Mens Underwear 2021: Ballistic Menswear

Mens Underwear 2021: Ballistic Menswear

Introduction

I found Ballistic Menswear because a photographer tweeted about the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based brand. Ballistic has underwear for sale now, but the brand plans to offer swimwear and gym wear for sale in the future.

Author’s note: I wrote a blog post about Kyle Hynick, a model who is from Halifax.

Social Media

Underwear

Ballistic sells briefs and two types of boxer briefs: mesh and athletic. The size charts from Ballistic underwear is located conveniently on the product page.

The fabric composition (for the briefs and mesh boxer briefs) is 95 percent bamboo viscose and 5 percent Spandex. The boxer briefs have a mesh panel in the front; the athletic boxer briefs have solid fabric.

For the athletic boxer briefs, the fabric composition is 95 percent Polyester and 5 percent Spandex.

(Note: To read more about the styles and types of men’s underwear, read another blog post for more information.)

Delivery

Ballistic Menswear uses Canada Post and DHL (outside Canada).

Payment Accepted

When I published this post, the brand accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.

Conclusion

Ballistic Menswear daily underwear, with a little bit of daring (with the mesh underwear versions). With the nice selection of colors and good size range, many guys can find something they like.

Workout Gear for Crossfit: Tactical Short and Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Workout Gear for Crossfit: Tactical Short and Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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Crossfit Workout Goal: Long-term Health

As explained in the guide on Crossfit shorts, Crossfit uses high-intensity, functional movements. For example, a beginner workout-of-the-day (WOD) could be squats, pull-ups, presses, and a run. A workout requires gear that allows a guy to be comfortable as he goes through his challenging workout.

You are starting a workout routine for lifetime health benefits, so workout gear should be long-lasting.

Items that will support you as you attain your Crossfit training goals: Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short and reusable water bottle.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

The Tactical Short has 80 percent Nylon and 20 percent Spandex and has a compression liner.

This short can go from gym-based workouts to running outside, swimming, or completing shopping tasks before going home.

The shorts have zippered pockets to keep your keys and other personal property secured.

The shorts have two lengths: 5 inches and 7 inches.

Introducing: The Tactical Short
Introducing: The Tactical Short
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Ten Thousand Water Bottle

Rather than using countless plastic bottles to have water available during your workout, it is more convenient to have a reusable water bottle.

One option that would work is stainless steel that is free from bisphenol A (BPA).

Ten Thousand’s BPA-free stainless steel water bottle is 32 ounces. It has a convenient handle and a wide opening so that you can add your supplements or ice cubes easily. The water bottle has a double wall that can maintain the water temperature.

24 Hours Cold & 12 Hours Hot
24 Hours Cold & 12 Hours Hot

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Introduction

I found some of Kyle Hynick‘s photos where he was wearing a big flannel shirt that had an embroidered logo and design on it. I discovered that the jacket is an overshirt.

Is the overshirt a good piece to add to a guy’s wardrobe or is it just a passing fad? The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I can see why the garment has many fans.

The Cardigan Sweater

Way back, I loved cardigan sweaters with designs like some overshirts; sadly, this type of cardigan faded away. The overshirt could fill the place of the cardigan, at least for me.

What is an Overshirt?

According to the EQVVS website, an overshirt is a jacket with the design of a shirt. The overshirt comes in various styles (zip front, button front, with pockets or without pockets) and fabrics (cotton or nylon). The style is casual, but some of the overshirts have great colors making those pieces more polished. The overshirt is versatile to wear in all seasons, which is great for the Washington, D.C., area weather pattern.

In selecting an overshirt, it should be big enough to fit a sweater underneath the overshirt, but not supersized (unless that is the look you are going for).

How to Style the Overshirt

The overshirt provides many options for creating an outfit. I am still learning how about how to create a great look. I look to YouTube videos to see what fashion bloggers recommend.

The first video is by Style by Dillan, who provides advice on creating a two to a three-layered outfit.

In the second video, Devan on Deck styles overshirts for use in warmer climates or a transition from cold to warm weather. Devan also discusses how to use overshirts to introduce color to your outfit.

