When you've crushed a triathlon, mowed down the competition in an obstace race, or maxed out in an AMRAP workout, you need your body to start repairing and recharging immediately. Problem is, you're a busy guy holding down a job and a family on top of demolishing your fitness plateaus. You don't necessarily have the time to foam roll and ice once your muscles power down.
That's where compression gear comes into play.
Not to bore you with an anatomy lesson, but blood travels faster through narrow blood vessels than wider ones. Compression clothing works to boost recovery by narrowing your veins, forcing blood to flow faster and more effectively up to your heart, which pumps oxygen-rich blood back to your aching muscles. Targeted compression can also clear lactic acid buildup to relieve soreness, offer support to your most over-used muscles and joints, and—well, we won't give everything away. Read on for the most powerful pieces of gear.
NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, don't wear recovery compression during workouts. Your compression needs during a relaxed state are way different than the demands of intense activity.
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