So aside from looking good does it actually work? Here are some things I have noticed from wearing compressions gear along with what the research says.
- Strength & Power
- I like to wear my compression gear when I lift as I feel like it gives me a little boost when switching from the lowering to lifting sections of an exercise so, for example, coming out of the bottom of my squats. Also, I find with teaching classes like INSANITY that has a lot of repeated jumping I feel I can work harder for longer
- What the research says: well there appears to be general agreement here that compression gear will aid in performance with strength and power-based activity one recent 2016 article in Physiology & Behaviour stated that there was Conclusive evidence increasing power and strength this backed up a previous review which highlighted effects on repeated sprint and jumps.
- Along with the feeling more ….springy in my compression gear I also feel that my form and technique is better and more coordinated in my gear I just feel like the tightness from the gear helps me know where I am, this is super important to me as I am obsessed with my form it is something I have always prided myself on.
- What the research says: Again, the research backs this up suggesting the increased feedback from the mechanoreceptors in the skin aids in sensory feedback which improves proprioception this has implications for injury prevention and efficiency.
- I love wearing compression gear following exercise and will even wear it to sleep at times. it’s like a giant hug for my aching muscles. Doing this I feel like I am more ready for my next session/workout. This was highlighted to me on a recent trip to LA where I was cast in the shoot for some of the new Beachbody Live workouts I had 3 days of back to back filming and then a Bootcamp for Transform live our latest program so needed to be on my A-game the whole time even with this gruelling schedule.