3x ADCC world champion Gordon Ryan was a guest on the Joe Rogan Podcast where he talked about a vast array of topics including his imminent transition to MMA.
He also talked about why his instructor John Danaher always wears rash guards everywhere he goes.
As a BJJ mastermind, it shouldn’t be strange seeing Danaher in the classic no-gi attire, a rash guard. However his reasons are shocking, practical, and newsworthy. For those of you that don’t know what a rash guard is, they are a compression style fitness attire usually made out of a blend of polyester, lycra, and spandex. Spats are the same material and style except they are for your lower body.
If a genius like John Danaher thinks this way maybe you should too. Get a head start on the most practical and comfortable trend today!
“When it comes to comfort and utility and low maintenance, I have never seen an attire that can beat trackpants, sneakers, rash guard and fanny pack. If i find something more comfortable in the future, I will switch to that. ” – John Danaher
1. “They are comfortable”
Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of compression, learn to give it a try. It is more comfortable than you’d expect and it acts as more than just fitness attire. The fabric is unique and it stretches to match any body type, create a personalized feel. Like a liquid forming itself to match the container, the rash guard forms itself to the user.
2. “Easily Washable and Quickly Dried”
Have you ever ran out of clean clothes and scrambled to come together with an outfit? Well with a closet full of rash guards, you’d never have to worry about that. Even if a rash guard was dirty it is simple to wash and dries quickly due to it’s moisture wicking effects. Even if you weren’t an athlete, having these around could be a real game changer.
3. “They are extremely Low Maintenance”
Rash guards are specifically designed to be light weight, allowing users to perform at their full potential. This function is not only great for just the mats however. This makes travelling and packing go from a chore to a pleasant and easy experience. It’s simple and does not require a lot of planning when choosing your outfit, saving you time and effort.
4. “Low Friction”
Finding the right clothing to wear under a jacket is a challenge and an inconvenience. Some high friction material becomes very uncomfortable when worn under other high friction materials from a jacket. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something smooth and comfortable underneath to avoid this problem? Well with rash guards you wouldn’t have to deal with this problem again. Wearing multiple layers is a tactic used by many to avoid frostbite and seasonal sickness. The compression design fits comfortable around your body allowing for a practical use of multiple layers instead of wearing baggy clothing on top of baggy clothing.
5. “They enable me to comfortably demonstrate a technique in impromtu social situations to students”
Okay so maybe you aren’t going to be asked how to do mind bending techniques on a regular basis like John Danaher does, but if he feels like that is the best attire to teach in, maybe there is something to it. Have you ever wanted to do a physical activity but your outfit limits it? How many times have you ripped clothing or simple sat out when an opportunity to be active occurs. Having a rash gaurd on will never limit you from spontaneously moving and living an active lifestyle. Being healthy is also associated with an active lifestyle and other clothing limits this natural ability.
6. “They are warm in cold weather, yet cooling in hot summers due to wicking effects”
Imagine if there was an article of clothing that is practical for any temperature and season. With a set of rash guards, you will not only have fitness apparel but clothing for every month of the year. Stay warm or stay cool, either way it’s a great reason to wear rash guards. But what if there’s a rainstorm, there’s no way it can protect against that as well? However, to my surprise it does due to it’s water wicking effects it dries very fast. John Danaher explains, “If caught in a rainstorm, they will dry in minutes even while being worn.”