As Thib said, he tore his biceps a few months ago. He's written about it in his Hammer.
He was asked to be in some professional photos to advertise a local Gold's Gym. He mentioned it in a recent thread, but I can't recall which one (might've been in his 8 Ah-ha moments, maybe.)
I think it would be "interesting" if the guys giving Shugart grief were to approach the owners of their local gym and ask to be featured in a photo shoot advertisement. Then y'all could post the pictures here, with the same amount of pro lighting, Photoshop touch-ups, and all. Any takers?
It's probably the same reason Thibaudeau has that particular photo as his avatar, or me with mine. It's showing ourselves either in our best shape, so far, or "doing what we do best."
What if we had a standing rule, a sort of gentleman's agreement, that avatars should only be of the member themselves. As of February 1 (yes 2009), let's agree to change our avatars to either showcase our best physique, our current physique, or a "snapshot" of what we do everyday.
Would everyone posting about Shugart's avatar, positively or negatively, be up for a bit of the old "put up or shut up."
A few people, apparently.