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What's Happened to the Figure Athletes?

I’ve been an avid reader and member of T-Nation for years. I’ve noticed that in the last several months not only has our quality of articles on both T-Nation and FA seriously declined, but I’ve not seen a new article posted on Figure Athlete in at least a month… While this both worries and irritates me, I’ve a bigger concern.

Figure Athletes? Please. I’ve seen the photos posted lately of the “Figure Athletes” on the T-Nation site, and have to admit that while beautiful, 90% of the recent girls wouldn’t know what an RDL is if it pissed on their shoe.

Now, I’m not one of these prissy women who are all in a tizzy over the fact that there is less clothing on these girls than there is on my smallest sports bra, after all, most of the actual figure athletes are wearing less- as they should be after busting ass as hard as they had to for their bodies to look stage ready. But these girls aren’t Figure Athletes in the slightest. Most are the typical porn skinny fat.

When I log on to scan the photos for body comparison, I’m no longer confronted with the women who are sweating running after two-a-days or showing off jacked backs from pulling a solid 315. All I see are the typical girls who spend all of their gym time (if any) on the elliptical, moving as slow as possible while chewing gum and texting.

What happened to the days of Jamie? Lena? Alicia? Kris? What about the countless FA readers and members that submit pre-contest photos and look amazing? Where are those bodies, hard and fit after an actual lift? If you want to be the typical men’s site and continue to use the same models, at least have the decency to remove the Figure Athlete title from above them. That’s a title that needs to be earned and most of these girls have done anything but.

I am Jasmincar and I endorse those statements

There’s a reason I have the figure athlete images disabled.

x2 Figure athlete? what a joke. Just title it “spank bank” already.

U r hot

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
There’s a reason I have the figure athlete images disabled. [/quote]

Because you don’t have a penis?

[quote]countingbeans wrote:
pushmepullme wrote:
There’s a reason I have the figure athlete images disabled.

Because you don’t have a penis?[/quote]

haha x2

The figure athlete site sucks balls though, no one posts or comments. I had a question I posted over there once and it would have been much easier PM cbear.

[quote]miss_joycey wrote:
I’ve been an avid reader and member of T-Nation for years. I’ve noticed that in the last several months not only has our quality of articles on both T-Nation and FA seriously declined…[/quote]

If you mean in general, I’d have to disagree in regards to the ‘quality’ of the articles here have been declining.

A lot of the articles in the past say…3 months? Have generally been great enough to keep my interest, which is usually something pertaining to Biochemistry/Nutritional Science and it’s practices or just some general thoughts regarding training.

While I could read the articles such as the ‘Dirty Nutrition’ series and ‘How to Pull 1,008 Pounds and Make it Look Easy’ articles all day, the interviews and the recent incursion of Bret Contreras’ articles give me another perspective.

But then again, generally it comes down to that factor of being grateful for free articles being released on training/nutrition from world renown athletes, coaches, and nutritionists.

Now if you’re talking specifically about aspects of Figure Athlete-related articles, then please continue.

[quote]Gettnitdone wrote:
U r hot[/quote]

x2

[quote]miss_joycey wrote:
I’ve been an avid reader and member of T-Nation for years. I’ve noticed that in the last several months not only has our quality of articles on both T-Nation and FA seriously declined, but I’ve not seen a new article posted on Figure Athlete in at least a month… While this both worries and irritates me, I’ve a bigger concern.

Figure Athletes? Please. I’ve seen the photos posted lately of the “Figure Athletes” on the T-Nation site, and have to admit that while beautiful, 90% of the recent girls wouldn’t know what an RDL is if it pissed on their shoe.

Now, I’m not one of these prissy women who are all in a tizzy over the fact that there is less clothing on these girls than there is on my smallest sports bra, after all, most of the actual figure athletes are wearing less- as they should be after busting ass as hard as they had to for their bodies to look stage ready. But these girls aren’t Figure Athletes in the slightest. Most are the typical porn skinny fat.

When I log on to scan the photos for body comparison, I’m no longer confronted with the women who are sweating running after two-a-days or showing off jacked backs from pulling a solid 315. All I see are the typical girls who spend all of their gym time (if any) on the elliptical, moving as slow as possible while chewing gum and texting.