YouTuber Marcel Floruss, in the third video, demonstrates several overshirts, in a variety of fabrics.

Examples

Kyle Hynick

Instagram influencer, Kyle Hynick, started a page where he wears different outfits. In the photos with overshirts, Kyle wears flannel shirts with customized embroidery and plaid jackets. He wears an overshirt with a graphic tee and cargo pants or jeans. It is a well-styled, relaxed rugged combination, perfect for weeknights or weekends.

Celestial City

Celestial City is a small business located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Celestial City’s owner lives in Halifax.

The brand sells embroidered sweatshirts, as Kyle is wearing one. The brand also provides for custom embroidery requests. (Check the website for more details.)

Represent

Represent is a luxury streetwear brand based in Great Britain. George and Michael Heaton, brothers, own Represent.

Several of Kyle’s outfits have a graphic t-shirt, jacket, hoodie, or overshirt, and cargo pants from the brand.

Overshirt Brands

In researching this article, I became interested in the style, as I used to love cardigans with a design on them. While looking on Pinterest for Overshirt examples, I found a great looking overshirt from Percival. I liked the overshirt’s look (flannel work shirt, hazel mini hound–sold out), but I wanted to learn more about the company.

Percival

Percival is a Great Britain brand located in Hackney. The brand strives to combine a “British sense of understated style and rare, internationally-sourced fabrics and materials.” A group of five operate the business.

I emailed the company with a sizing question about another coat and received a reply. (I decided to look for an overshirt because I have several coats already. The size information was valuable.)

I found a wool work shirt (midnight and espresso windowpane). I decided to buy it.

The order process was smooth. I will update the post with details about the delivery and fit.

Order Review

My order was mailed on January 25 from the United Kingdom and arrived at my home in the United States (through DHL (20 GBP)) on January 27. The shipping is pricey, but I appreciate more the delivery speed.

I am impressed with how neatly the order was packed in the mail bag. The order arrived in a black mail bag. Inside the work shirt was within a cloth bag with the Percival logo. There was an envelope with return information if needed.

The work shirt is made of wool but is not overly heavy. (I love my cashmere overcoat–warm and light–so I pay attention to a jacket’s weight.) There is a lining in the sleeves.

I am happy with my purchase, and I will keep looking on the website for other pieces to buy.

Conclusion

The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I hope that this article is also a benefit for you, the reader. (I will update this post with further examples.)

Would you consider buying an overshirt? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or by email.

Eco-Friendly: DIY Workout Tank Top from T-Shirt

Eco-Friendly: DIY Workout Tank Top from T-Shirt

Introduction: A New Use for Old T-Shirts

Some Instagram posts feature a particular type of workout shirt—a tank top that was formerly a t-shirt. Typically, the wearer has built considerable muscle mass, which contrasts with the open shirt fabric.

(Scroll down for how-to videos.)

Connor Mead
Blake Mouyassar by Michael A. Downs

Eco-Friendly, Popular Gym Shirt

These shirts are an example of repurposing old clothes, which helps to reduce textile waste.

Josh Watson

This workout shirt is also popular. There are many searches for this gym shirt on Internet search engines. It makes sense as the workout shirt is budget-friendly and relatively easy to create. On Pinterest, this shirt style has a search peak through warmer weather months.

Diego Sechi in London, UK

How to Cut a T-Shirt to Create a Muscle Shirt

There are several instructional YouTube videos–with a high level of views.

Can You Rock the Muscle Tee?

I think that this type of shirt suits muscular bodies well. A smaller t-shirt would work better for aspiring bodybuilders.

For guys with massive gains, you can make a stringer tank. See the video by pro bodybuilder Evan Centopani.

Conclusion

Embrace the workout tank top, eco-friendly clothing that is easy on the budget and shows off your workout results.

Did you find the YouTube videos helpful? What are your thoughts about the workout tank top? Let me know in the comments.

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Crossfit Shorts for Men

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Crossfit Shorts for Men

Introduction

Perhaps you are a newbie Crossfit enthusiast preparing for your first WOD, or you are a skilled Crossfit athlete seeking to find the best men’s shorts that will be as tough as you perform your exercise movements. This article will explain the various types of Crossfit shorts that are on the market.

