I have a problem. Ever since the first ESPN the magazine’s Body Issue came out in 2009, I can’t wait to see it. I don’t know what genius had the brilliant idea of having elite athletes pose naked, showing their amazing physiques, but I’m sure she got a huge bonus!

Source: bleachreport.com

Source: bleacherreport.com

I love the issue not only because it’s like athlete porn, but because it shows what the human body is capable of. These are the people whose lives are dedicated to their bodies. You know how people tell you to workout like “it’s your job?’ It literally is their job and they have the abs and asses to show for it.

The other reason I love to read it (yes, I actually read it) is the quick interviews the athletes give. It’s just a glimpse into how their minds work and I love that stuff. It’s the tibits of their lives that I find fascinating.

Here are my favorites from 2014 and some of their quotes:

Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, Wide Receiver

“I’ll be walking though the mall and someone will just grab my butt.  I look back and it’s like some 65 year-old lady.”

Full extension is good. Source: espn.go.com

Full extension is good when you’re a wide receiver.
Source: espn.go.com

 

Serge Ibaka – Oklahoma City Thunder, Forward/Center 

“I wish I had more body parts I could work out.  If I had my way, I’d be in the gym all day.”

Basketball does a body good. Source: bellanaija.com

Basketball does a body good.
Source: bellanaija.com

 

Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers, First Baseman

“You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete.”

Drink it in ladies. Source: thesource.com

Drink it in ladies.
Source: thesource.com

 

Amy Purdy – Snowboarder, 2014 Paraolympic bronze medalist

“I was given less then a 2 percent chance of living.”

No excuses. Source: espn.go.com

No excuses.
Source: espn.go.com

There are so many more inspiring stories and pictures!  You should absolutely buy a copy or read it online, unless you don’t want to see the likes of Michael Phelps, Venus Williams or Jamie Anderson almost naked and (of course) hear their take on how they look, and what it means to them to be the best at what they do.  Your choice.

Now, back to my issue. Although I will never be in ESPN’s body issue, I have a very small minuscule shot of being on the cover of Runner’s World magazine. If you don’t already know, they’re having a cover model contest and I’ve entered. It’s based on a number of factors, but I believe 10% is votes, and mine are rather lacking as of now:

 

RWCOVER

You can VOTE HERE and again every single day until August 15!  Please tell all your friends and I will be eternally grateful. Some girls dream of being on the cover of Vogue or Glamour but not this girl. I want to be on the cover of a magazine that only a small part of the population even knows about. Way to shoot for the stars!

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What are you body issues?

Did you know about ESPN’s body issue? Who is your favorite and why?

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