As a tech Dad, I was very interested in what the new Equmen shirt from www.Equmen.com was all about. Ok, I have to admit, the ability of the design to help shrink the mid-section a bit was a large factor in wanting to try out the latest in shirt tech but I was greatly surprised at the actual science behind it.
I received the Equmen shirt for review about a week and a half ago to give myself time to test the proposed benefits. Before ordering, however, they have a sizing chart on their site that I had to use. So after mapping my height and weight, they were able to determine the size that I needed. As skeptical as I was as to the size they had chosen for me, I obliged. Since I have started a steady exercise regimen, I decided to first try it out at the gym. I slipped on the Equmen singlet undershirt…well, I say slipped on (It was a little bit of a challenge to begin with since the shirt is designed to be a tight fit). I then put on my normal workout shirt and headed to the gym. As you can see by some of the graphics below, the shirt is designed to not just be form-fitting, it is also designed to align your core and improve your posture. This can be noted by examining the shirt more closely to see that there are bands of fabric that are actually part of the shirt design that help to pull those shoulders back along with core compression along they belly-line.
As I mentioned, I’ve been working out solid for about 7 weeks now with about 3 days off here and there so I know where my problem areas are at the gym and that is definitely with posture. Occasionally while I am on the elliptical machine I will glance in the mirror beside me and notice that I am hunching over the machine unknowingly. Since I have been wearing the Equmen to the gym, I have noticed that I no longer need to correct myself because each time I would look over, my shoulders were pulled back and I felt more at ease with my workout and the back tension problems I had had in the past seem to have been cleared up as well. This also helps at the office where I sometimes wear the Equmen under my dress shirts. It is definitely different when wearing the Equmen for 9 hours straight as compared to 1 hour stints at the gym but the benefits are still apparent. By different, I mean that I notice throughout the day that I am more at ease with enhanced posture but I never really think about the shirt at all. Although with its wicking technology, it is nice to experience that coolness every once and a while.
Granted that the benefits to me are rather apparent, there is also a vanity factor that comes into play. It does a great job of smoothing over those love handles and generally cinching up the belly a bit. It makes those dress shirts pop with that slimming effect that it is able to deliver dutifully. Am I impressed? Yes.