Are You Supposed to Wear Underwear Under Compression Shorts?
Many fitness enthusiasts have asked whether they should wear their underwear beneath their compression shorts while working out, running, or engaging in physical activities that involve the thigh muscles. Some people might feel uncomfortable not wearing anything under their shorts. But in this article we aim to answer the question “Are you supposed to wear underwear under compression shorts?”
What Are Compression Shorts Made Of?
The simple, and correct, answer is that you should not wear underwear under your compression shorts. Wearers of compression socks or sleeves don’t wear anything under them for a reason, so this, therefore, applies even to your underwear when wearing compression shorts.
Here’s why. Compression shorts and tights for both men and ladies are of materials that are elastic. This material is usually a mixture of spandex and nylon. For the compression to be effective, these materials should reach your skin and make contact with it.
These elastic materials are used to make the compression shorts and tights serve two purposes. One, they help to hold your muscles in place by compressing them, and two, they help to keep one light and dry during your solid workouts by wicking away the sweat from the skin. By preventing moisture and sweat from building up on your skin, the compression shorts will cool your body during the intense workouts hence regulating your temperature.
Do You Wear Underwear Under Compression Shorts?
If yes, then you should stop doing so. Because you will sweat a lot whenever your workouts get intense, the underwear will absorb all the sweat and moisture from your skin. This will make your compression shorts damp, therefore, interfering with its breathability. Your compression shorts will also not be able to control your temperature. This will only result in more sweating which will eventually make you get burnt out faster.
In addition, you will also feel uncomfortable with them. This will be due to the added layer that will bunch under your compression shorts. You can watch the video below to see how the compression garments work.
Benefits of Compression Shorts
If you still feel uncomfortable not wearing anything under your compression shorts, then have a look at all these benefits wearing compression shorts, the right way, can provide.
Circulation is Improved
Most clinical studies have been conducted on the effect the compression shorts have on blood circulation. The evidence has proved that indeed putting on compression shorts improves blood circulation around the legs. This improved blood flow also leads to increased oxygenation of the muscle tissues around the leg area. This will reduce the rate at which your muscles will get stiff during intense workouts and will lead to improved performance.
Compression shorts can support huge muscles. It is also important to note that the muscles are compressed, they don’t restrict motion in any way. When the muscles are compressed the alignment of the bones improves, helping you perform better. By warming up the muscles, compression shorts also help any athletic performance.
Reducing Soreness in Muscles After Workouts
This is one of the biggest reasons why you need to start putting on compression shorts. During post workout recovery all compression garments, compression shorts included, deliver wonderful benefits.
While provided the correct support from compression garments, athletes finds their recovery time from a workout reduced. This is not just from the support the compression shorts provide, but a combination of all the features the shorts possess. The increased blood circulation and the alignment of the muscles will help make you feel less fatigued after a workout.
It is important to note that if you wear your compression shorts only while exercising to enhance your performance, you should remember to take them off right after. While wearing compression garments all day long is not dangerous, getting some rest from the compression on the applied area is recommended.
For athletes who participate in intense sporting activities, they will agree with me that chafing in the groin region is a common problem. Compression shorts will significantly reduce the risks of this. This is due to the flat seams of most compression shorts that minimise irritation as a result of rubbing.
Just like we had discussed earlier, putting on compression shorts will make you feel more comfortable as you won’t feel sweaty even through intense workouts. This benefit does not come from its compression properties but from the wicking abilities of fabric used to make the compression shorts.
So, are you supposed to wear underwear under compression shorts? Simply put, no. For maximum performance of compression shorts you should never wear anything under the garment, and allow the shorts to connect to your skin. This way you will truly reap all the benefits from wearing your compression shorts.