Wow! Undershirts That Make You Look More Muscular

The other day, during my normal morning ritual of going through emails from readers and scouring the internet for new undershirt news, I came across the following ad on craigslist.


New Men’s Shapewear Undershirts are worn as your undershirt / T-Shirt but have additional material (about 1/4″ thick) in the upper body areas, giving the appearance of a more muscular upper body.

The extra material is on the inside of the t-shirt- over the shoulders, upper arms, and across the upper back-Lats (which also improve the appearance of your posture). When worn as the undershirt with a regular shirt over it- there’s an improvement to the size of the upper body areas but is subtle enough to not be noticed as anything like extra padding or shoulder pads, etc.

Greg Cross’ Muscular Shapewear Undershirt – Click to Zoom

And the difference isn’t so much that you would look dramatically different when you take your shirt off with someone (which of course is our goal, right!). You’ll look better when you’re wearing the Shapewear shirt as when you’re well dressed, but not like a different person when you take it off.

And as women do when they wear the vast amount of shapewear undergarments currently available to them, and worn by most women. Stroll through the ladies underwear section of a department store and almost every item is not just underwear but also enhances the female figure.

Most bras- pad, fluff, lift, shape, etc., waist slimmers (girdles) have made a huge comeback, and there are even one piece undergarments that cover and reshape almost the entire body. So now it’s mens turn.


Sweat Proof Undershirts

Instead of spending countless hours struggling with weights in the gym, spending hundreds of $ on bodybuilding supplement (then finding out you’ve gained 5lbs of water weight that goes away as soon as you take a week off), do what I do and most men soon will be doing – get the t-shirt, once you do- you’ll never want to leave home without one on.

Another benefit is the added confidence and influence at work and elsewhere gained by looking a little more muscular (why should the guys born with the good genes have all the fun- right?). Available in M, L, and XL. $59 each or $55 each for multiple purchases.

Undershirts That Make You Look More Muscular?

Well, color me curious –  An undershirt that makes you look more muscular? What a nifty idea. I’ve gotta send this guy an email to learn more and hope he gets back to me. And he did. Here’s his response:

Hi Tug,

Thank you for your interest in my Men’s Shapewear Undershirt.

I started making them for myself several years ago. I became tired of spending hours each week lifting weights with almost no results, but like most men, I wanted to look more muscular and attractive.

More attractive to women, and more muscular to appeal to women but also to feel more confident around all other people anywhere. The undershirts were a simple and very effective solution. Now I would feel tiny leaving the house without one on, and never do – unless I’m going out with only an outerwear t-shirt on.

They can be worn with a outerwear t-shirt over them but as with any underwear t-shirt, it can generally be seen that you’re wearing two t-shirts and if the outer t-shirt is very tight – that’s the only time there might be a little too much of a “puffy” look from the extra material. But when worn under any button up shirt, it’s not noticeable at all as extra material.

A guy just looks a little broader in the shoulders, upper back (which also improves the look of the posture), and in the front shoulder area (or the entire chest with my version that has a strip of the extra material going across the chest area).

I can’t imagine why any single guy in the 18 to 35 year old age group wouldn’t wear these undershirts instead of a regular one. Some might be concerned about being found out, but the change is not so dramatic that anyone would know something’s up when the cloths are removed.

Greg Cross’ Muscular Shapewear Undershirt – Click to Zoom


I’ve been producing them using a regular Hanes underwear t-shirt with the extra material (which I think is a cotton blend, and is soft and comfortable) being about 1/3 of an inch thick and wrapping around the front, outer, and top of the shoulder and around the upper back (where it’s about 4″ tall).

And the second version has material over the upper chest area. As the weather’s become warmer, I’ve had my seamstress add more breathing holes for airflow. My current ones have about a dozen holes about the size of a dime spread out in the padding material for airflow. However in some areas [climates] where it gets extremely hot, they might not be comfortable to wear during the daytime.

Pictures are somewhat difficult because the t-shirts are all plain white Hanes undershirts and the padding material is the same white, so pictures just look like a picture of a white t-shirt. I’ve attached a couple of pictures in which I’ve placed a black line wear the padding material is.

I’ll also send a 2nd email after this one with a picture of one where you might be able to see the material stitched on to the t-shirt (and in this one you might see a few of the holes for airflow when there were only 3 holes). It’s been surprising how difficult these t-shirts have been to explain, the few people (licensing agents) I’ve talked to have had very little idea what I’m talking about even after what I’ve thought was a detailed explanation.

For as simple as it is, it seems to be a completely new concept to most. But as I mentioned in the craigslist ad, if anybody walks through any ladies underwear department in a department store, you can easily see how huge shapewear underwear is (it’s just completely unavailable to men).

I completed the provisional patent submission last December. My initial intent was to seek a licensee and work out a royalty deal. I thought once the application process was completed I would simply go show it to some of the big clothing makers and off we’d go.

I then proceeded to spend the next two weeks just trying to find a direct phone number or email of anyone who makes decisions in a new product development department, or new merchandise buyer – and ended up not being able to reach one single person to even show them to. Then I contacted a few licensing agents, but most of them are looking for high technology and software type things.

Once a “t-shirt invention” is mentioned, they start thinking about what they’re going to have for dinner. I’ve been hoping to find some time to look for some small local retailer to carry them, but have had a very busy several months with other business. I’m also hoping to set up a web site soon.

