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Bodies We Want 2011

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STEVEN JACKSON

Photograph By Alan Clarke for ESPN The Magazine

"I'm blessed not to have any insecurities. I've never tried to look like anyone else or wished I was bigger or smaller. I don't stare at myself in the mirror. Some people might have better abs or better biceps, but I'm here to represent that you should be fully comfortable in your own skin. Don't try to look like Steven Jackson. Going into the NFL, I just assumed bigger was better. I bulked up from 233 pounds to 245, and my body wasn't used to carrying that extra weight. It put me in misery. I'd get my knee drained, and I had lateral meniscus surgery. But the moment I dropped that weight, I felt healthier; the stress on my knees disappeared. Now I'm always trying to keep my muscles guessing. If you do the same things over and over, your body becomes immune to it. That's the worst, seeing someone go to the gym nonstop but get absolutely nowhere. You need to trick your muscle memory."