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Does Shaving Your Body Actually Help You Swim Faster?

Many swimmers, cyclists, runners, and body builders shave their bodies in an attempt to perform better. Does it actually help? Trace is here to discuss.

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“The need to minimize drag is one of the most pervasive in all of human endeavor.”

Why do swimmers shave their bodies?

“When a few tenths of a second can mean the difference between winning a gold medal and going home empty-handed, swimmers are willing to do drastic things.”

Influence of body hair removal on physiological responses during breastroke swimming

“Nine male collegiate swimmers (EXP) were studied 8 d before (PRE) and 1 d after (POST) shaving the hair from their arms, legs, and exposed trunk.”

Shaving and Swim Performance

“The technique of shaving arms, legs, torso, and sometimes head prior to a championship swim event has continued for more than half a century and is considered a normal practice for age group, high school, collegiate, and professional swimmers alike.”

Does Shaving Improve Swim Performance?

“There is no ritual in competitive sport like the pre-meet shave. For teams, shaving becomes a group bonding experience.”

To Shave, Or Not To Shave

“Did you know that swimmers shave their body hair because they think it makes them faster, but cyclists do it to make wounds easier to clean?”

When Sprinters Wore Baggy Shorts

“American sprinters at the London Games will have the option of wearing new uniforms from Nike that the sportswear company claims are the ‘swiftest track apparel to date … [and] also the most sustainable.’”



Is Hairless More?

“Elite cyclists, swimmers and other athletes shave their bodies to improve performance. Should you do the same?”

Why does lactic acid build up in muscles? And why does it cause soreness?

“As our bodies perform strenuous exercise, we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to shuttle more oxygen to our working muscles.”

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