Blog Post >> 2012 Olympian Inaki Gomez
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More and more, athletes, and in particular runners, have begun using compression socks to increase their performance during a run and after runs to reduce muscle fatigue. I am not 100% certain as to how the science behind it works, but I do know that the compression wear allows for an increase in circulation.
Now, people might be wondering why I have decided to write a blog about this, and while it may seem evident that as an ambassador, I am encouraged to promote the product, I thought I would share with people how I use compression gear around my training and sport.
My use of compression gear is very limited and is only worn during specific times. I am not an athlete that competes in compression gear, but I do rely on it for my recovery and travel times. I tend to put on compression socks or compression tights (CEP Clone) after long or intensive workouts. The idea behind this, as mentioned before, is to allow for the increase in circulation of the blood in the legs. In essence, this allows the legs to recover much faster. Most athletes use this type of recovery tactic in addition to other measures such as warming down after sessions, dipping in an ice bath, eating recovery meals, etc. The idea of wearing compression gear is simply to enhance and add to the recovery period to ensure that one is at an optimal level for the next session, whether it is later that day or the next day.
The compression gear is also commonly worn while traveling. I have made it a habit to put on either compression socks or compression tights while traveling to once again promote increased blood flow in the legs and feet, avoiding the typical swelling that occurs. In most instances, as athletes, our travels tend to be close to days when we compete, so ensuring that our legs are at an optimal stage as soon as possible is always the goal.
So, how does this translate to a person interested in this? Like most things related to sport, it is all about testing things out. By no means am I saying that every athlete or person who exercises should wear compression gear, but I do think that there are some benefits to wearing such gear, much like wearing the appropriate running shoes. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual figuring out what works best for them.
As for me, compression gear, particularly CEP compression socks and Clone tights, provide me with a very important and necessary step in my recovery phase.