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Does Shaving Your Legs Really Make You Faster?

See what I mean? Without hair, it’s really going to be tough to tell our sexy stems apart.

The other night Michael K. Farrell made an announcement that no girlfriend wants to hear, ever. “I’m shaving my legs,” he stated with an air of finality. My response: “If you’re starting, then I’m stopping.” (One of us should get to take a break from the chore of hair removal!)

The idea of me turning into a hairy beast has held off the manscaping so far, but I’m not sure how long my little threat will work. Of course my main fear is that he’ll use my razor and gunk it up with his strawberry-blond fuzz. But my other concern is that his legs will look sexier than mine. He does, in fact, have very nice calves.

The idea that he NEEDS to shave at all is a bit suspect to me. Many triathletes will tell you that reaching for the razor shaves minutes off a race time. (Ha! Sorry, I can’t resist a pun.) In an attempt to verify that hypothesis, I contacted the National Center for Biotechnology Information. A very lovely press officer directed me to a 1989 study conducted on nine swimmers at the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Scientists there concluded that removing body hair reduces active drag and decreases the physiological cost of swimming. In other words, bald swimmers glide more easily and therefore more quickly through the water.

Smooth Makers: Schick Quattro Razor and my new favorite foam eco-armour Shave With Benefits—it’s made with love. I don’t want to share these goodies with Michael K. Farrell!

Still not convinced, I continued to look for studies that prove whether or not shaving has any impact on speed when running or cycling. And I found… crickets. Clearly, someone needs to fund this much needed area of research.

Michael K. Farrell’s latest argument: “Smooth legs will make massages better.” He does have a point there. “It’s much easier for me to get deep into the muscles and fascia when I’m not worried about tugging a client’s leg hair,” says NYC-based massage therapist Danielle DeMaio. But she also admits that she wouldn’t want her boyfriend to be hairless either.

What do you think? Does shaving your legs make you faster? Would you let your man borrow your razor?

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6 Responses to “Does Shaving Your Legs Really Make You Faster?”

  1. Kevin AKA Road Rash King

    Tennis balls are fuzzy and reach high speeds despite being so. The best reason to shave is that if a spill occurs on a bike the wound is easier to clean and treat without excess body hair, particularly if stiches are involve.

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  2. Rachel

    Agree with Kevin! My guy has shaved legs because if he falls mountain biking, hair can actually make a scrape worse and really hard to clean. And you can imagine scabs + hair = no fun.

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  3. Andy

    Shaving to make you faster is BS. Especially because swimsuits are worn most of the time. Personally, shaving helps get your wetsuit slid on and off without it tugging on your hair – and that’s about all the advantage I get on the swim. Yes, easier for massage, cleaning from road rash, etc — these are just excuses for a man to justify shaving his own legs. I mean, how often do we crash to justify shaving your legs? Not enough.

    I admit it – I shave, and I’ll tell you why. Because it’s part of the culture. That’s really all it is. I haven’t really seen triathletes shave much, but in cycling — it’s part of the norm & culture. If you’re doing hard effort laps around central park and a dude whizzes by you like you’re standing still — what do you do? You judge each other by how thin you are and you check out their legs. Thighs? Nice. Calves? Nice. And guess what, no hair. SO PRO!

    Look at the pro peloton. They all shave. So amateur weekend warriors (all of us) — shave because that’s what pros do. Pros = shave legs. Me = wannabe pro therefore I shave legs. When you’re spandex’d out, it’s not the size of your chest or crotch bulge that define what a hardcore looking cyclist you are. It’s your legs. Not knowingly, when I first shaved I saw muscle I’ve never seen before. And despite the visible nicks & dried blood appearing after my first shave fest, psychologically, it made me feel good/legit.

    – Professional Shaver

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