One of my goals for this year was to get back into shape. When I got pregnant with my youngest son, I was in the best shape I’d been in since I was a teenager – my husband and I were both focused on staying fit and active and healthy. We went on frequent bike rides around the lake (about a 9-mile circuit), had memberships at the YMCA, went kayaking and swimming and hiking… and then I got pregnant. I spent the winter months pregnant, and since our son was born almost two years ago, finding the time to go do those activities has been challenging. (Wait, it’s hard to find the time/energy to exercise when you have four kids and the youngest is a baby or toddler? No way!) Long story short, I need to get back in shape!
I received a Goddess Rash Guard compression shirt to review, a great workout shirt to help me achieve my goals. Goddess Rash Guard compression shirts are lightweight and feature a UPF 50+ rating to protect you from the sun – no more having to apply and reapply sunscreen when you’re doing outdoor athletic activities! You can wear these shirts year-round: in the colder months, you can wear this shirt as a base shirt for added warmth; in the warmer months, these lightweight shirts protect you from the sun and, with their Fast Drying technology, can even be used as a swim shirt!
I’ve never worn a compression shirt before, but I knew that they’re designed to be snug fitting (to reduce unnecessary weight and drag). I’m not a small person even when I’m fit and healthy (I’m 5’10 and have a larger bust), and I usually wear a size Large t-shirt. Or even an XL for the women’s fitted “babydoll” style shirts. So I went with a size X-large for the compression shirt… honestly, I probably could have stood to go with a 2X if that had been available, as snug as these shirts are! (For appearance’s sake, though, not for effectiveness – I was happily surprised that the arms and torso were long enough for me in the x-large size!) They’re made of a state-of-the-art combination of nylon and spandex, and even though I kind of look like stuffed sausage wearing this shirt, it’s nonetheless quite comfortable. It’s not a tight fit like “Oh my gosh, I can’t breathe!” but more like “Hey, this is like having a second layer of skin!” Still, if you plan to order one, I’d suggest erring on the side of caution and ordering a size up from your usual if you’re in doubt.
Since we’re still deep in the midst of winter here, I’ve been wearing my Goddess Rash Guard compression shirt as a base shirt. I wouldn’t have the confidence to wear it by itself yet, but hopefully by the time the weather warms up I’ll have gotten rid of that extra layer around my middle. (To be fair, it’s been so cold this winter that there’s a chance I might have frozen to death without my extra padding!) I’m hoping to get back into bicycling and kayaking this summer, and this shirt will be perfect to protect me from the sun while also not restricting my movements. They’re designed for any type of workout – running, cycling, swimming, Crossfit, surfing, MMA – whatever athletic activity you want to do!
When you’re doing with your workout, all you need to do is wash the shirt in cold water and then hang it to dry (which takes very little time, as these shirts are designed to dry quickly). They’re made in the USA by a family-owned business, and come with a 100% money back guarantee and a lifetime warranty. The Compression Shirt by Goddess Rash Guards is available in four colors (black, light blue, turquoise, and white) in sizes ranging from extra-small up to extra-large. You can get yours on Amazon (Prime eligible) for $26.50 at the time of this posting.