The clothes we wear have become as streamlined as the gadgets we use, especially in activewear, but one thing you may not have considered when getting dressed is “does my bulge look big in this?”
Yes, we get it, as if re-immersing yourself back into society wasn’t hard enough, you now have to be aware of if you’re exposing too much, too soon. Now don’t get us wrong, this has always been a concern especially if you work hard and likes to show off your physique however now there is a new element to take into account because you’ve probably undergone a reconditioning period, where you’ve become accustomed to the freedom of dressing and acting without fear of judgment.
So if that sounds familiar, you may need to retrain your brain and be a little more considerate the next time you decide to work out in public (especially in the gym) because just because you may feel comfortable, doesn’t mean everyone around you is too.
For a majority of us, the swift swap from wearing regular clothing to slipping into soft, cozy, and stretchy fabrics was easy, because no one had the strength to endure yet another restriction, especially if the enforcer was our clothes. So now that gyms are open, switching to smooth sportswear that snugly fits like a second layer of skin sounds supportive, right? Well, it depends.
The evolution of gym wear has come a long way, thanks to technology and science which has helped facilitate everyone from Olympic athletes to mere exercise enthusiasts, to perform at their best with lightweight, breathable, and astonishingly thin ply.
On the other hand, less fabric can often mean less visible protection, meaning a higher chance of noticeable erect nips, VPLs (visible penis lines and also panty lines), and camel toe whilst you are getting in the zone. Although is this a bad thing or part of human nature?
If You’re in Need of Extra Support and Coverage Below the Belt
So whether you’re a grower or a shower, investing in items that include built-it soft cups or jockstraps and, wearing compression underwear can give you peace of mind because no one wants to look like John Travolta in Perfect, no-body.
See, you should never feel discouraged from exercising for fear of feeling exposed, no matter what your age, and wearing compression clothing allows you to feel protected whilst doing so.
What about days when you’ve forgotten to prep or just need external reassurance when you’re deadlifting? Why not try a dick towel, for size, favored by “The Rock” for helping him wipe his sweaty hands during reps and worn “always tucked in the front, mid-waistband, and hanging betwixt the hip bones” as described in detail by Jezebel’s Tracy Clark-Floryby, it’s great for spur of the moment sessions.
Is There a Bulge Etiquette?
It’s fascinating how judgmental some of us can be when it comes to bulges and we understand, there is a time and a place to reveal your inner exhibitionist, but when you are going about your business and trying not to draw attention to yourself, why should someone feel the need to call you out, on being able to see something on your body?
Also, exercise and body image can be delicate and often trigger sore spots, so it’s advised to be mindful because we aren’t aware of what’s going on in someone else’s life, so if someone has taken the steps to workout to potentially escape from their current situation, the last thing they need is to feel insecure about a normal part of the human anatomy.
We all have sexual organs and we shouldn’t be made to feel uncomfortable about the fact and as long, as it’s not popping out unwarrantedly to say hello or touching you unsolicitedly, we should embrace our bodies because we weren’t made in a factory and shouldn’t be striving to resemble unrealistic smooth and seamless body standards.
SOURCE: ASK MEN