Compression Shirts - they are supposed to fit that tightly to keep everything in place.

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A shirt is a garment for the upper body made of fabric.  Compression shirts are tops that provide support from their tight-fitting properties.  Often made from high elastic fabrics such as spandex.  Compression sportswear is also worn by some athletes during exercise to prevent chafing and rashes, and post-exercise to ease muscle stiffness and quicken recovery time.

Compression shirts either long sleeve or short sleeve are usually worn by athletes. They are form-fitting tops used for sports and physical training activities.

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The main benefits of compression sportswear are that it keeps the muscles warm to prevent muscle strain and fatigue and that it wicks sweat away from the body to prevent chafing and rashes.

Compression shirts are popular among male & female athletes.

Women's Compression Shirts

Benefits of compression tops:

  • reduce wind resistance, increasing aerodynamic efficiency.

  • compress the arms, which can help combat muscular fatigue.

  • Compression shirts provide support from the tight form-fitting properties. The compressive garment provided increased flexion and extension, which could potentially help reduce injuries.

If you have questions regarding the potential health benefits of wearing compression clothing, please discuss with your doctor.  We are not doctors or scientists and do not have our own research regarding the benefits or non-benefits of wearing compression shirts.

Compression Clothes - Compression garments are pieces of clothing, such as socks, pantyhose, sleeves, etc., that provide support that is especially useful for people who have to stand for long periods, or people with poor circulation. The garments can come in varying degrees of compression. Compression garments worn on the legs can help prevent deep vein thrombosis and reduce swelling, especially while traveling. Compression sportswear is worn by some athletes during exercise to prevent chafing and rashes, and post-exercise to ease muscle stiffness and quicken recovery time.

Athletic Women Compression Shirt

Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more durable than natural rubber.  It is a polyester-polyurethane copolymer that was invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers at DuPont's Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia.  When introduced in 1962, it revolutionized many areas of the clothing industry.  Because of its elasticity and strength (stretching up to five times its length), spandex has been incorporated into a wide range of garments, especially in skin-tight garments. A benefit of spandex is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics. Spandex is one of the fiber options used for compression shorts.

Athletic Compression Shirts for Women

You can shop the latest technology in men's compression shirts from the top brands such as Nike, adidas, Under Armour and numerous other sports apparel brands.  Upping your game, lengthening your run, and taking your workout to the next level may be as easy as putting on a shirt made of compression fabric.  Although they are not always simple to put on, athletic gear such as these may help prolong your workouts by reducing muscle fatigue, increase circulation, and potentially help with speeding up recovery times post-workout. These skin-hugging shirts are just one more way to take your fitness up a notch to the next level of performance.

Find more information about fitness shirts such as sports bras which are an important aspect of the female fitness wardrobe.

It would be a good idea to also visit our compression shorts page and the fitness fashion page.

Another type of tight fitting top is a cycling shirt.  A cycling jersey is a specialized jersey (shirt) for cycling. While the vast majority of cyclists worldwide wear conventional clothing while riding, a jersey offers certain advantages for the sport-oriented cyclist. A cycling jersey is cut long in the back to accommodate the bent-over position used in sport-oriented cycling. Any pockets on the jersey are placed on the back panel as front pockets would tend to spill. The zipper is often made very long so that the cyclist can open up the jersey to allow for ventilation. The cycling jersey is usually worn with a tight fit in order to reduce air resistance. Jerseys are made from a material designed to wick moisture from the skin, keeping the cyclist cooler and more comfortable.

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