Are you doing sport ? Whatever sport, running, tennis, gym, biking, … ?
But, after your sessions, you feel achy, achy in the butts, achy in the legs, achy in the arms, … basically in pain and wondering if sport is that good for you?
Stop aching and stiff, start compressing!
Let me walk you through compression clothes.
I’m not talking about contention (the socks granny is wearing that don’t look too cool), I’m taking about the line of accessories and clothes designed for athletes or regular you and me that will help feel and perform better in the practice of our sport.
What is compression and what does it bring new to the plate ?
Compression is a knitting technique that aims to stimulate blood circulation in the limbs and also keep the muscles in their natural position to optimize their activity. The muscles will perform better thanks to a better oxygenation and force oxygenation production thanks to the compression.
This will reduce fatigue build-up during your work session and help you to recover faster when you keep it on after practice.
In short: you will train harder for longer and recover faster as well as look sporty.
Which model for what ? I tried the whole range
. the compression socks,
. the compression calf sleeves,
. the crop,
. the tights,
. and also the short
Either you wear them instead of you regular track suits and shorts or you hide them under your sport or casual clothes.
During the practice of your sport you will feel better because all the muscles stay in their spot.
The material used is
. long lasting,
. breathable, moisture management wicking,
. enhanced body temperature optimisation,
. UPF protected,
. easy to wash
. and will dry fast
While standing for hours and walking around for hours during my day job, I love to wear the short and the sleeves under my casual clothes (nobody sees anything) and when I come back home: no pain, all the gain …
What are the brands on the market: Skins, 2XU, Under Armour, …
The pioneer in this market is the Australian brand Skins and it’s my favorite brand.
When I do my workout session at the gym (running, biking, lifting and core), I love wearing my short and my Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX or my A400 crop. I also love wearing my SKINS A400 Compression socks under my jeans.
My SKINS A400 Compression Run socks, really comfortable to wear daily under the jeans for us (the urban athletes) but it works perfectly with my shorts while running.
. They are made with high-quality yarns (ensuring a controlled compression and advanced durability)
. The feet are dry thanks to the anti moisture management
. Soft cushioning to absorb shock and enhance comfort
. Super smooth and flat toe seams so no blisters guaranteed
. Anatomical left and right socks to increase your confirm and mine too
My Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX, I like to combine those with thin socks (depending on which shoes I’m wearing).
I don’t run without those!
. It’s great to support my calf muscles sloshing from the impacts while running on a rock-solid base
. The compression reduces risk of injury by supporting my calf muscles and brings more oxygen and improves the muscular pump (it also helps cleaning the metabolites wastes due to the physical activity) to run faster and longer without being tired
. Right and left legs to insure the perfect fit
Now, I can focus on the road!
My A400 crop pants, it’s great to run and exercise. I love the paneling that support my tights, buttocks and abs. The textile is thin and light and the control of temperature is great. Unlike my all wet cotton t-shirt, my crop was dry thanks to its temperature management and breath-ability.
How to chose the right size ?
Check Skins.net and pick the product you like and they will explain you how to find out your size.
I did it and it works! The products compress but you shouldn’t feel any discomfort (each brand manufacturer explains how to find your sizes).
PS: have a look at my Travel Recovery Pants by Skins (perfect when you have to travel more than 3 hours stuck in a seat on a plane, train or car) that will help you fight jet lag and feel better during your journey.
To sum it up, I love my compression products.
I use them for workouts and I feel great
. during the sessions (no more calves pain, cramps, …)
. and after because ache and stiffness disappeared.
I’m also using them under my work clothes while standing up or working outside and walking from 10km/6,2mi to 18km/11,2mi a day).
More infos on
. Official Skins website
. Follow @skins_USA
. Like Skins Facebook page
PS: What is contention?
It’s new technique of conception with a new knitting that follows the muscular fibbers in order to supposedly increase the muscular power. The name contention will be more appropriate for this kind of stuff because it is supposed to have a positive effect on movement.
Special thanks to Dani, @ChuckV and @JBFabre for their help writing this review