Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks

ESPN The Magazine‘s ‘The Body Issue’ is now available, and damn, is it fun to look at. I am of the opinion that muscles and toned physiques are incredibly attractive – on both men and women – and the bodies featured are at the absolute pinnacle in terms of training, sculpting, and goodlookingness (scientific term).

From the website: “It’s okay to stare. That’s what The Body Issue is here for. Each year, we stop to admire the vast potential of the human form. To unapologetically 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.”

One of the things I like most about ‘The Body Issue’ is that it features athletes that you might not ever think of seeing highlighted in this way, like NHL Center Brad Richards or NFL RB Maurice Jones-Drew, but I especially appreciate the inclusion of muscular women with REAL (beautiful) bodies, like sprinter Carmelita Jeter, USA Soccer’s Abby Wambach, or basketball player Candace Parker.  Granted, all of these people are handsome as hell so it’s not hard to oogle any of them, but here are some of my favorite profiles: