ESPN

Bodies We Want 2011

Grid
19 of 24
Previous
Next

KELLY KULICK

Photograph By Peter Hapak for ESPN The Magazine

"This photo shoot was one of the first times in my life I actually felt comfortable in my own skin. I was a tomboy growing up, and kids used to make fun of my big thighs. With my genetics, I'm not going to be a size 4 or 6, and I need strong leg muscles to compete. But for this shoot, I worked out harder than normal and stuck to a disciplined eating plan.,I couldn't see the weight coming off, so I didn't feel a sense of accomplishment until I looked at the photos on set and saw the definition in my arms and legs. I thought, Wow, that's me? Bowlers aren't considered to be in great shape, and I wouldn't compare myself to a swimmer, but I spent the past three years working out to get stronger and better -- and it's all about being an athlete in your realm. I even do line dancing at my gym once or twice a week. It can be energizing as well as tiring, depending on whether you know all the songs."