Health & Fitness
Groom Your Way Into the Winners’ Circle
By Greg Melville
Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps have reason to look as clean-cut as their bankers and accountants who take care of their mountains of money: Being well-shaven -- sometimes from head to toe -- actually boosts training and performance in some speed-related sports. Cyclists and some runners shave their legs, while swimmers and triathletes often shave their whole bodies before big races. Here’s why they do it and why you, Mr. Weekend Warrior, should think about following suit.
Why Bikers Shave
Why Runners Shave
Why Swimmers Shave
“I think the benefit to a swimmer is in the ability to ‘feel’ the water. That’s definitely hard to measure, but most, if not all swimmers will tell you that shaving is important to them,” says Russell Mark, an aerospace engineer and the biomechanics expert for USA Swimming.
Why Triathletes Shave
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Greg Melville has been covering health and fitness for newspapers and national magazines for 15 years.
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