Should You Wear Anything Under Compression Shorts?

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If you play a sport or enjoy regular physical activity, then you may know how widely-used compression shorts have become among athletes and trainers. However, you may be wondering: should you wear anything under compression shorts? In short, THE ANSWER IS NO.

To get the most out of your compression clothing, they should be worn as a base layer directly next to your skin.

SWEAT IT OUT® with COOL COMPRESSION® Technology offers a line of high-quality compression garments that help prevent muscular injury, improve athletic performance, and more. Our products should be worn as the first layer next to the skin all day for maximum impact. Remember that compression garments should NOT be worn while sleeping!  

What are Compression Shorts?

Compression shorts are designed to provide maximum support to leg muscles—such as the hamstring and quadriceps—and the groin region. 

SWEAT IT OUT® men’s and women’s compression shorts are made of high-quality fabric that stretches 360° with the body and 200% in every direction. This helps provide the necessary support your muscles need during a workout while being comfortable.

Whether you’ve seen athletes wear compression shorts as an outer layer or are just getting into fitness yourself, it’s common to wonder whether you should wear anything under compression shorts. You might even think it’s okay to wear underwear under compression shorts. We’re here to tell you that’s not the case! 

Here is why you should only wear compression shorts as the first layer next to the skin.

Wearing Compression Shorts as the First Layer

To reap the intended advantages to the fullest extent, it’s best to wear compression garments against your skin—this means you should not even wear underwear under compression shorts. 

Now that you know not to wear anything under compression shorts, it’s essential to understand the benefits of high-quality compression garments when worn correctly. 

Here are the main benefits:

  • Improved Circulation: Wearing compression shorts can improve your performance while exercising by enhancing blood circulation. When you have increased blood flow, your legs will be able to carry you through a workout for a longer period of time.
  • Post Workout Recovery: When you wear compression shorts as intended, they can help reduce muscle fatigue and inflammation and cut down on your recovery time.
  • Regulate Body Temperature: When worn next to the skin, compression shorts can help your body cool down during physical activity.

When worn correctly, SWEAT IT OUT® women’s and men’s compression shorts are supportive and comfortable. SWEAT IT OUT® with COOL COMPRESSION® Technology compression clothing rotates over 360° with the body and stretches 200% in all directions.

Additional Benefits of Compression Shorts

One additional benefit of compression shorts is that they provide comfort while training or exercising. If you wear underwear beneath your compression shorts, you may experience chafing or sweating that can make you feel uncomfortable. Compression clothing wicks moisture from your skin to help you feel comfortable and cool.

Of course, we can’t forget to mention the biggest advantage of all: compression garments help reduce swelling and muscle fatigue. This is the best preventative measure against injuries when worn correctly—as the first layer against the skin. 

But keep in mind that compression garments are not aspirin. If you have a serious injury, please consult with a doctor!

Enhance Performance With Compression Shorts

So, in conclusion, are you supposed to wear anything under compression shorts? THE ANSWER IS NO.

If you wear underwear beneath your compression shorts, the underwear will bunch and become damp, leading to discomfort and decreased breathability. Wearing your compression shorts as intended will improve your athletic performance and help during the recovery period.

SWEAT IT OUT® has a line of compression shorts designed to protect specific areas of your body:

Now that you know compression shorts have many benefits, shop our line of high-quality compression shorts made in the USA. SWEAT IT OUT® Performance Compression Shorts are widely recommended by chiropractors, doctors, and athletic trainers. 

We also offer compression socks, shoulder compression shirts, and more! For more information: 

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