I recently got the chance to try out the Equmen Core Precision Singlet and I have to say, when I pulled the generic looking tank top out of the cardboard box, I was a little skeptical of all of the hype sprawled across the Equmen website (http://www.equmen.com/):
Equmen high-performance men’s compression clothing is designed to immediately improve how men look and feel, street to sport, work to weekend. Equmen compression undershirts and underwear are engineered with seamless athletic technology and physiotherapist techniques for ergonomic results. Equmen Helix-Mapping Technology focuses on core body mechanics – optimising support, improving posture stability and slimming at the same time. This makes Equmencompression clothing ideal for any man, whether he wants to slim his body under a suit, reduce back pain, or improve performance in any sporting activity. Equmen is for every man, every day, every wear.
Core Precision Undershirt: Singlet
EQUMEN’S singlet style structures and supports the core. Exclusive HELIX-MAPPING DESIGN builds in physiotherapy taping techniques to gently pull the shoulders back and promote optimal alignment.
The website also claims that the tight-fitting shirt:
· Improves Posture
· Supports Core Muscles
· Visibly Streamlines and Slims
· Controls Body Temperature
· Promotes Circulation
So, after reading all of these seemingly far-fetched claims and watching the videos, I decided that I would put the undershirt through a grueling seven day real life trial. From the workplace to work outs, I wanted to see if this expensive wife beater really could live up to all of its promises.
Day 1: Workout Day – Back Shoulders
I started the trial period off with a back and shoulder workout and I have to say, I really noticed a difference in my posture while doing the exercises. It felt like I have someone behind me placing a hand on my back to ensure that I kept my back straight, the extra support was definitely noticeable. The singlet is extremely tight and as such, I was expecting to be drenched in sweat after the workout. Surprisingly, after my hour and a half routine was complete, it seemed to me like I had perspired less than I normally would have. Of course, there had to be at least one problem with the shirt and I realized what that was when I got back to my place and couldn’t get the shirt off my back; it was so tight that I literally had to get my room mate to help pull it off.
Day 2: Soccer Game
I decided to keep with the physical activity theme for day 2 and wore the undershirt to my weekly soccer game (yes, I washed it). I didn’t notice as huge of a difference in my performance as I had the day before although I felt that I had a bit more control throughout my upper body. One thing that I have always known about myself is that I have a terrible running posture as I tend to hunch forward. During my game I could feel my back being pulled into a more linear position and my running motion seemed more fluid. I felt I played a better game than usual (6 breakaways!) but perhaps there was more of a psychological aspect involved. Anyway, I still needed help taking the shirt off after the game which was a bit embarrassing on the field but all in all, day 2 of the trial had left me even more impressed.
Day 3: Workplace
After putting the undershirt through two days of strenuous activity, I decided to change things up for day 3 and wear it to the office. Lately, I’ve been noticing some pain in my lower back that has been getting worse and worse, especially when I lay down just before bed. I had our occupational health and wellness team complete an ergonomic assessment of my desk space at work and I got a new chair that was supposed to properly support my size; however, the back problems have failed to improve. I have to say that wearing the core precision singlet at work unquestionably improved my posture while I was seated at my desk and it made for a very comfortable work day. I now wear the shirt to the office as often as I can and the low back pain that I had been experiencing almost on a nightly basis has almost been eliminated! I can’t imagine how much I’ve spent on massage and chiropractic treatment that haven’t even come close to yielding the results that I’ve seen from this product. Oh, and on day 3 I finally managed to figure out how to take the shirt off of my own, although I’m sure it’s a funny sight to see a 6’4” tall guy rolling a tank top up his torso like a sports bra…ha ha.
Day 5: Workout Day – Core/Abs
Day 5 happened to fall on the same day as my Wednesday core/abs class that I habitually attend (Pride is coming!). I thought this would be the perfect way to test out the singlet in its lead role of core alignment and stability. The class consists of 45 minutes of demanding core and abdominal exercises and I’ll admit, I can’t make it through the whole thing without taking a few extra-long breaks. Unfortunately, the singlet makes no claim of improving that of what I am in need of most… stamina! But what it lacked from that perspective it definitely made up for in terms of stability and control. I was able to hold the exercises for a much longer period of time and I had much more control over the movement of my core muscles. I’ll definitely be wearing the undershirt to the class on a weekly basis and now that I have the control and the extra stability I need to get through it, I’ll just have to work on improving my stamina!
Day 6: Soccer Game
Almost a week had gone by and now it was time for another soccer game (I’ve never washed a shirt so many times in such a short period in my life!). As expected I experienced the same great results of the first game, except that this time I scored a hat trick and I was able to take the undershirt off after the game all by myself! Could this be my new lucky garment?
Day 7: Workout Day – Arms
By the final day I had run out of untested routine events so I took it back to the gym for my arm workout. I have to honestly say, I was again very impressed with the results. I actually felt more powerful when lifting through my extremities and I didn’t feel as much of a strain on my back both during and after each set. I was shocked that such a minor adjustment to my normal apparel could offer so much support!
So after my 7 day trial I can honestly admit that the Equmen Core Precision singlet truly amazed me. The shirt was very comfortable at all times while I was wearing it and I didn’t experience the chafing and coarseness that I would have expected from such a tight garment. With it on I can really notice a difference in my posture and I feel more stable throughout my core. I know it’s hard to imagine that a shirt can do all of these incredible things but unless you try it out, you won’t understand. Even though the price tag does look a little high for an undershirt, it’s well worth it. My only issue now is that I can’t wash it fast enough to be able to wear it 7 days a week!
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