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Male model fitness competition preparation

29th September 2012  : 

In the male fitness model industry, looks are paramount both for competitions and photo shoots, and this requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Obviously, the bulk of this preparation entails a comprehensive fitness regime however constant grooming is also required. In competitions, how the models present themselves is taken into account when it comes to scoring, so it's not simply the muscles that are being judged but the overall appearance.

A significant part of their grooming regime is hair removal. Male fitness models, such s Rob Riches, are constantly removing their body hair in order to highlight the muscles that they have spent so long perfecting. When you think about it, when was the last time you saw a fitness model with a hairy chest? It's not by chance that they are all smooth-skinned!

Many male fitness models will shave to remove their hair. However, this can be very time consuming, especially if they are competing regularly or working on photo shoots, as much of the body will need to be shaved, including chest, legs, groin area and possibly back. They also run the risk of acquiring a shaving rash, although the chance of this reduces as their skin adapts and toughens over time. Waxing will save time as it will only need to be performed every 4-6 weeks rather than every few days, however it too can result in a rash and sometimes painful or unsightly ingrown hairs.

As a result of these drawbacks some competitors will opt for laser hair removal as it offers the most long-term solution. Relatively painless, laser treatments provide the most effective and long-lasting method of hair removal. Because of this it is a popular choice with male fitness models that compete or are photographed regularly - as it results in more time away from the beautician that can be spent in the gym honing their physiques.

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