Man, I just couldn't see shaving my whole body. Just thinking about it gives me the chills, and I'm sure it's itchy as all hell when the stubble starts to form. Isn't there some sort of cream that makes it fall out?
Hehe, don't think I could ever live it down if somebody caught me with a razor to my legs.
No, it's not itchy, at least not to me. When I grew in my facial hair, it wasn't itchy either, same thing when I shaved my head.
The man groomer electric shaver is the way to go. It's easier just using an electric, though it's not quite as effective at times as a regular razor.
It sounds crazy, but it does look better on most guys to be sans hair, though of course having hair is certainly natural. I've met my fair share of women who prefer the shaven look.
I don't like "tanning" either but unfortunately the common conception is that a "healthy tan" is the only way to look good (at least around here). I don't so much care during the winter time, but do get a bit self-conscious if I still look like Frosty the Snowman one summer hits. I think people easily get carried away though. Really, just a few hours of exposure per week is enough to keep you from looking like Frosty, and "sunbathing" for hours on end just makes you look like a reptile. Every time I go to Florida I see countless women called "leatherbacks," who are almost purple from the exposure (and who in their demented way think it's "healthy" and "beautiful." Yuck!)
I would never get into a tanning bed. That just screams "stupid" to me.
Just like shaving all your body hair, having a dark, even tan helps bring out definition, which is why you need to do/have both things when competing in bodybuilding or fitness contests. It also makes photos look better, naturally. Luckily, today, there are healthier alternatives to sun worshipping and tanning beds with spray/paint tans. You either brush or spray the color on and it last for a few days. It's very effective for contests and photo shoots. Luckily, for this particular book, it did not make sense to do either because the average person should never have to do either one. Honestly, though, if it wasn't so time intensive, I would shave my whole body regularly because I'm a hairy Italian. As it is these days, I rarely do it.
The UV rays are destroying elastic fibers that keep your skin elastic. This also happens when you tan prudently!
Tanning actually causes the skin to age a lot more rapid, that is something that is often neglected but can adversely affect the way your skin looks after a couple of decades.
So it's not skin cancer you have to worry about alone when tanning, it's premature aging of the skin.
No, that's pretty much how I always am. There's a big difference in how you one looks flexed and unflexed, as well in different clothes. Diet makes a difference too. I sometimes purposely lean out, which can actually make you appear bigger. I'm about 196lbs at 5'9" there. I rarely drop below the high 180s and rarely go above the low 200s. In that mid-190 range is about right for me, because if I drop too far below that, I tend to flatten out, and if I go too far above that, I tend to smooth out too much.
I was trying to go for a more "normal"/natural look for the book, which is why I'm not shaved or tan or extra lean. If it was a harder core fitness book, I definitely would have tried to look more "fitness traditional".
Damn! You mean working out with Wii Fitness gives you biceps and quads like that???