WOD or Box Shorts Are Just Gym Workout Shorts

According to the wodhopper website, a Crossfit box is a gym that affiliates with Crossfit. An affiliated gym must have Crossfit-certified trainers on site. WOD in Crossfit stands for workout of the day. As each gym is independent, the workout emphasis varies from gym to gym.

According to Invictus Fitness, Crossfit gyms typically “post one workout each day for their members and online followers to complete.” So box shorts or wod shorts are essentially gym shorts.

For a reflection of a new person starting Crossfit from mens physique, read a blog article about Tom Seed.

Crossfit Shorts that Will Work as Hard as You During Your WOD

Crossfit uses functional movements. As a result, shorts that allow you to achieve the full range of motion is the best. You have a range of shorts from which to select your favorite.

Brands

Several brands create Crossfit shorts, including Nike, No Bull, Reebok, Ten Thousand, and Rogue.

Crossfit Board Shorts

In this blog, I wrote an article for board shorts in mens physique competitions. The board shorts there are closer to the leg. For Crossfit, the board shorts have a wider leg opening given the demands of the Crossfit WOD. For example, see the Reebok board shorts; the shorts have a wide leg opening that could suit demanding leg-focused exercise movements. Reebok’s board shorts have pockets.

The Rogue brand also has a board shorts option available. The board shorts, like the Reebok, have a pocket.

Crossfit Cordura Shorts

What is Cordura?

Cordura is a trademarked brand name for a fabric that INVICTA (a subsidiary of Koch Industries) manufactures. The synthetic fabric is available for civilian use. Cordura can withstand abrasions, is generally water repellent and flame resistant. Read more about Cordura at Sailrite’s website.

I was not able to find any shorts with Cordura. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.

Crossfit Kevlar Shorts

What is Kevlar?

Kevlar is a trademarked brand name for a synthetic fabric known best for its use in bullet-resistant body armor. Kevlar’s creator is Stephanie Kwolek, and DuPont owns the trademark. Kevlar is cut and puncture resistant and flame resistant.

Why is Kevlar used in Crossfit shorts? The workouts can be demanding, but not to the extent of needing Kevlar’s strengths. I was not able to find any shorts with Kevlar. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.

Crossfit Compression Shorts

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Considering the functional exercise moves in Crossfit, a compression short is available. The use of compression shorts is wide in fitness. Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short can incorporate an optional compression liner in the shorts. The Interval shorts also have pockets.

There is a compression short that is a separate item, such as the one from No Bull.

Introducing: The Tactical Short

Crossfit Fight Shorts

The Rogue brand offers a fight short for MMA fights, Crossfit WODs, and gym workouts. The fight shorts have a velcro closure. The Rogue fight short has a side zipper pocket.

What to Wear under Crossfit Shorts?

Given the amount of movement with this activity, briefs, boxer briefs, or compression shorts would work well. Some shorts, like the Interval Shorts discussed above, can incorporate a compression liner under the top shell of the shorts.

The Underwear Expert did a video several years ago asking Crossfit athletes about their underwear preference.

Conclusion

This article has covered the shorts available to the new and experienced Crossfit athlete. The fabrics of the shorts will sustain rough treatment during challenging WODs.

Also, Crossfit shorts have a place in the athleisure category, with most of the shorts having pockets.

Any of the shorts featured are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.

Men’s Short Shorts: Athleisure- and Swim-Based Options Available

Men’s Short Shorts: Athleisure- and Swim-Based Options Available

Introduction

I was looking for some new gym shorts. In my search, I noticed a selection of shorts that had a length of three to five inches. I had known that some gym trainers liked short shorts for the flexibility of movement for leg day. The style was popular in the 1970s, so the fashion trend is a blast from the past.

There are two popular styles that I noticed in my search:

  • gym (or Crossfit) shorts (in the athleisure category) and
  • swim-based shorts (that can be worn in a pool or other water and at a resort or other places).

