Aussie swimwear label Funky Trunks decided to do some investigative journalism to see how the boys fair when stuck in front of a camera. Call us biased but when the cap and goggles come off, male swimmers make for some fine models that would rival their contemporaries on a catwalk in Paris, New York or Milan. At the risk of stroking some egos, that don’t need any further stroking, here’s seven reasons why.
A male swimmer is best known for his body. Hours of training – heart rate sets, max effort sprints, chin ups, dips and core work – all in the pursuit of chiselled abs and stunning features, and possibly a spot on the Rio 2016 team.
It’s safe to say swimmers spend half their life, half naked. Although not something worth noting on the resume, male swimmers develop a rare skill of feeling completely at ease wearing only the bare essentials. Put a swimmer under studio lights in his underwear and he’ll just think they’ve turned the competition lights on at the pool.
Wherever a swimmer goes in life, he will never be perturbed by an early start time. Whether he’s pressing the flesh in the corporate world or showing some flesh for a photo shoot, a swimmer will never complain about getting there on time, just make sure there is plenty of food there for him to eat.
Observing dive starts at squad practice is like watching a catwalk audition with a bit of diving and swimming in between. Whether they admit to it or not, the guys love a good poolside strut which has taken years to perfect. Just stick a camera on pool deck and you’ve got your shot Annie Leibovitz.
Did we already mention the body? As someone famous once said, “moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” A male swimmer is the closest thing to a merman that exists and with their sun-kissed skin (for those lucky enough to train outdoors) and muscles shaped by hours of hard work (not just from pumping iron), there’ll be more abs than crew on the shoot.
For a professional model a photo shoot is work, for a swimmer it’s the ultimate pamper session. Where else do you get manicured and fussed over, fed when you’re hungry and told to rest when you’re tired? Definitely not at practice!
When your swimming days are done and you’re ready to take on the next mammoth goal in life, just sometimes you may need to call on those skills you developed all through your swimming career. It’s not the perseverance or dedication, nor the ability to handle extraordinary pressure. It is of course the strut. When your new venture requires shameless self promotion to make it in the big wide world, sometimes the only answer is to get your gear off again.
Iconic Australian swimwear brand Funky Trunks has launched an underwear range modelled by swimmers in its sponsored athlete program the F-Team. Just like the swimwear, the popular underwear is known for its bright prints and VERY comfortable fit. They call it the Happy Nutsack. Try it out for yourself to see why!
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