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Shaving your legs

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by scamp, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. scamp

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    I don't work out much but when I go to the gym I noticed some guys shave their legs these days. It looks like a new trend in the fitness world so does anyone know if badminton men do this? What about it? Will it shave off (ho ho) a split second from your movement?
     
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    Makes the player aerodynamic while being sexy apparently

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    Afaik swimmers, runners, and cyclists benefit from this. Badminton? Nah...

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    You can add some American Football players to the list and others who wear tights. They look funny with leg hair underneath.
     
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    Yeah, sure. You will get faster by shaving your legs to the same degree the racket gets faster by skipping the third cross string... :rolleyes:
     
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    Badminton pro players shave their legs for hygienic reason, mostly for receiving a massage on the legs which they do often. Amateurs who shave their legs, well it’s more for aesthetics reasons, especially if if they wear tights.
     
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    Normal men shaving the legs to go to the gym, now I have heard it all, no thanks! BTW it does nothing to help you with your game, you are not creating that much air drag playing badminton with hair on your legs compared to without. This is just absurd.

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    Runners? I've never heard of that. Even with cycling, I don't think drag at 50km/h provides an aerodynamic reason for shaving. We were always told it was to avoid complications in the event of road rash. I think a lot of cyclists just follow the trend, though. I shaved my knees recently just so I could apply some of that funky athletic tape. It doesn't stick as well to hairy legs. I suppose badminton players who have to apply that type of tape regularly and on various spaces could decide that keeping legs permanently shaved is beneficial in some way.
     
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    Someone suggested it was to painlessly apply and remove the strapping/tape they apply to their muscles and joints.

    That stuff sticks like a plaster so you can imagine the anmoyance of having that applied over hair every time you want to play.

    That's why pros shave their whole body almost or so I've heard.
     
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    I shave my legs and the rest of my body below my head. In summer I don't get smelly so easy when I play tournaments, it feels better and it's easier to shower and get dry. It makes it also easier to apply salve for injuries or to use massage roller and make wearing compress sleaves more comfortable. Getting faster? I never experienced that.
     
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    eh i'm surprised there is such thread...haahha
    actually one of the player in my group shave too...... he said becoz when sweating during badminton session the presence of hairs on the legs errrr.. how to say this.... he said the hairs retains sweat more than without hairs...thus legs more heavy since sweat is heavy.... kinda like he change his shirt after each game coz sweat is heavy...
    dunno if it makes sense or not since i never shave below my neck and have no intention of trying to prove his theory :rolleyes:
     
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    I shave my legs cause hairless legs look and feel great. And badminton is a great way to show off their aesthetic and their athleticism.

    They don't make you faster.

    As for changing shirts, If I change my shirt it's probably because I don't like playing with a wet shirt rather than gaining a miniscule advantage of dumping sweat weight. I imagine it's like that for most people.

    I think most 'reasons' (aside from medical tape or being massaged a lot) are excuses to justify what they want to do for more vain reasons.
     
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    Yes it reduces drag! Shave your hair as well and go bald!! Maximise aerodynamicness!
     
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    Shaving has some advantages, but not really for badminton.

    1. Most of all, for those who get physical therapy / massage, it is much easier and less painful to have cleanly shaved skin. It just works better and the massage therapist can slide along the muscles much better.
    2. For those who tape, taking off tape without hair is trivial, peeling with hair... well, that's a character building experience.
    3. Easier to wipe off sweat with smooth skin.
    4. Some ppl like the look and feel of smooth skin.

    I do it for 1/2 above, and a little bit of 3/4
     
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    Just shave my feet because the hair follicles gets really sore after long all day in sweat.
     

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