The length of short shorts depends on the length and width of a guy’s thighs. A taller guy may need a little more length. (Read an article at Esquire Magazine for how different shorts lengths look on guys from tall to short.)

Josh Riquelme

Many brands have shorts with lengths from 3 to 6 inches, so there is room to accommodate all heights.

Kyle Hynick
Read more about Roger Zacha.
Model: Josh Riquelme. Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar.
Photo by Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Media Coverage

Five-Inch Inseam Shorts

On TikTok, there are posts encouraging guys to ditch long length shorts in favor of 5-inch inseam shorts (aka short shorts). (See an article by Esquire Magazine.)

Paul Mescal, actor, in short shorts. Photo by Click News and Media.

Are Men’s Shorts Getting Shorter?

The Guardian newspaper had an article about men’s interest in short shorts (the way shorts were in the 1970s and 1980s) (author Priya Elan). Men’s shorts became longer in the 1990s and early 2000s. The theme of the story was the connection of menswear, sensuality, and affordable style.

There is some tension as the inseam gets to 5 inches and lower. (See discussion in next subsection.)

In the bodybuilding (and physique) world, I think that there is a desire to show the results of leg day training as well as practicality—better movement in the gym. With athleisure clothing, this gym wear is also worn in casual wear.

(See a previous article on leg day shorts.)

Josh Watson

An article in the New Idea, a publication for Australian women, also supports short shorts and provides practical tips (author Rhys McKay). It should be noted that some parts of Australian fashion embraced short shorts (for example, brands (2Eros (Zyzz (the late Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011)) shorts, also known as the S01 Icon Shorts (mentioned in a previous blog article) and fitness trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal) as well as sports (the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian rugby).

Australian rugby
Expert calisthenics trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal
Australian Football League

When Are Shorts Too Short for Guys?

For shorter shorts, like the Addicted mesh shorts, below, there may be some negative feedback received from the guy showing too much leg. Rick for The Running Channel on YouTube investigated this question with two-inch inseam side-split running shorts.

Bang Clothing brand offers show shorts that have a three-inch inseam.

As discussed above with the Guardian article, the shorts force a connection between men’s fashion and sensuality. However, bodybuilders and AFL athletes has embraced the fashion trend enthusiastically.

A YouTuber and male model, Brandon Pikulinski, was having this debate in his video log. He’s a tall guy, 6’3″ or 1.91 meters. Brandon is a jogger, wore short shorts and leggings on a hot day to go for a jog (at about 30 second-mark in the video).

Later, for a swim, he tried on short swim trunks with a four-inch inseam and felt the shorts were too short (at about the 6:52 mark in the video). His girlfriend liked them.

If you decide to embrace short shorts, be confident and go for it. Maybe another guy is debating the same question internally. If more guys embrace it (as in the 1970s), it will encourage other guys to support it.

Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

DW Chase (shorts, Addicted)

Timoteo offers a mesh short (which model Matt Luscious wears below) that has a very short inseam like the running short.

Cellblock13 reversible mesh short
See blog post on Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Fashion Bloggers

Ollie Pearce

London, UK, based fashion and fitness blogger Ollie Pearce did a YouTube video on short shorts. While the shorts that Ollie showed on his video was a form of board shorts, he did discuss how shorter length shorts can help taller guys as well as guys who love leg days at the gym.

Models

David Cihacek by Photographer Marc Spielberg

Model David Cihacek, from the Czech Republic, wears Adidas shorts in a photo shoot by Photographer Marc Spielberg.

David Cihacek by Marc Spielberg in Germany

Swim-Based Short Shorts

The shorts in this category have a mesh liner as well as fabric that can handle being in the water. The shorts also dry quickly to be worn away from water.

BrandStyle
TucannCherry white swim shorts
Bang ClothesBjorn to be alive – Tailored Shorts
2ErosS60 Bondi Shorts – Navy  
Scroll down for photos.

Tucann

Swim Shorts

Bang Clothes

Tailored Shorts

2Eros

S60 Bondi Shorts

Athleisure

With the athleisure shorts, the garment has a low rise and does not necessarily have a liner.

