Iron Will, Iron Bodies - High Res

By The Men of the 2009 CrossFit Games

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

December 11, 2009

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Male beauty: is it truly defined by the puffy bodybuilder, the boyish fashion model or the surgically altered movie star?

In CrossFit, beauty is found in function—moving large loads great distances quickly and efficiently. Without doubt, the bodies required to produce that functional movement are truly impressive machines made up of rippling muscle and taut sinew. CrossFit men are the direct descendants of hunters and warriors whose lives depended on fitness, but they are also living, breathing examples of the classical male ideal form sought after by Renaissance artists.

Media teams at the CrossFit Games took over 100,000 photos, and the CrossFit Journal presents the very best shots here in a tribute to the amazing physiques displayed by top male athletes in one of the world’s most rigorous proving grounds.



9 Comments on “Iron Will, Iron Bodies - High Res”


wrote …

This is really nice. The discussion of beauty and body perception belongs to both genders and I appreciate how CF media has brought the men's photos into the discussion. When the women's pdf came out, I automatically assumed that the references to beauty would be left out from the men's version. I don't know if this was planned from the get-go, or done in response to the comments that were posted, but I'm grateful in either case. I apologize for jumping to conclusions -- because this particular type of gender bias is so prevalent, especially when discussing female athletes, I've become hyper-sensitive to it.


wrote …

I am a male; I find these images inspirational.


I'm surprised you've apologised for your comments on the women's post because they threw in the word "beauty" for this men's post.

They Olympics is obviously a much bigger and older organisation but they also run an athletic competition, and I don't ever see them making judgements of attractiveness on the bodies of participating athletes. To me, that's how the CFJ should be. Leave it to non-official channels to take it there.


replied to comment from Olivia de Santis

[Olivia replying to Olivia's reply to Olivia ... this is not confusing at all. :) ]

Yeah -- while, personally, I'm not really interested in pondering the aesthetic value of athletes, its not what irked me about the original post.


wrote …

You know what they should do? They should make an Athletes of Crossfit Calendar (featuring both the guys and the gals) and sell it and use the money to benefit the Wounded Warrior program. I would totally buy it...


wrote …

I was offended by this female-centric objectification of deadlifts and muscle ups (dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb...)


wrote …

"taut" sinew, not "taught" sinew.


Dane Thomas wrote …

At least it wasn't "taunt" sinew!

Right on!

@Olivia de Santis


Am I missing something? Did the Olympics spokesperson in the article call the volleyball players hot or something?

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