Top 10 Sports Magazines for Athletes

When you aren't playing sports or enjoying your favorite physical activities, do you like to read about them? Magazines can provide training tips, advice, interviews, and in-depth articles on your sport. A magazine subscription ensures you don't miss out. Today, many have digital as well as print subscriptions. They're also great gift ideas for the athletes in your life.

Here are a few of the best magazines for athletes and sports fans of all levels.


Runner's World

Runners compete at the New York City Marathon.
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Runner's World informs, educates, and inspires runners of all ages and abilities. Runner's World includes articles geared toward all types of runners including beginners and advanced, as well as women, marathoners, sprinters, and everyone in between. It contains profiles of running personalities, race event coverage, medical and training advice, diet and nutritional information, and reviews of running products.



Triathlete is the world's largest triathlon magazine. It features information tailored for triathletes, but you don't have to do all three sports to find value here. Swimmers, bikers, and runners alike will find plenty of motivating articles as well as helpful reviews and training tips to improve your athleticism, prevent injury, and aid in recovery. You can subscribe to the digital or print version​ or both.


Coach & Athletic Director

With the tagline "Your resource for building powerful sports programs," Coach & Athletic Director is dedicated to high school and college coaches. Each issue is full of coaching tips for all men's and women's sports, up-close interviews with prominent sports figures, coverage of all phases of a successful program, and exclusive coach buyers' guides. Both digital and print subscriptions are available.



Outside magazine is an award-winning publication to inspire readers to participate in outdoor activities, whether on foot in the wilderness, afloat down a river, or on a bike ride through the mountains. You'll find information on gear, travel, fitness, adventure, and culture. "Live Bravely" is the magazine's tagline.



Bicycling is the world's leading road and mountain biking magazine. From training tips to nutrition guidance, to learning more about biking culture and getting the latest news, Bicycling has you covered. Discover how to make every ride more enjoyable in this informative and well-written publication.


Sports Illustrated

The most well-known sports magazine, Sports Illustrated gets you closer to the heart of sports, with spectacular action photography and in-depth coverage. Experience the inside track as Sports Illustrated takes you into the minds and hearts of the players and coaches, every month. Subscription includes both print and digital publications.



SKI magazine caters to those who love to hit the slopes. It covers every aspect of the ski experience, including the best resorts, where to dine at popular destinations, and how to get there. The magazine also has articles with expert advice from some of the most celebrated skiers and instructors in the sport, and recommends the best performance gear.


Men's Health

Men's Health is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to showing men the practical and positive actions that make their lives better. Articles cover fitness, relationships, nutrition, careers, grooming, travel, and tips for better health.


Shape Magazine

With more and more demands on a woman's time, concentrating on one's body and mind can become difficult. That's where Shape magazine comes in. Covering a wide range of topics, Shape provides readers with the information and insight you need to stay fit and on top of your game. From beauty secrets to recipes to success stories, Shape is a go-to resource for living your best life.


Sports Illustrated For Kids

Kids enjoy sports, too, and with Sports Illustrated Kids they can have the same in-depth articles and information that their parents get—written just for kids. It has stories on professional sports, outstanding amateurs, and kids in sports, plus posters, puzzles, cards, and more.

By Elizabeth Quinn, MS
Elizabeth Quinn is an exercise physiologist, sports medicine writer, and fitness consultant for corporate wellness and rehabilitation clinics.