I’ve sold several from the craigslist ad so far but am anxious to do more.

[Also, the sizes I’ve made and currently have available are M, L, and XL. And can have smalls made as needed.]

If you have contacts in the apparel industry, perhaps you could be the licensing agent, or there might be some other way we can partner up. In any event, any publicity you can help with would certainly be appreciated.


Greg Cross

A Padded Undershirt — Interesting

So this is pretty cool. In principle, his undershirts do for men what padded or push-up bras do for women – make us look bigger than we really are. Seriously, if some companies can make a men’s undershirt that make you appear slimmer, and others produce underwear, briefs, boxer briefs that can make your package look bigger and your butt look plumper, why not an undershirt that makes you look more muscular?

Granted, I think the current undershirt design and manufacturing needs to be more professionally “finished” to gain mass market appeal, but the concept surely has merit.

While the idea of this type of padded men’s undershirt might not appeal to everyone, I love the fact that Greg is trying to innovate. He had a need, couldn’t find any undershirt product that met that need, so he decided to create it.

This is exactly how many other successful undergarment (male and female) started. Anyone ever read the story of how Sara Blakely created Spanx or how Heather Thomson created the Yummie Tummie?

Yep, that’s right – they’re doing pretty well right now, aren’t they?

Greg has graciously offered to send me one of his padded muscular undershirts to try out. If you’re are a licensing agent or buyer, in the apparel industry and interested in talking with Greg, or are simply interested in buying one of his custom made padded muscle undershirts, here’s how you can contact him:

Greg Cross
email: [email protected]

Tell him you found out about him though!


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10 thoughts on “Wow! Undershirts That Make You Look More Muscular”

  1. Its too bad these shirts are not available. I am sure a lot of guys would be interested. I actually came up with a similar shirt years ago for myself. While I am in good shape I am not muscular and look very unimpressive in most shirts. I started with foam shoulder pads under a tight undershirt. I kept adding to my “physique” with chest pads, bicep padding. While it improved my build and looked natural, it tended to move around a bit. I then sewed it all together between two undershirts with batting to smooth it out and bingo,the instant physique. I could put on my “muscles” in 5 seconds.
    Unlike the more modest shirt mentioned here, my upper body did change quite noticeably when my sweater came off.

      • Unfortunately I have no photo of just the shirt. Just me wearing it under a tight sweater. Wish I had taken one!

  2. Hey,

    I’m also interested in acquiring these type of undershirts. I have a problem with my shoulders being very narrow. I can only find shirts that fit everywhere except in the shoulders where the seam always hangs below my shoulders which looks bad. It’s not even to really look more muscular but just to have the clothes fit well (a more muscular look is just a bonus :P )

    • hey alex, wish i could be more help. the guy that made these undershirts (greg cross) hasn’t responded to any of my inquiries. i also found him on facebook – he’s offering some cat-house products – maybe you can find him there too and try to contact him.

      otherwise, you might think about talking to your local seamstress and showing her/he some of the pictures i have here on the shirt to see if they can reproduce.

      another idea would be to purchase some women’s shoulder pads from amazon and use those.

      alternatively, you could go to a salvation army, or clothes resale shop. find some ladies tops or jackets that have those shoulder pads in them, buy them, tear out the pad, and give them to the seamstress.

      good luck. let me know what you wind up doing.

  3. Comments on Greg Cross pump you up t-shirts. I have been wanting an item such as Greg Cross has invented all my life. I now am 74 years of age but still care how I look and have always been disappointed in my narrow shoulders. Most of my friends (older and younger) don’t agree with me, but I have worked out a large portion of my life and can obtain muscle in my bicep, tricep and chest area, but the shoulders (a whole different story. I plan on emailing Greg and will attempt to purchase one of his t-shirts. Age means nothng to me, I still have that want so to speak to look good in the shoulders. I have done well controlling my weight. I do not look my age for many reasons and my wife says she sees nothing wrong with my general appearance. I feel extremely confident in a suit (because of the wider shoulder look) and everyone I come in contact with seem to agree. Your article is most appreciated. I only wish I knew someone that could help Greg Cross in his efforts to produce such a useful product in men’s fashion and yet provides a broader shoulder look that I am looking for. I have gone as far to contact a personal friend who will customize a shirt or shirts for me pacing an emphasis on the shoulders. However, the cost was far to great and completely out of my price range. I am retired but very active in my local community and in the political arena.
    Please accept my sincere thanks for printing your news story. I hope this will be beneficial to me and all others who share my feelings and shoulder situation. Price is obviously important to me (being on a fixed income) but an improved look and appearance is also a plus. I think this shirt puts an emphasis in the right area. Thanks H.T. Powell

    • hey h.t.! good to hear from you buddy.

      thanks so much for stopping by and posting your comments/thoughts.

      so you know, i haven’t heard from greg cross in while, so i couldn’t tell you whether or not he’s still making these undershirts. i wrote this article back in 2009, and although greg and i have exchanged a couple emails since then, i haven’t heard from him in about a year.

      if you do hear back from greg, and you do wind up getting one of his undershirts, please stop back by and let us know what you think!

      • Will do Tug, as of yet it seems Greg is unavailable for any communication. I’ll keep trying. Please let me know of any one who will or has produced a product similiar to Gregs regardless of the color and or other intended purpose. As always your help is very much appreciated.
        Hank P.

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