Solutions for Men Who Need Chest Support

Is There A Sports Bra for Men?

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A bouncing chest can be as unpleasant for men with male breast enlargement as it is for women. It can be embarrassing to talk about and to try to find solutions when your "man boobs" hurt. What can men do when they need chest support for walking, running or exercising? Is there a sports bra for men?

Many Men Need Chest Support for Sports, Running, and Walking

You are not alone. Many men have some chest development, whether muscle, fat, or glandular tissue ( gynecomastia).

The need for support can come due to weight gain and advancing years. Your chest starts to sag and you experience bouncing with activities such as running and walking. Sports that include bursts of running, such as basketball, tennis, soccer, and baseball can also give you discomfort.

A bouncing chest is unpleasant and may be painful. Some men may simply give up activities that lead to the bounce rather than seeking solutions. Another unpleasant chest problem is chafed nipples. While this can happen no matter what size of chest you have (and for women as well as men), it may be more noticeable when you have breast enlargement.

Men may be reluctant to turn to the solutions women use, such as a sports bra. They want the equivalent of a sports bra for men, with styling that doesn't look like a female sports bra. And many want, in all cases, to avoid being found shopping for a sports bra.

5 Solutions for Men Who Need Chest Support

Here are five suggestions for ways to keep your chest from bouncing during exercise.

1. Chest Binders and Compression Vests

Underworks.com and Morris Designs have chest binders and compression vests for men. These have the advantage of being styled for men and marketed for men, lessening any embarrassment in shopping for them and wearing them. Some are partial-torso designs that cover the breast area, while others are full-torso designs.

They look like regular undershirts.

2. SPANX Shapewear for Men

The company that brought new popularity to female shapewear also has Spanx male shapewear. They have tank and t-shirt compression and core performance designs. The designs also provide stomach shaping in addition to chest compression. Wearing these designs won't cause comment as they are full-torso designs that look like regular undershirts. For exercise, for sweat-wicking fabric rather than their cotton designs. Cotton holds moisture and will leave you damp and soggy after a workout or sports. While their cotton options cost a lot less, you'll want the performance nylon/spandex designs instead.

3. Find a Plus Size Sports Bra

If you decide a sports bra is the only answer, you may have difficulty finding one large enough to fit around your chest. There are some specialty plus-size sportswear companies that have what you need.  Juno Active is a plus size exercise clothing site that has a variety of styles of plus size bras appropriate for sports and workouts. They have sizes up to 6X in many styles, and styles feature smooth cups and compression, with wide fabric at the shoulders rather than elastic straps. These designs don't scream, "Bra!" Most of the designs come in basic black or white that would be appropriate under your workout shirts.

4. Compression Tops

You may be able to find a close-fitting top in stretchy fabric such as lycra or spandex that will provide flattening and support. You can do a search at online retailers such as Amazon for "tight undershirt," "compression base layer," or "compression tank" to see various options.

5. Ace Bandage

You could wind an elastic bandage around your chest a few times to provide flattening and support. Be sure that it isn't so tight as to restrict your breathing. The problem with this solution is that the fit and effect will likely be different each time rather than consistent. It may also be obvious underneath a light shirt.

But it is a cheap and quick solution. You don't have to do any real shopping, and it might work in a pinch if your other special-purpose chest binders are in the laundry or you left them at home while traveling.

Be sure to check the return policy for any items you purchase. As they may be classified as underwear, you may only be able to return them if they are unworn and unwashed.

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