Compression wear and base layers are
always thought of as
for your sportswear
collection, but what’s the real story behind compression
wear? Are there really any performance benefits to be
had from wearing them? The Hut delves into the world
to look at the benefits to be had
from investing in compression and base layers.
WHAT IS COMPRESSION
The close-fitting ‘second skin’ nature of base
layers means thatyou often forget they’re
there when you’rein the midst of a match,
race or tournament. But it’s not discreetness
that they’re designed for; the pressure and
controlled tightness delivered by compression
designedto keep your muscles held
in a secure and natural position.
This muscular protection reduces the chances
by holding your physique exactly the
way it should, stopping muscles moving and
vibrating on impact. It’s not necessarily the
big major injuries that compression wear aims
to protect—a sound exercise routine will sort
that out—but more so the little strains and
pulls that can leave you feeling sore after a big
game. Wearing compression gear will help
with this, leaving you focused on what’s
important: your sport.
What’s more, using compression post-
will also aidyour body in its recovery.
Compression garments are designed to
increase blood flow during and after your
workout, workingto reduce the build-up of
lactic acid and prevent DOMS.
DO I NEED COMPRESSION
PANTS, LEGGINGS OR TIGHTS?
All forms of compression essentially work the
same way, so how do youdecide on what
type of compression you need? The difference
between compression pants, leggings and tights
is typically the weight of fabric used in the
Generally made from a thinner fabric,
compression leggings areused as a base layer
under shorts or pants to help give you greater
warmth and circulation during your workout.
With a shorter cut that goes from the waistline
down to the ankle, compression tights are made
from a heavier fabric and can be worn as a
standalone outer layer.
Compression pants are made from a heavier
fabric and are designed to be worn as a
standalone outer layer. Depending on the
thickness of the fabric (which you can find in
our product descriptions), you should vary your
compression pants depending on the season.
Garments with gradient
or graduated compression are woven in such a way
as to deliver the highest level of compression at the
ankle and lessening towards the waistline to give a
comfortable fit on the hips.
DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness):
Also known as muscle fever, DOMS is the pain
and stiffness felt in muscles in the hours and days
following your workout.
Blood Lactate (Lactic Acid):
during power exercises such as sprinting, lactate
is an organic acid built up when there isn’t enough
oxygen in the body to break down glucose for
energy. The resulting build-up provokes feeling of
muscle ache, burning, nausea and stomach pain.
The qualities of an object that
affect how easily it is able to move through the air.
Greater aerodynamics in your workout gear will
give reduced friction and greater velocity.
Controlled pressure over key muscles
helps prevent injury
Aids physique and posture during workout
Improved blood circulation
Additional warmth in colder workout
Prevents build-up of lactic acid
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