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Do you need to wear this for training?

Categories: Exercise

You see this type of clothing all the time in the gym and at races.

But do you actually think it is worth it or is it just another piece of clothing that you must have to look the part?


It comes it all types, from leggings, tops, calf/shin guards, arms guards and sock. You name it they've designed it for your body.

There are two train of thoughts to wearing compression clothing. Scientific tests have been done and it has shown that no major improvements can be linked directly to wearing compression clothing. However psychologically the benefits have been proven that the people who wear them have said they felt less sore after training and events.

My feeling on this is if there is an item of clothing that can improve your recover and feel less achy and reduce the horrendous feeling of DOMS after a session then it is worth a go.

The reason behind wearing them is totally valid. During exercise your muscles expand and swell and this creates pressure. Wearing compression clothing therefore improve the blood flow to the muscles, which means more oxygen is getting to them and therefore improving your performance. It will also help to speed up your recovery as if more blood is getting to the muscles it can flush out all the lactic acid and other toxins that build up in the muscles during exercise quicker.

Studies have also shown if you continue to wear compression clothing after exercise these benefits continue and will further speed up your recovery.

Loads of companies do compression clothing now, so have a shop around if it is something you are after. Nike, Under Armour, Skins and 2XU are just a few brands to look out for.

Do you were any compression clothing when you train?

Have you found it makes any difference?

What's your favourite item if you do wear it?

I'd love to hear from you.


Gemma 'compression clothing' Spackman