BrandStyle
Jack AdamsUltralight short
Code 22Thrust short
AddictedTropical mesh short
Scroll down for photos.

Jack Adams

Ultralight Shorts

Code 22

Thrust Shorts

Addicted

Tropical Mesh Shorts

Conclusion

I have presented a selection of short shorts that are available. Whether you are looking for something to wear at the beach or pool, at the gym, or running errands around town, there is an option available to you.

Are you interested in short shorts? Please tell us of your interest and brand that you like in the comments. If there is a dream vacation spot or resort that you would like to visit post-Covid, please also write it in the comment area.

Mens Underwear 2021: Photoshoot with Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Aggelos Pirikkis for Walking Jack

Mens Underwear 2021: Photoshoot with Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Aggelos Pirikkis for Walking Jack

Introduction

Aggelos Pirikkis is a personal trainer and model who lives in Cyprus. He had a photoshoot with Canthos Studio for Walking Jack, a men’s underwear brand based in Greece.

(The underwear is manufactured in Portugal. Read more about Walking Jack on its website.)

Aggelos has a fantastic haircut.

My Experience with Walking Jack

I am a fan of the Bluebird collection. You can read my order review from the shop at the Men and Underwear website on the blog post.

Aggelos by Canthos Studio

Aggelos by Raph Pill

The Photoshoot in Cyprus

The photoshoot took place in Cyprus.

Aggelos wore several selections from the Walking Jack range:

  • Bluebird Trunks
  • Fern Briefs
  • Letters Trunks  
  • Solid Briefs in white, black and blue.

Bluebird

The Walking Jack collection

Fern

The Walking Jack collection

Letters

The Walking Jack collection

Solid briefs

The Walking Jack collection

The brand takes its inspiration from nature to create its interpretation of classic men’s underwear.

Conclusion

Walking Jack has created great looking everyday underwear, which Aggelos models well in his photoshoot.

Have you tried the Walking Jack brand, or perhaps interested in learning more about the brand? Let me know in the comments.

Male Fitness Models: Luis Capecchi

Male Fitness Models: Luis Capecchi

Luis’ Social Media

Instagram | TikTok | YouTube | model portfolio-Next Management |

Introduction

I first saw male model Luis Capecchi when Photographer Lester Villarama (who has also worked with Josh Riquelme), posted some photos that were published in Maximo Magazine.

Luis’ Podcast

I was interested in finding out more about Luis, and I found out through a web search that Luis is a YouTuber. His first video was a podcast that he filmed with his friend Nano Azpurua. I found the story about his background interesting, as I am a first generation U.S. citizen and have family from South America.

It is a treat to hear the model that you see in photos speaking. In the podcast, Luis and Nano touch on many topics. I recommend watching the video. I have picked out some information for the introduction to this blog post.

Biographical Information

  • Luis’ birthdate is September 4 (Virgo).
  • Luis was born in the United States; his parents are from Venezuela in South America.
  • Luis’ height is 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78 meters). Luis mentioned in the podcast that he went to a model open call (where scouts look for models). The scouts told him that he was too short. (Usually models are 6 feet or above in height.)

Other Information from Luis’ Podcast

When Luis started a TikTok account and began to get a lot of views, Luis then attracted interest.

Luis prefers not to live the full-time job life. Luis has worked several jobs since he was 16. In the podcast, Luis mentions that he attended online college courses. He did not mention a course of study.

Luis commented briefly on his workout goals. He stated that he will talk about the subject more in another video.

At the time of this blog post, Luis and Nano were looking for a name for their podcast and podcast ideas. You can enter suggestions at Luis YouTube video.

Pandemic and Protest in 2020

The year 2020 was eventful with a pandemic as well as several painful events involving fatal citizen encounters with law enforcement officers. One notable case was the one involving George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ample witness videos ultimately became a macabre film of 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

The aftermath of this event spread worldwide. Luis attended one of the protests.

Photoshoots

Lester Villarama and Maximo Magazine

As mentioned earlier in the post, Luis had a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama in Los Angeles, California. (Grooming was by Keon Cruz.) One session was featured in Maximo Magazine.

