Do shaved legs make any difference in running?

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    Jan 13, 2009 11:20 AM GMT
    Just curious if it's the same with cycling and swimming.
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    Jan 13, 2009 3:17 PM GMT
    well..... you'd look sexier doing it....
  • JESIE

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    Jan 13, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    yes

    just as swimmers shave their body when they swim to help glide through the water
    it helps a runner move faster
    as well
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  • treader

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    Jan 13, 2009 3:57 PM GMT

    Hmmm, no amateur runner that I know has ever done this. Also I don't remember seeing many shaved legs in races that I've done. Maybe in the Olympics where a fraction of second is important but in amateur races I don't think that it's going to give you that much of an edge. Training is far more important...
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    Jan 13, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    it dies not make any difference...its just super hot to look at (:
  • CAtoFL

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    Jan 13, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    Yes. You can get to your evening job at the drag show faster.
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    Jan 13, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    PSCalif saidYes. You can get to your evening job at the drag show faster.

    I KNEW there was a better way to do it!
  • vacyclist

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    Jan 13, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    I'm into shaving my legs, but not because it makes me faster on the bike (the difference would be imperceptible).... For me it's a sensual thing, including the shaving part, the feel of smooth skin with a bit of lotion, and, yes, the wind on the legs when I'm out on the bike (when it's not freezing cold outside!)
  • 1HotBodMan

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    Jan 13, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    tasty_oblivion saidwell..... you'd look sexier doing it....

    Totally agree.
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    Dunno if it makes you faster, but it sure makes it a lot more comfortable.
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    Smooth, silky, shapely, and sexy....um...I like them that way, and I don't have girly legs....LOL

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  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 13, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidSmooth, silky, shapely, and sexy....um...I like them that way, and I don't have girly legs....LOL

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    Shaved legs, are girly legs icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    There have been a number of articles / studies done on performance benefits of shaving, but, it's been found that most of the effects are mental.

    Being shaved top to bottom and jumping in the water just feels nice...smooth.

    Being shaved top to bottom and riding a bike feels cleaner.

    Being shaved top to bottom and lifting is a bunch more comfortable and makes for a mind-body connection where you can see your muscles work, the sweat beading on your chest and shoulder, striations showing up, and makes for much cleaner lines.

    I can't imagine going on stage in a contest looking like a Neanderthal.

    It's pretty universal these days. Kills body odor dead in its tracks, too, because those little critters don't have a place to live, and, of course, no worries about lice, nor crabs, etc. (scabies not included).

    If you feel like shaving, why not?

    For sports performance, different garments (compression garments, shark outfits, and so on), actually enhance performance more than shaving. E.g., the shark pants of Olympic swimmers, are patterned after a shark's skin, which is streamlined for swimming with speed. E.g., a weightlifter's bench shirt (which fits so tightly you'd never want hair underneath it) helps to power the weight through a bounce action. Compression garments flatten your muscle, and give you something to press against.

    So, generally speaking, shaving doesn't enhance physical performance, but, it feels nice, and looks good, and help you make the mind-body connection, so..it kinda' does affect performance...in a mental way.

    Certainly, grooming standards have changed over the years.

    Do whatever you are comfortable with.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 13, 2009 8:53 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidIt's pretty universal these days. Kills body odor dead in its tracks, too, because those little critters don't have a place to live, and, of course, no worries about lice, nor crabs, etc. (scabies not included).


    Ever heard of showering?
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    Jan 15, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    I DID IT!!! I am so ready for the 10K RACE tomoz!!! ...hope it doesn't rain. icon_neutral.gif
  • CAtoFL

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    Jan 15, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    Good luck and I hope it's a personal best!!
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    Jan 15, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    I prefer shaving my legs every couple weeks when im riding my bike 3-5x a week in the spring through fall. It feels alot better to me
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    Jan 15, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    FBfugitive saidI DID IT!!! I am so ready for the 10K RACE tomoz!!! ...hope it doesn't rain. icon_neutral.gif


    Well, congratulations (I guess :winkicon_smile.gif. Good Luck and have lots of fun!!! Tell us how it goes!
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    Jan 18, 2009 7:39 AM GMT
    Thanks, everyone... now not only do I have painful legs... itchy ones too! icon_lol.gif
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    But damn, it was worth it!!! xoxo
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    Jan 18, 2009 7:56 AM GMT
    It's just shaved legs and a marathon. Neat ritual, or good grooming, or whatever your take, but, hardly worth being uptight about. It wasn't so bad now, was it? It was neato, and there's nothing like the sense of accomplishment of setting a goal and achieving it, and taboos be damned. You'll be fine. It's fun to do your own thing, but, if you are doing your own thing, you can always expect some pushback. Carb up, and hit realjock.com in the morning.

    I trust that the run, and the shave, have helped to develop some self-confidence, and some nifty endorphins.

    There is a saying..."Pain and itching is either hemorrhoids, or the feeling of weakness leaving your body...choose one."

    Good for you. I assure you, you're headed in the right direction.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 18, 2009 9:10 AM GMT
    MikePhilPerez said
    chuckystud saidSmooth, silky, shapely, and sexy....um...I like them that way, and I don't have girly legs....LOL

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    Shaved legs, are girly legs icon_rolleyes.gif


    Stubby old looking legs comes to mind first.