are driven to be the best in their field that they can achieve however from a
practical perspective, having a smooth skin outline as well as toned body
definition enables comfort and better performance in addition to other benefits.
Rugby Players, Swimmers, Cyclists, Gymnasts and Triatheletes, to name but a few sporting disciplines, are well aware of the benefit of being hair-free and smooth in specific body areas when training and competing.
Waxing helps reduce saddle sores and chaffing - Speedo or Brazillian are the typical preferences
which help ensure comfort whilst cycling. Cyclists are probably the group
of athletes best known for waxing. But there's more to waxing than just
making their limbs look awesome. "One of the other main reasons cyclists wax
is in case of a crash," says former Olympic cycling coach Edmund R.
Burke, Ph.D. "When the limbs have hair, the skin grabs more asphalt and you
tend to get greater tearing or abrasions. It is also much easier to clean the
wound and bandage it without all that hair to deal with."
Body builders, Wrestlers, Boxers
Hairs cast shadows, which tend to obscure muscle detail. Most serious professionals competing
in these areas will regularly have their body hair removed. Over
time the hair follicles go into decline also. "A hairless
body shows a lot more definition," explains Cynthia James, a hair removal
expert who works with professional bodybuilders, wrestlers and boxers.
Swimming is a non-impact form of exercise that involves practically every muscle in the body.
People competitively do everything they can to get from one side of the pool to
the other as fast as possible. One of the ways they increase their speed is by
removing body hair. Not only does this give them a physical advantage, but
it gives them apsychological advantage as well.
Hair removal with swimmers is a tradition that is usually done the night
before a big race. "Competitive swimmers shave just before an important
meet to increase their senses and decrease their drag in the water," says Mary
Wagner, a spokeswoman for the United States Olympic swim team