There was another photo shoot that was done in black and white. While color photos dominate, I still find black and white photos intriguing.

Stevan Reyes

Luis also had a photo session with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida. Photographer Reyes also had a photo session with Kyle Hynick.

Conclusion

Luis has attracted a huge follower base for his TikTok content and has been making the best of a challenging 2020. I wish him best as he pursues his career path outside of the salaried 9-to-5 life. (Model Dominic Calvani has a similar opinion.)

It is interesting to hear the perspective of a first-generation U.S. citizen, as it is the same experience as mine, with family from South America (former British colonies), which is also a similar experience as mine.

I look forward to seeing more photos and social media content from Luis.

If you have any favorite photos or social media content that you have seen of Luis, please leave a comment or send me an email.

Mens Physique Board Shorts: An Inspired, Dedicated Gym Trainer Prepares for Competition

Mens Physique Board Shorts: An Inspired, Dedicated Gym Trainer Prepares for Competition

Introduction

You have been a dedicated weight trainer, and you have developed a good nutrition plan that works with your body. You are seeing results and want to take things to the next level. You have also determined that you have what it takes to compete with the other athletes that will show up.

How will you choose the best board short that will present your best image to the contest judges? How to develop a smooth, confident posing style for the stage? This article will help you find the answers you need to ace your first contest.

The brands of stage shorts that are mentioned in this post:

Mens Physique Board Shorts Rules

The IFBB created the Mens Physique Division on November 11, 2012.

As explained in another post, there are no weight categories in mens physique.

For example, at the 2020 Mr. Olympia, there was a competitor, Kim Min Su (height-6 feet 2 inches (1.87 meters) and weight-249 pounds (113 kilograms)).

There are numerous federations to consider. I have listed the rules for mens physique stage shorts for a few federations.

FederationMens Physique Board Shorts Rules (as of August 23, 2020)
IFBB1. Competitors will wear an opaque, loose-fitting board shorts which are clean and decent. The colour and fabric of the shorts will be left to the competitor’s discretion.   Shorts may have geometric patterns and motives, but no inscriptions and cambered ornamentation. The shorts will cover the whole upper leg, down the upper point of the knee (patella). The use of padding anywhere in the trunks is prohibited.  
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.  
3. Personal sponsors logos are not permitted on the shorts; however a manufacturer’s logo such is accepted.
NPCContestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.)
UKBFFThe attire for all rounds is board shorts, which must conform to the following criteria:
1. Material and colour can be of the athlete’s personal choice.
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.
3. Board shorts should not cover the knees.
4. Personal Sponsors logos are not permitted on the board shorts. However a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike, Adidas or Billabong are accepted.
CPAPosing Shorts: Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts .  Shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button.   No spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.  
OCBBoard shorts (loose shorts that come down to around the knee) are worn for both parts.   Shorts can be of any color and pattern.

Based on the rules of the various federations noted above, the expectation for competition board shorts is essentially the same. The IFBB does not allow cambered ornamentation.

In practice, mens physique contest athletes wear the shorts at the hips rather than one inch below the belly button. In addition, some of the board shorts have some spandex material (Darc Sport, Bro Activewear, Mens Physique Board Shorts, and Alphalete).

Why Board Shorts?

The Board Shorts

Board shorts was created for surfing, but the style and fabric of the shorts have evolved. For more about the board shorts, you can read a blog post on the Old Bull Shorts webpage.

The board short does not come with a liner and fits on the hips.

Board shorts come from big brands (Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong) that come from surfing. You need wide legs to make it easy to move on the surfboard. However, mens physique competitors are focused on physique display on a stationary stage. Some brands have made alterations to the board short focused on that competition goal (for example, coloring, tapered leg).

Mens Physique Board Shorts Style

According to a YouTuber, Hart’s Physique Channel, some of the mens physique board shorts are tapered to show the outline of well-trained thighs. This is a recent development as board shorts are made for surfing and thus have a wider leg opening.

