Olympic Physique: Bodies at Work
There is a great two-page spread in today’s New York Times Magazine:
I’m reproducing the slideshow here, linearly, so you can see all 6 of them together. Very interesting, particularly the different stats for each. Amazing.
I feel like I’m looking at a Chihuahua, a Great Dane, and a Greyhound and trying to remember that they are all dogs… amazing variety in our species.
CHRISTIAN CANTWELL, SHOT-PUT
Weight: 335 lbs.
Bench Press: 635 lbs.
Squat: 650 lbs.
Vertical Leap: 32″
Body Fat: 15 percent
Daily Calorie Consumption: 5,000
“I’m good at improving my upper body — my triceps and back and chest. I used to do it for the chicks, but now I do it to be good at my sport. It’s kind of cool how that’s worked out.”
DEENA KASTOR, MARATHON
Weight: 103 lbs.
Maximum Oxygen Consumption(VO2 Max): 82.0 ml/kg/min.(One of the highest ever recorded for women; 40 is considered high for an average woman her age.)
Resting Heart Rate: 28 beats per minute
Bench Press: 65 lbs.
Squat: 105 lbs.
Body Fat: 8 percent
Daily Calorie Consumption: 4,000
“The most difficult thing for me to develop is explosive power. I was born with a lot of lean, slow muscle. With a lot of protein and a lot of strength training, I can manipulate my ‘nature.’”
SHAWN CRAWFORD, TRACK, 200 METERS
Weight: 186 lbs.
VO2 MAX: 43.2 ml/kg/min.
Resting Heart Rate: 67 beats per minute
Bench Press: 405 lbs.
Squat: 450 lbs.
Body Fat: 4 percent
“When I lift, my chest and arms develop quickly and are easy to get stronger and bigger. I have really small lower legs — and no matter what I do, they get stronger, but not bigger.”
CHERYL HAWORTH, WEIGHT LIFTING, 75+KG CLASS
Weight: 300 lbs.
Resting Heart Rate: 75 beats per minute
Bench Press: 160 lbs.
Squat: 495 lbs.
Vertical Leap: 30″
Body Fat: 28-30 percent
Daily Calorie Consumption: 3,000-4,000
Flexibility: Can do splits both ways
“I started training when I was 13, so almost everything about my body is completely different now. I’m taller and a lot heavier than I was. When I say that my thighs are 32 inches, they’re really hard all of the way around, and my butt is huge from squatting all the time.”
BRETT NEWLIN, ROWING, MEN’S FOUR
Weight: 225 lbs.
VO2 Max: 67.4 ml/kg/min.
Resting Heart Rate: 56 beats per minute
Bench Press: 215 lbs.
Squat: 245 lbs.
Body Fat: 7.6 percent
Daily Calorie Consumption: 6,000
“In high school, I was kind of a beanpole. Then in college I started rowing, and muscles started popping out from all over the place.”
SARAH HAMMER, TRACK CYCLING
Weight: 135 lbs.
VO2 Max: 65.0 ml/kg/min.
Resting Heart Rate: 40 beats per minute
Bench Press: 135 lbs.
Squat: 225 lbs.
Vertical Leap: 35″
Body Fat: 12 percent
Daily Calorie Consumption: 4,500
“My punch comes from my thighs and my glutes. I always say that it’s my butt that gets me there.”