American Hairless

*Disclaimer: today’s post deals with sensitive issues. If you are squeamish about the human body, I recommend you find a nice blog about golf or muscle cars.

*The author is not liable for any resulting psychological trauma.
*Seriously, stop reading now.

Are they gone?


Now we can talk about body hair.

*I told you to stop reading, dude.


I didn’t want to write, “No boys allowed,” because I know some men deal with this issue as well. In fact, I have friends who shave their husbands’ backs on a routine basis–so this isn’t simply a female issue.

I was in the tub with my good old safety razor, and I realized that because of Crossfit, and the subsequent muscles that have sprung from nowhere, MY RAZOR WON’T FIT IN MY ARMPIT!

I managed to do a decent job, only cutting myself twice. But with all the stretching and bending required for the procedure, only a contortionist could get a clean shave.

On the cover of Trail Running UK, there is a photo of Paula Radcliff with her bare arm waving high in the air with a gorgeous hairless armpit. Inside the magazine, the caption reads: “Paula was really glad she’d shaved under her arms before the race.”

But my question was HOW did she do it? Did she have a tiny razor? Hot wax? I didn’t really care how she trained after an injury; I wanted to know how she got her underarms so smooth.

Crossfit has changed my life in MANY ways, but this is a change that took me by surprise.

If my Crossfitter friend (who got me into this) had initially said, “You’ll be able to do a pull-up, but you may have stubble,” I might’ve thought twice.

I live in Europe, where many women (especially of the older generation) don’t shave; but sheesh….I’ll drink Federweißer in the fall and occasionally forfeit my Vegan principles for a hot bratwurst at a cold Weihnachtsmarkt, but I’m not willing to go THAT native yet.

So, my dear brave reader and fellow athlete…what do YOU do about body hair.

I am truly curious to have your input on this one! Don’t be shy! Please share your advice! 

About Keri

Writer, widow, life story coach, expat, Mom of 4, madly in love with Crossfit and Krav Maga--my life is stranger than fiction View all posts by Keri

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