If you've been anywhere on the Internet today, you've probably seen a few photos from ESPN the Magazine's "The Body Issue." The photos of the athletes are something to behold in themselves, and the fitness tidbits in the accompanying interviews are fascinating. Three of the biggest athletes, Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan and Odell Beckham Jr., had some especially intriguing things to say about their bodies. The highlights are below.
- After tearing his labrum in the first round of the NBA's Eastern Conference Playoffs, Love lost 15 pounds during his recovery. He's down to 238 pounds, the lowest weight of his seven-year career, and he doesn't plan to lose any more.
- Although he doesn't have the length of Kevin Durant or the leaping ability of Zach LaVine, Love says his best attributes are his strong wrists and forearms, which allow him to rocket outlet passes to a streaking LeBron James or Kyrie Irving.
- He participates in yoga and Pilates, as does the entire Cleveland Cavaliers team.
- He enjoys working out in the sand, saying "there's nothing quite like it in terms of firing so many different muscles."
- A couple of years ago, the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks got into cycling. He now owns a customized bike and attends spin classes during the week.
- Jordan focuses on keeping himself hydrated, and he keeps a record f what he puts into his body, both before and after basketball games.
- He says he was a "stick" in high school and had what he referred to as a "bird chest."
Odell Beckham Jr.
- The New York Giants star wide receiver is a big fan of band exercises to build hand strength. He's been doing them since his senior year of high school, and they undoubtedly helped him make that famous one-handed touchdown catch last season.
- He's not a big fan of off-the-field workouts. He says, "I'm not going to go into the weight room and put on like 600 pounds and try to squat it. I'd rather do something that applies to what I do on the field than straining myself in the gym. I want to do field work—anything that I can apply to the sport."
- He attributes the torn hamstring that caused him to miss four games last season to overworking his body. He says he takes no time off and works out constantly: "That injury was long overdue. It wasn't like I was doing anything other than normal, it was just like my body had been so overworked already."
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