Defining the aesthetic of beauty with respect to the human form has always aspired individuals to seek an ideal image. This obvious concern for procuring an ideal form which germinated in ancient Greece has travelled through the ages and evolved into a modern-day fascination. The attraction surrounding the highly toned athletic body has garnered a lot of popularity. Admiring the athletic men in one’s favorite game also entails the admirer's adulation for the well carved muscular bodies of the athletes. The physical stature of renowned athletes is indeed attractive and the athletic men are also quite engrossed in building that perfectly shaped body. The athletic bodies shaped by rigorous exercise have attained an ideal status which is both desired and emulated.
Howard Schatz’s in his ‘Athlete’ series explores the charm of physical human beauty by displaying a variety of attractive human physique. In his portrayal he includes sturdy bodybuilders, agile marathon runners, tall long-jumpers and powerful wrestlers. The physical attributes of all the athletic men portrayed differs from one another but all are dressed in the same black underwear. The same sort of dressing allows the viewers to appreciate the difference between them better and also enables a better comparative analysis. The represented athletic men are the best in their particular sports field and the idea of the ideal is projected through their towering gaming skills and their physical magnanimity. Schatz yokes together physical vivacity and potential excellence, providing the audience with the ideal human physique which possesses the well crafted body as well as the skilled mind.