Shave off seconds

SHAVE OFF SECONDS

Manscaping is not just a recreational activity, many professional athletes view body shaving as a sport of its own, and rightly so.

A hairless torso doesn't just emphasise the hours spent in the gym, it holds many technical advantages too. We've separated the posers from the pro's to break down which sports really require a follicle-free physique and who just likes a silky smooth situation for fun.

CYCLING

Over and over we hear professional cyclists determined to convince us that leg shaving is mandatory for sucesss. For some, that extra mile is in the mind.

A shaved leg does nothing for the aerodynamics of a ride, the resistance is too small to make any kind of impact. Those who suggest this are most likely to be the kind to wear their riding lycra to a cafe without a bike to be seen.

The only genunine reason for body shaving is to minimse the effects of road rash. Those unfortunate and often gory results of a prang requires cleaning the wound, and leg hair only gets in the way.

SWIMMING

Before the era of high-tech swimming suits, athletes held a very good reason to shear down their chests if they wanted to glide through the water with ease. Water is 1,000 times more dense than air, so a perfectly smooth surface will cut through at a greater pace.

Scientific studies have shown that the removal of body hair dramatically optimises 'laminar flow', (the ease in which water can pass around an object.) This has a great impact on the distance achieved with each stroke, and when it comes to the Olympics, 100th of a second is all you need.

BODYBUILDING

Body builders don't gain any performance benefits from a nicely waxed chest, but when it comes to aestehtics aesthetics, the ability to show off greater muscle density can mean the difference between winning and falling a point short.

And let's face it, what's the use of spending all the hours in the gym if nobody can see the results?