Best Board Shorts for Mens Physique

Live Fit Brand

Live Fit brand is based in California, United States. The founder, CEO, and designer is Randall Pich. (He created a video on how to create a muscle tank from an old t-shirt.)

On December 25, 2020, the brand released a new mens physique contest stage short (signature pro series (maroon and teal), which feature a signature from IFBB Pro Anthony Woods). The price of the shorts is 60 U.S. Dollars.

Narcizo

Narcizo is a brand based in Hungary. The brand’s goal, as described on its website, is to create stage (board) shorts that suit the goals of physique competition. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The offers two styles—unicolor and patterned. The price of unicolor shorts is 69 euros. For the patterned shorts, the price is 89 euros.

Mens Physique Show Shorts

The Mens Physique Show Shorts brand is based in the United Kingdom.

According to its website, the focus of the brand’s board shorts is to have the right fit and colors (the brand used a horizontal stripe pattern) to make the result of the contestant’s hard work—his physique—stand out to the judges.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The price (on the day of the post) is 39.99 Great Britain pounds.

Fitness model Tom Seed wears Mens Physique Show Shorts (precontest posing, 2019)
BroActiveWear

BroActiveWear is a brand based in the United States. The brand states that it creates distinctive styles in its clothing. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is small (28-30), medium (30-32), and large (32-34). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 100 U.S. dollars.

Alphalete

Alphalete is a brand owned by Christian Guzman, and the brand is based in the United States. The brand started its board shorts offering (Titan) on September 12, 2020.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts has the widest range of waist sizes (28-40). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 55 U.S. dollars.

Growing Importance of Leg Day for Mens Physique

I mentioned that there is interest in having the mens physique board shorts be more tapered to show some evidence of thigh development (with the muscle filling the leg of the board shorts).

For example, Kim Angel, a mens physique pro competitor from Spain has notable thigh development. He is a skilled weight trainer, who is able to keep up in an intense leg training session with Canadian pro bodybuilder Regan Grimes.

Perspective of a Mens Physique Competitor

Dylan Felgueiras

A mens physique competitor from Canada, Dylan Felgueiras, provided his observations to help new contest participants.

Although some of the advice was meant for guys with some contest experience, Dylan provides a perspective that is helpful for newbies.

Mens Physique Posing

The purpose of the Mens Physique Division was to showcase less muscular yet aesthetic physiques. What that has meant is the development of the upper-body muscles, especially abs, and a v-taper–slim waist and wide shoulders. As a result, the low waist of the board shorts helps to display the athlete’s contest conditioning of the abdomen. A muscle group on the sides of the torso, the external obliques, also becomes prominent with training and at lower body-fat levels (the so-called v-line) and emphasizes a v-tapered look.

Posing in Mens Physique Compared with Bodybuilding

In bodybuilding, several poses display the muscularity of various muscle groups. For example, the double-biceps pose.

In mens physique, the total physique is assessed. The IFBB rules that the judges will ask the competitors to make four quarter turns (IFBB rules (2019), mens physique, article 5, paragraph 4).

Author’s note: See related information in a blog post about a Canadian mens physique competitor, Kyle Hynick, which discusses in part the distinction between mens physique and bodybuilding.


Muscle Size and Mens Physique

In 2021, Ryan Terry, married and a father, assesses his experience at the 2020 Olympia (eighth place).

Ryan acknowledged the role that muscle size is playing within mens physique. (Read the comments on the video.)

Mens physique pro Andrei Dieu took fifth place at the 2020 Mr. Olympia.

Ryan Terry coaches Elton Pinto Mota in mens physique stage posing.

(Both Ryan and Elton are now professionals in mens physique.)

2020 Mr. Olympia Men’s Physique Top Five

  • Winner — Brandon Hendrickson, $35,000
  • Second Place — Raymont Edmonds, $12,000
  • Third Place — Kyron Holden, $8,000
  • Fourth Place — Jeremy Potvin, $4,000
  • Fifth Place — Andrei Lincan, $2,000

Source: BarBend.

Ryan Terry at the Mr. Olympia, 2016.

