What is a Pump Cover?
A pump cover is a heavyweight and/or oversized shirt that helps you warm up quicker when working out. As you start to warm up in your reps, you’ll start to see that your muscles may begin to look bigger than usual due to a boost of flowing fluids like lactic acid or blood to your muscles.
Pump Cover Shirt
A pump cover shirt isn't necessarily supposed to be worn throughout the entirety of your work out. These shirts are oversized gym shirts worn over athletic gear to increase sweating and calorie burn during workouts.
It is sometimes used in places called "pump cover gyms" to create a hot atmosphere, causing people to sweat more and release toxins. The original meaning/purpose of a pump cover is to protect outdoor water pumps from harsh weather and damage, but it has been adapted for use in the gym. Pump covers are typically made of breathable fabrics and come in various styles, with some brands offering customizable options.
Pump Cover Hoodie
During warm-up and first sets, athletes usually wear pump cover shirts over their stringers, vests, or sports bras. On the other hand, pump cover hoodies are oversized hoodies that can either be worn over athletic gear or as a separate piece of clothing.
A pump cover hoodie can achieve the same results as a shirt, depending on the season or climate you are in. In the summer, it may be too hot to try a sweatshirt when warming up, however, in winter months, a pump cover hoodie can help you boost the flow of fluids in your muscles faster than an oversized, heavyweight shirt can.
How to Choose the Right Pump Cover for Your Workout
When choosing a pump cover, there are a few things to consider. First, you want to make sure that the pump cover is the right size for you. It should be tight enough to provide a compressive effect, but not so tight that it restricts your movement or causes discomfort. You also want to look for a pump cover that is made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, as this will help to keep you cool and dry during your workout.
Another important factor to consider is the style of the pump cover. Some pump covers have long sleeves, while others have short sleeves or no sleeves at all. Some have hoods or zippers, while others are simple and straightforward. The style you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the type of workout you will be doing. For example, if you are doing a lot of upper body work, you may want a pump cover with long sleeves to keep your arms warm and protected. If you are doing a lot of cardio, you may want a sleeveless pump cover to keep you cool and comfortable.
Ultimately, the key is to choose a pump cover that feels comfortable and supportive, and that allows you to move freely and confidently during your workout.
The Best Pump Covers for the Gym
If you're a football fan, check out some of our other pump covers we have with our designers.
We have pump covers that dub as dirty t-shirts that feature players like John Johnson (JJ3) of the Las Vegas Raiders, DJ Moore of the North Carolina Panthers, or former New York Jets RB Ty Johnson.