There is little doubt that male swimmers and cyclists have been shaving their bodies since the day after swimming and cycling were invented. Typically, swimmers will allow themselves to get as hairy as possible during a training block and then shave their bodies for competition. Not only does a lack of hair reduce drag in the water, but there are psychological benefits as well - jumping into a 76 degree pool freshly shaved makes you feel immortal.
As a cyclist, shaving your legs for the first time is truly a rite of passage. It's the day when you proclaim to the world that since you are already rolling around in super tight spandex cycling shorts, going "all in" by shaving is simply an unremarkable footnote to your cyclist lifestyle. Besides, it's much easier to treat road rash, get a massage or apply embrocation with clean legs.
But technical reasons aside, the biggest reason we shave is because it simply looks better. We've been working the crap out of our bodies and we want to put that work on display. We want razor sharp tan lines just above the knee. And when we are not out training or racing, we want other people to notice that we mean business. By the way, everyone at Metrosexual Triathlete calls bullsh*t on any of you who don't at least partially agree with this statement.
Gentlemen: Even though there are definite performance benefits derived from shaving your legs, if you do it purely for vanity it's still OK. Shaving your chest is also OK to if you want to put in the time and effort to maintain it. Shaving your back.....well to be honest you should be doing this anyway regardless of your sporting status.
There are literally hundreds of videos online that demonstrate the proper technique for shaving your body for the first time. But we know that your training schedules are mad crazy at the moment, so we went ahead and watched them all for you. Here are our favorites:
Chest Shaving (Warning!! This one is steamy!!):
So there it is. If you are already shaving, then these videos might as well be of you, especially the chest shaving one. And if you are thinking about shaving, now you know what to do.
But the question begs to be asked - who IS shaving? We've got the answer. Simply take part in the our poll and see for yourself!