We’ll be honest: ESPN‘s Body Issue gives us body issues. Have you seen some of these athletes!? Their toned and tanned torsos look like slabs of beef, whereas ours has more in common with a bowl of oatmeal. A large bowl of oatmeal. The body really is an amazing thing sometimes, especially with people who devote their lives to physical fitness. ESPN created the annual Body Issue basically to stare at these incredible masters of muscle. They even lay it out in their mission statement:
“Each year, we stop to admire the vast potential of the human form. To apologetically stand in awe of the athletes who’ve pushed their physiques to profound frontiers. To imagine how it would feel to inhabit those bodies, to leap and punch and throw like a god. To … well, gawk. So go ahead; join us.”
This is all well and good, but it sounds like just another excuse to get attractive people naked. And hey, we’re totally cool with that! New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler graces the cover of this fourth annual issue, with just a basketball covering his, well … basketballs. “‘The Body Issue’ is a chance for the ‘average person’ take a good look at athletes bodies and why we are able to do the things we do,” he told the magazine. “I wanted people to look at my body and see why I’m able to do the things I do on the court.” So go ahead folks, look at his body. Go on, LOOK AT IT!
And get ready, because he’s not the only fitness fiend we “average people” are going to get a chance to feast our eyes upon. Check out the gallery below for the rest of the athletes who stripped down for the issue. You’ll get a chance to see ‘em all when the issue hits newsstands on Friday!