet and her legs are spread more. Rough rules for conversion... 6'0" is six feet, 0 inches, tall and about 185 cm (also equivalent to 5'12"). Every couple of inches is about 5 cm.

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MichelleMartiny
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7 years ago

Climbers with specialized upper-body strenght physique is missing! Look, http://www.climbandmore.com/climbing,761,0,1,news.html

Molly Craft
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2 years ago

sumo wrestler is my future husband ;)

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headychap
Community Member
7 years ago

Is this available with SI units? Can't make head nor tail of it as is. (Tara Lipinski appears to be scaled differently to those around her.)

Gareth Reynolds
Community Member
5 years ago

Tara Lipinski doesn't have anything on her feet and her legs are spread more. Rough rules for conversion... 6'0" is six feet, 0 inches, tall and about 185 cm (also equivalent to 5'12"). Every couple of inches is about 5 cm.

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MichelleMartiny
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7 years ago

Climbers with specialized upper-body strenght physique is missing! Look, http://www.climbandmore.com/climbing,761,0,1,news.html

Molly Craft
Community Member
2 years ago

sumo wrestler is my future husband ;)

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