Last month I ran across an article on nymag.com that introduced me to a new line of products from LUMBARWEAR, that they referred to as a “mirdle“. I dug through the company’s website to learn more about the product, and decided to share my initial observations in this post last month:
I decided to reach out to LUMBARWEAR to see if they’d be open to sharing more information, and they kindly wrote back with some additional product information and also agreed to send me some samples that I could try out.
On the surface, they appeared to be similar to other compression garments that I’ve been writing about here recently, but after I got them a few weeks back, I quickly discovered that the garments from LUMBARWEAR serve a much different purpose.
These core strengthening garments aren’t intended to be worn as man girdles — that is, they’re not designed to be a compression garment, slimming shirt, or shapewear product to help you hide your love handles or beer belly. They are in fact garments designed for any and all sports enthusiasts (runners, climbers, golf players, baseball players, soccer players, tennis players, skiers, bikers, hikers, etc.) who are looking for a product that will help them with their core strength training needs (Improve posture & strengthen torso, lower back, and abdominal regions).
LUMBARWEAR is not a girdle or shaper that constricts the breadth or confines muscle activity in an attempt to mold the body. Our mission is to help you enjoy your active lifestyle through lumbar wellness, core strength and posture stability.
I can’t say I’m well versed on core strength training, but I hear the term used a lot in conjunction with yoga. I googled the the term “core strengthening” and found an article in CNN’s health section that described the following benefits of training your core muscles:
Your body’s core — the area around your trunk and pelvis — is where your center of gravity is located. A strong core gives you:
* Increased protection and “bracing” for your back
* Controlled movement
* A more stable center of gravity
* A more stable platform for sports movements
When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work in harmony. They provide support to your spine for just about any activity.
A weak core can make you susceptible to poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries. Strong core muscles provide the brace of support needed to help prevent such pain and injury.
Although LUMBARWEAR is not a man-girdle, I decided to wear one (the Fly Front American Boxer) for an entire day while I was at work (yes, I do work) a few weeks ago and I captured some of my initial thoughts in this email I sent the folks at LUMBARWEAR:
By the way, I did wind up wearing the LUMBARWEAR Fly-Front garment for the entire day on Monday while going about my normal work activities. I found the garment to be very comfortable, while at the same time I felt slightly more confident about my appearance due to the fact I was enjoying some of the compression benefits. I especially liked the fit of the bottom part of the garment as it was extremely comfortable and it did
not feel constricting to my “lower parts” whatsoever. I thought for a moment that if there were a bottom-only garment, I would likely wear it more regularly for typical activities and not just for sporting activities.
The only thing that was a bit of an inconvenience during the day was that the top of the garment slipped down from time to time, and I found myself having to pull it up (trying not to bring attention to myself while doing so). Although, considering you are targeting the garment for wear during sporting activities to provide core support, I don’t think that would be as much of a problem. I’m going to wear the men’s body short to see how that addresses the slipping down.
I do still plan to wear it for one of my work-outs this week, but my schedule has been very busy so I have not had a chance to workout yet. Overall, I really like this garment and would highly recommend it to men looking for compression support for any purpose.
I did get the chance to wear the same item I wore above during a recent work out and I have to say I really enjoyed wearing it. I experienced a comfortable concentrated compression throughout my midsection (abs and torso) during the entire 40 minute cardio workout and also felt the additional support it provided when I was doing sit-ups. Also, because of the fabric composition (62% cotton, 31% Polyamide, 6% LYCRA) and 1% Silver Yarn/X-Static 20% which gives the the garment it’s thermoregulation characteristics (and anti-microbial and anti-odor qualities), it kept the midsection of my body at a comfortable temperature the entire time. As a point of reference, I’ve gotten really hot wearing some compression undershirts while working out.
I do plan to wear it regularly for the next couple of months during my workouts and look forward to seeing the core strengthening benefits that LUMBARWEAR has to offer.
Currently, they sell the Men’s Boxer Short online at Colonial Medical and their Men’s Boxer Short and Men’s Classic Brief are available at TaylorGifts.com. As far as I can tell, they don’t yet sell the ones I received (with Silver Yarn/X-Static) online yet, but hopefully I’ll hear from them soon with a list of online stores that will be carrying their new line of products.
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