Conclusion

There are many steps in the journey toward your first competition. Participation is the best teacher. You will learn how you handle pressure while maintaining focus to achieve the goals that you want. I hope that this article just a couple of topics—board shorts and posing—helps you with your contest preparation path.

Any successes and teachable moments that you learned during contest preparation, contest, and post-contest, please share them by email or in the comments section.

Men’s Lounge Shorts: Review of Garcon Francais Pajama Shorts with Pockets

Men’s Lounge Shorts: Review of Garcon Francais Pajama Shorts with Pockets

Introduction: Lounge Shorts and Finding Garcon Francais

With the challenges of the year 2020, guys are looking for comfortable clothing to wear while working from home as well as to relax and run their errands. One item that has proven to be popular are shorts in the lounge category. These shorts are alternatively called pajama shorts. However, those with pockets and with the proper design can be worn outside of the house.

French Brand Garcon Francais and Killian Belliard, Fitness Influencer

While researching another blog topic, I found the lounge shorts by Garcon Francais, a brand that has its clothing made completely in France. However, the brand does sell to people outside of France (the website has versions in English and Spanish also currency is available in Great Britain pounds and U.S. dollars).

I knew of Garcon Francais brand from Instagram from Killian Belliard, a model and fitness influencer. Garcon Francais posted some photographs of Killian in Garcon Francais lounge shorts on the brand’s Instagram profile. (Photographer: Pascalpprl.)

Garcon Francais social media: Website | Instagram |

The Piyama (or Lounge) Short

At the Garcon Francais website, the brand places the lounge short in its men’s homewear category. Garcon Francais has a price point that is toward the high end (49.17 Euros or approximately 57.87 US dollars). According to the product description, the lounge shorts are designed for a guy to feel comfortable to relax in during the evenings. The fabric composition is 93 percent cotton and 7 percent Elastane. The short colors available are red, dark blue, and grey. (The waistband is in a contrasting color.)

My favorite color is blue, but I also like to boldness of what I call fire-engine red. While the price was toward the high end, I liked the pockets, the tapered fit of the legs, as well as the overall refined yet casual appearance of the shorts.

Comparison with Box Menswear and Nice Laundry

Previously, I have done a blog post on a lounge (bed) short from Box Menswear (no longer available), which did not have pockets and they have a wider fit. Another lounge short that I reviewed was from Nice Laundry. The Nice Laundry shorts are similar in appearance to the Champion men’s gym shorts that were popular when I was in school, except the Nice Laundry shorts have an underwear-like liner, have a shorter inseam, and have a tapered leg.


Decision Made: Buying the Lounge Short

I selected the dark blue shorts, called the “flag short pyjama bottom,” and a pair of the navy boxers (not reviewed here). The sizing in European sizes tends to be a bit smaller than US sizes. So, it was wonderful that Garcon Francais provides a convenient link to its size chart. My size was available as XXL (36-inch waist). The largest size available is XXXL (38-inch waist).

I figured that since the shipping cost to the United States was 20 Euros (approximately 23.60 US dollars), I should have an order big enough to justify the shipping fee.

With my selection in the shopping cart, I paid using a credit card. Everything went smoothly. The package arrived at my house through the U.S. Postal Service about 4 days later. (I wish there was a tracking option available so that I can see where the package is.)

Garcon Francais social media: Website | Instagram |

Packaging

The order arrived in a brown padded envelope. Inside there was a blue paper folder with a red elastic band with the invoice. The clothes were neatly folded inside with a card showing where parts of the clothing were sourced in France and care instructions. I commend the brand for the efficient use of resources in lower use of packaging materials.

Quality

With the price point, I expected very high quality and I was not disappointed. Neat stitching and soft fabric (just as described on the website).

Fit

I like the relatively slim fit of the shorts and the length looks and feels right. I am happy that the sizing information was accurate.

Conclusion

I am very happy with my order. The refined, casual styling and fit ensures that I will be enjoying wearing the shorts for a long time. I likely will return for the red shorts.

I hope that this review has been helpful to you.

If you have found that lounge shorts are a favorite of yours, enter a comment with the brand and style below. If you have a favorite outfit for your leisure time, inform us also in the comments.