It's no wonder top athletes of today are suiting up in tight-fighting compression apparel. It primes your body for movement by providing soon-to-be hard-working muscles with oxygen-rich blood so they can endure even the most grueling workout. Strategically placed panels add (good) pressure to areas of your body that need extra support—i.e. main working muscle like your glutes, quads, and calves—locking muscles into place and reducing vibration that can shock your elbow and knee joints.
There's no research proving compression can prevent injuries, but one thing's for sure: You can't hurt your body by wearing clothing that keeps your muscles anatomically in place, increases oxygen flow to hard-working muscles, and reduces swelling. Enhance your next workout with this gear that encourages proper movement, protects your joints and muscles, and makes you the best athlete you can be.
Optimize your performance from the ground up with CEP. The snug fit follows the contours of your feet and ankles, so you can focus on your workout—not your shifting, sliding socks. The compression is specifically designed and integrated with more pressure on areas that need support—like your arch—and gradually lessens from the ankle up to increase blood flow and reduce blockages (i.e. blood clots or plaque buildup) in your feet. Built-in memory foam ankle pads massage deep tissue with every step you take, and also work to boost circulation.
Slip on a pair of these Asics boxers and you'll understand why serious athletes are dressed head-to-toe—yes, even down to their drawers—in performance-enhancing apparel. If you think about it, why would you don the most high-tech top and trainers only to ruin it with a pair of crappy-fitting boxers? The boxers are seamless and boosted with compression in areas where you need support. The result? A chafe-free undergarment that moves with you. Better yet, if you're not into the look of skin-tight compression tights, you can wear your regular gym shorts over these and still experience some benefits. They're even anti-microbial, so odor is an embarrassing problem you can put in the past.
This base layer from Adidas is fixed with small aluminum-silver dots that direct heat away from your body, giving you a blast of coolness when you need it most. The compression fit supports your muscles, holding them in place when your training intensifies. Plus, it's engineered with UPF 50+ UV sun protection so you can turn up the heat of your workouts in the dog days of summer.
Designed to fit like a second skin, these tights from Lululemon can take you from Olympic lifts to long distance runs. You'll feel unbelievably comfortable in the sweat-wicking four-way stretch fabric. The 1/2 Tight is cut and crafted with moderate compression to stabilize your muscles, and they're even stitched with flat seams so you don't have to worry about chafing.
What's unique to these 2XU shorts is their targeted compression that's mapped over your thighs (you can feel it; it's raised) to reduce impact on your knees and save your joints from excessive wear and tear. Extra support panels are placed over your glute and hamstring muscle fibers, too. That's good because it helps to limit excessive vibration and rolling, so you can maintain higher-intensity exercise with greater power output and agility, reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, and promote more oxygen to run through your body for quick recovery. These are perfect for sprint workouts, agility drills, HIIT workouts, and any other high-intensity work.
Engineered with just the right amount of pressure and graduated compression to increase blood flow through your legs, calves, and feet, these calf sleeves are a must for long-distance runs through the trails or streets. Even as the weather heats up, you'll be comfortable in Brooks' signature sleeve: They feature a mesh panel at the upper part of your calves so you never feel too toasty.
Under Armour's compression tank features an exclusive coating on the inside that pulls heat away from your skin to make you feel cooler and mentally able to perform longer. Its super-fitted design has four-way stretch, chafe-free seams, and total ventilation, making it the perfect top for outdoor workouts.
Crush your runs and enjoy the support of a locked-in fit with Nike's Power Speed Tight. Inspired by elite sprinter English Gardner, these tights feature a slim cut with enhanced compression along the hip, thigh, calf, and Achilles tendon to boost muscle control. The screen-printed pattern on the tights isn't just for looks: It actually supports your working muscles. There are also reflective details so you can work out early-morning and late-night, bonded ankle zips, and lined pockets (on the back hip) to stash away your ID or keys.
Reebok likes to think of their compression tee as "protective armor" so you can "wage your battle in the box." Mesh ventilation keeps your underarms especially cool, bonded arm panels protect your skin against brushes with barbells, and its all-over compressive fabric supports your muscles through the most grueling workout.
Shin splint relief is in sight: These leg sleeves were designed specifically by professional athletic trainers to target the common running problem. V-shaped chevron ribbing on the front of the sleeve offers the same relief as kinesiology tape, and all-over compression keeps your muscles from being jarred and driven to injury. The compression also improves circulation, giving your muscles the necessary oxygen they need to endure tough workouts and the ability to recover faster post-workout. Wear these whether you're running, playing basketball, or doing everyday activities.