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Men’s sleeveless T shirt’s are the go to top for men looking to show off their bulging biceps, invented for the athletic physique, but there's more to the style than just a big ego, read on to discover the brains behind the braun.

Mens Sleeveless T-Shirts

Why go Sleeveless?


Obviously, the lack of sleeves allows your skin to breathe where it needs it most, exposing your armpits and also reducing the risk of sweat patches.

Freedom of Movement

A sleeveless T shirt allows for complete freedom of movement around the shoulder joint. Your shoulder offers the greatest range of motion, so it can be really beneficial to not have any restrictions caused by material.


As they have the least material, sleeveless T shirts provide the most lightweight protection which is why you will often see athletes who need to remain as light as possible for their sports performance wearing a sleeveless t shirt, such as a Triathlete.


Ever heard if you’ve got it flaunt it? Of course you have, and the sleeveless T shirt is the perfect example of that. Sleeveless T shirts flatter an athletic physique and show off the body you’ve worked so hard for, pulling off a sleeveless gym T shirt, is a symbol of success.

Whilst these are great reasons to ditch your sleeves, this doesn’t mean you should be rushing off to cut all the sleeves off your T shirts. The raw seams could fray and lead to chafing, sleeveless t shirts are crafted to not rub the sensitive skin under your armpits and have a relaxed fit around the armpit to allow your skin to breathe where it needs it most.

Did you know: Sleeveless T Shirts are commonly known as ‘Shooter Shirts’ in Southern USA.

Sleeveless T-Shirt for the Gym

Types of Sleeveless Shirt

Typically sleeveless tops come in two types, compression tight tops or muscle fit vests, each with their own purpose.


Compression shirts are tight spandex clothing generally worn as a base layer under outer athletic apparel. These types of shirts offer support while keeping the muscles warm, making them less become susceptible to cramps and strains. Compression sports apparel also helps to prevent chafing by providing a slick layer near the underarms. Although not necessary for a workout, compression shirts can increase comfort throughout exercise.


V - tapered workout shirts are designed with the bodybuilder, weightlifter, and professional athlete in mind. These shirts offer a deep V-tapered cut and are made of cotton with a mix of other synthetic blends. The shirt offers sections of porous, jersey-like weaves that allows increased airflow in areas with high perspiration, such as the underarms. This workout apparel is constructed to maximize a man's physique by highlighting their back and shoulder muscles, while minimizing their waistline.

Sleeveless T-Shirt for Working Out

Sleeveless Do’s and Don’t

Don’t: Do sleeveless and mesh, ever. It may be cooling, but you will look ridiculous.

Do: Wear Sleeveless Compression Shirts under your gymwear. This can help with thermoregulation, keeping you cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Do: Balance a sleeveless top with the right bottoms. Longer shorts or tights balance out the extra flash of flesh up top.

Don’t: Do a sleeveless shirt and bling, unless you are a famous rapper, in which case we let you off.

Why Go Sleeveless

Men's Sleeveless Workout Shirt Sizing

When buying workout shirts, it is important to consider size. Men's activewear shirts should be in a comfortable fit and when it comes to sleeveless you need to make sure you’re buying the right size to flatter your physique. Men can use the chart below to determine the correct size for their body type.

Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large
Chest 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47" 47-50"
Waist 28.75-31.25" 31.25-33.75" 33.75-36.25" 36.25-38.75" 38.75-41.25"
Hips 35.75-38.25" 38.25-40.75" 40.75-43.25" 43.25-45.75" 45.75-48.25"
Height 5'7"-5'9" 5'9"-5'11" 5'11"-6'1" 6'1"-6'3" 6'3"-6'5"

Sleeveless Gym T shirt Materials

Fabric Features
Cotton Whilst cotton may survive low - moderate intensity exercise, once you crank the anti up, cotton no longer becomes soft on the skin but soggy and can leave an athlete soaked after a heavy workout.
Polyester Polyester is the most popular choice because it is breathable, lightweight and dries quickly. It can however become frustratingly static.
Nylon Nylon has similar features to polyester. It is both lightweight and strong. Nylon does not absorb much moisture, it is also fast-drying and easy to maintain.
Spandex Spandex has the ability to stretch up to 500 percent of its original size and then recover its original shape. This material is also lightweight, making it ideal for fitness wear. One common form of spandex that is often seen in fitness wear is Lycra, which is a synthetic elastic fabric. Lycra is comfortable and breathable as well as quick-drying and resistant to bacteria, ultraviolet rays, and chlorine. This fabric also eliminates static cling and pilling.

Remember to always find gymwear that makes you feel as well as look good, if you feel good, you’ll get more from your workouts.

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