Avoiding injury is vital to make it through triathlon season successfully. One way to help out your tired body is through veino-muscular compression technology - essentially a tight sleeve that increases efficient venous feedback from your feet to your heart, reducing the accumulation of toxins while increasing oxygenation to the muscles. This increased flow is said to improve lactic acid clearance, which helps you recover much more quickly and reduces muscle fatigue to help you train harder for longer. Equmen is especially great for this as their compression system reduces the shockwaves produced when your foot hits the ground.

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Does my tum look big in this? The control girdle for men that streamlines beer belly and love handles View Article Source

Does my tum look big in this? The control girdle for men that streamlines beer belly and love handles

For years it has been the secret weapon of women struggling to lose a dress size overnight.

Control underwear has proved so successful that global sales of one brand alone reached £ 250million last year.

Now the body-hugging underwear has had a make-over of its own, and has been repackaged for men.

Upmarket department store Selfridges will next month begin stocking a 'Core Precision Undershirt' for men, it revealed today.

The vests - already dubbed a 'girdle for men' - promise to do for men's expanding stomachs and chests what control pants have done for the female derriere.

The £ 49 vests are made from polyester, spandex and nylon to 'visibly streamline' the male body, beer belly and all.

They are designed to give men a leaner silhouette under a slim-line suit, or even to help correct poor posture.

David Walker Smith, Selfridges' director of menswear, said: 'With fashion becoming slimmer and male figures becoming fuller, control undergarments are an ideal way of allowing men to carry on enjoying a six pack, without losing their own.'

The vests and T-shirts, made by Australian manufacturer Equmen, are already on sale in the U.S. and Australia, and have been launched here this year as statistics show that British men are more likely to be overweight than women.

One in four men are currently overweight in the UK, compared to one in three women, and the numbers have risen steadily over the last 20 years.

The new control underwear has already won support from former England footballer Les Ferdinand, who described the undershirt as 'a pretty miraculous product'.

A Selfridges spokeswoman said the store was hoping its male customers were ready for the idea of control underwear.

She said: 'It's a very tight-fitting T-shirt, so it's not like we're asking men to wear a bra. It's quite inoffensive.

'We've never stocked male control-wear before, so it will be a test. It may be that women will buy them for men, until men become more familiar with it.

'Where women ask "Does my bum look big in this?", men will wonder "Does my tum look big in this?", and that's wear the Equmen products come in.'

Designs for control pants for men are currently being developed, and are already available from some other brands.

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