What happened to the days of Jamie? Lena? Alicia? Kris? What about the countless FA readers and members that submit pre-contest photos and look amazing? Where are those bodies, hard and fit after an actual lift? If you want to be the typical men’s site and continue to use the same models, at least have the decency to remove the Figure Athlete title from above them. That’s a title that needs to be earned and most of these girls have done anything but. [/quote]

So uhhhh, I noticed you work out.

I happen to work out myself.

Maybe we could get some lunch sometime?

[quote]miss_joycey wrote:
I’ve been an avid reader and member of T-Nation for years. I’ve noticed that in the last several months not only has our quality of articles on both T-Nation and FA seriously declined, but I’ve not seen a new article posted on Figure Athlete in at least a month… While this both worries and irritates me, I’ve a bigger concern.

Figure Athletes? Please. I’ve seen the photos posted lately of the “Figure Athletes” on the T-Nation site, and have to admit that while beautiful, 90% of the recent girls wouldn’t know what an RDL is if it pissed on their shoe.

Now, I’m not one of these prissy women who are all in a tizzy over the fact that there is less clothing on these girls than there is on my smallest sports bra, after all, most of the actual figure athletes are wearing less- as they should be after busting ass as hard as they had to for their bodies to look stage ready. But these girls aren’t Figure Athletes in the slightest. Most are the typical porn skinny fat.

When I log on to scan the photos for body comparison, I’m no longer confronted with the women who are sweating running after two-a-days or showing off jacked backs from pulling a solid 315. All I see are the typical girls who spend all of their gym time (if any) on the elliptical, moving as slow as possible while chewing gum and texting.

What happened to the days of Jamie? Lena? Alicia? Kris? What about the countless FA readers and members that submit pre-contest photos and look amazing? Where are those bodies, hard and fit after an actual lift? If you want to be the typical men’s site and continue to use the same models, at least have the decency to remove the Figure Athlete title from above them. That’s a title that needs to be earned and most of these girls have done anything but. [/quote]

Here’s an idea: Step up to the plate and pose for T-Nation. Be one of the many female faces of T-Nation.

T-Nation can always use more models.

And you responding determines whether you care about the Figure Athlete section or you’re doing this as a shameless plug.

[quote]countingbeans wrote:
pushmepullme wrote:
There’s a reason I have the figure athlete images disabled.

Because you don’t have a penis?[/quote]

Doesn’t mean I don’t like pictures of strong lean women.

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
There’s a reason I have the figure athlete images disabled.

countingbeans wrote:
Because you don’t have a penis?

waylanderxx wrote:
haha x2

The figure athlete site sucks balls though, no one posts or comments. I had a question I posted over there once and it would have been much easier PM cbear.[/quote]

now you know.

saw your pictures op, instantly agreed with whatever you just said.

no seriously though x2 on the spank bank comment. there good looking but hardly resemble figure athletes.

I’ll be honest, I really don’t care what happens to FA.

I think the articles recently here have been pretty good.

LOL @ ‘solid 315’.

The female ‘Powerful Images’ are not ‘typical porn skinny-fat’. I hope Clippy shows up so he can show you what that term better describes.

[quote]Otep wrote:
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The female ‘Powerful Images’ are not ‘typical porn skinny-fat’. I hope Clippy shows up so he can show you what that term better describes.[/quote]

Agreed. I post those pictures regularly at another message board, non fitness related, and 95% of the guys there think the Powerful Women are too manly. I happen to think otherwise, and most of them tend to be in decent muscular shape for a woman, without going to far with the vascularity IMO

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
countingbeans wrote:
pushmepullme wrote:
There’s a reason I have the figure athlete images disabled.

Because you don’t have a penis?

Doesn’t mean I don’t like pictures of strong lean women. [/quote]

Class of 2008 wins again

Yeah, I used to direct female friends, relatives or acquaintances over to that site if they showed interest in weight training. Since it is geared towards women, it sort of targets them a bit better than T-Nation does. Not to mention, I found some of the articles informative over there too.

I’m guessing it’s a marketing decision. Maybe they weren’t selling enough supplements to FA readers to continue to support the site. Just a guess though.

I have to agree. Just about every picture on there is the equivalent of this Brad Pitt picture. Just enough muscle that the majority of the opposite gender enjoys looking at them. If T-Nation posted pictures of Beckham and Pitt and similar ‘muscular’ celebrities, you’d be complaining, even if people on other forums did think that Pitt is ‘too muscular’.

Opps. Here’s Pitt.