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Compression Wear Benefits Recovery

Find Out WHY Under Armour May Be Worth The Investment!

Posted by HMTraining - August 18th, 2015

Why Do People Wear It?

Sporting compression wear is more than a fashion trend or tool to make yourself look more jacked and lean. Scientific literature strongly suggests that compression garments can improve how an athlete recovers. As athletes, it's our job to know why we should wear compression garments!


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Back To The Exercise Science Basics

Most of us know that when we exercise, our muscles need oxygen in order to work. The heart pumps oxygenated blood to the muscles, while veins bring back the deoxygenated blood to the heart. As we exercise and metabolic systems are used, metabolic waste starts to build up. Venous return is important, because more blood flow and oxygen-rich blood = less metabolic waste. Less waste usually leads to less soreness. Compression wear provides an external pressure against the skin and also keeps muscles, blood, and the body warm.


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The “Proof” Is In The Pudding

Most studies found some benefit, either psychological or physiological, from wearing athletic compression. In every study discussed, the subjects performed one trial without compression garments, and one trial wearing compression garments after training.


At 1:58 in the video below, I describe a study conducted on Australian cyclists where researchers found less lactic acid buildup when cyclists wore compression wear immediately after an intense cycling bout. Less lactic acid means less muscle soreness!


At 2:50, I describe a study where researchers had athletes perform a drop-jump squat, emphasizing the eccentric contraction. Eccentric contractions generally lead to more muscle damage. The athletes reported less perceived muscle soreness when they wore compression wear after the jump training.


At 3:38, I discuss a study where researchers had healthy subjects perform barbell and free weight resistance/strength training movements. After the intense workout, the subjects wore a full body Under Armour compression suit. Not only did the suit look cool, it was helpful! When wearing the fancy Batman-like suit, the subjects reported less muscle soreness, more vitality, and better performance in athletic movements.


Conclusion – Is It Worth It?

There are some studies that neglect to find any statistical significance in terms of recovery, however no study has found athletic compression to be detrimental to recovery. If you have the money, go ahead and invest in a few compression pants and make sure to keep them on after your workout. This research suggests that during endurance, power, or athletic performance, compression wear after your workout can lead to less muscle soreness. This means you’ll be able to hit your workouts more frequently, with the same intensity, and make more gains!


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BrandonFertig
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This is interesting. I never considered the effects of compression gear on anything more than aesthetics.

AnabolicAliens
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I just think that it is funny because a lot of people consider compression clothing to be "douche-y" but those are people who you don't need in your life ;) haha

crood
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Just one thing to add, not to 'over wear' them. Too often and it weakens the blood vessels as they become reliant on the compression :) Aside from that yes, they can be very benefitial =D Good topic

Scott_Herman  Edit  Delete  Close

That's a great tip @crood.  I never thought of that!

ohawkey
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Man I never knew it actually helps. I always thought it was just for soaking up sweat. great article!

Fox84
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great article, i need to get some compression clothing too, plus they look cool, it help me look more define haha, well first got to get rid of the little belly fat


Scott_Herman
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I should really get more into compression clothing.. Hate to admit it but I never used it because I didn't want to cover up my muscles when I lift haha. But now I am 30 and don't care what I am wearing 

GraaY94  Edit  Delete  Close

I have a pair of compression pants i wear underneath my shorts when im at muay thai, they're great! even if it gives you a bit of a chicken leg effect haha

Idris
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Good article: Not only does it look good on you but it also remove and absorb sweat from the body while keeping the body cool during hot day or working out. It has stretch techonolgy that moves with the body no matter what the sport or activity that being performed.  It supports the muscles while performing your workout and sports helping to reduce injury. 

Dave_Diesel
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Excellent topic! This brings me back to my running days where many people wore compression garments following training, for both track, field and endurance disciplines. 

JoeHurricane
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Interesting topic for sure, but I know a lot of people are interested in the benefits of compression gear. Nice work @hmtraining!!

Whisper
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haha Haaris, your topic selection is always interesting to read, to say the least!