WHAT IS COMPRESSION GEAR?
Similar to spandex, compression gear is made up of a stretchy material that forms to your body and produces compression (pressure) in your body.
1. REDUCED MUSCLE FATIGUE
Purchasing compression gear, and wearing them during workouts, helps improve athletic performance by reducing fatigue. UPMC Health Beat says that wearing compression gear helps reduce muscle soreness and fatigue during and after workouts.
2. STRAIN PREVENTION
Compression gear also help reduce your risk for strains. Additionally, Healthline says compression garments even aids in strain recovery. So if you're prone to this type of sports-related injury, compression gear may be a good fit for you.
3. A LOWER RISK OF MUSCLE SORENESS
Sore muscles after training sessions can be common. Compression gear is a good option to reduce your risk for delayed onset muscle soreness. According to Men's Health Magazine, compression gear worn during heavy exercise reduces this type of soreness. So give it a try -- run, bike, lift weights, or play sports with compression gear and see if you notice a difference.
4. IMPROVED PERCEIVED EXERTION (RPE)
When you're training for extreme sports or endurance races, it's beneficial to have lower perceived exertion (a more effortless workout). Doing so can make training sessions more bearable, and can improve athletic performance. A 2016 study published in Sports Medicine found that compression garments like tights, shorts and socks improved perceived exertion in endurance runners.
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5. INCREASED POWER & BETTER JUMPING ABILITY
Compression tights may help improve jumping performance in athletes after endurance events. According to Runner's World, compression gear makes it easier to regain maximum jumping ability post-workout, which is a bonus when you're looking to get back into it after an intense workout.
6. BETTER MUSCLE OXYGENATION
Your muscles need oxygen to function properly during workouts. Compression garments are designed to increase the amount of oxygen that they receive, according to a publication by Research Gate. Compression are designed to promote blood flow and improve oxygenation of muscle tissue, which can enhance athletic performance during short bouts of exercise.
Compression shorts cause less chafing and friction than more traditional athletic shorts, plus they won't ride up when you're running, squatting, doing sit-ups, or stretching, among other activities.
8. IMPROVED STRENGTH RECOVERY
Even when you're lifting weights (or participating in other forms of strength-training workouts), compression gear provides you with performance and muscle recovery benefits. A 2014 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that compression garments promote muscle strength recovery after bouts of resistance training.
9. BETTER RECOVERY AFTER STRENUOUS EXERCISE
Recovering from strenuous exercise can be a lengthy process and muscle soreness is more likely to occur when you're new to intense training sessions. Luckily, compression shorts can aid in muscle recovery after strenuous workouts. Pressure (compression) garments may have greater advantages to improve recovery following an exercise bout, says Human Kinetics.