Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Compression calf sleeves

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Hello there!

So yesterday, it took all of my mojo to run only 2 miles ~ ick! Yes...barely made 2.5 miles, walking .5 of those stinkin' miles. Don't know if it was the weather (it was cool but so much pollen outside ~ remember my asthma?)

Yet when I went to the gym to teach Body Attack, I got my second wind and had a great workout...we even finished with a few minutes left to spare...

So I'll blame it on the pollen - why not?

Today, even though the *allergy alert* was low, I decided to take it indoors since it was in the 40's this morning.

I did 10 miles on the tready since my calves were screaming at me to "Stop! For crying out loud!"

BTW, I'm in the lookout for a good pair of compression calf sleeves. What I have right now are just Walmart brand stockings (hospital-grade), they do help ($25) but not designed to run with.

Why compression? Check it out.

Here's some popular brands out there (for calf sleeves). Other companies have compression, but only offer *socks* and not *sleeves* ---- or have limited colors.

Zensah ($39.99)


From their website:

The Zensah compression leg sleeves are made with gradient compression which provides wide ribbing in the front for shin support and tight ribbing in the back for calf support.

The compression leg sleeves are made with Zensah Fabric which has silver helping to regulate skin temperature and fight bacteria. The compression leg sleeves can be worn during training or for recovery to increase oxygen blood flow to the muscles of the lower leg. The more oxygen the muscles receive the faster they recover, allowing athletes to push the envelope in their training. The compression leg sleeves are ideal for runners, cyclists and triathletes and anyone else who is on their feet. It can be worn during training, recovery or for traveling.

The Zensah compression leg sleeves are unique in that they provide Pin-Point Compression to the front and back of the leg. The dual action support was developed by a professional athletic trainer.

CEP - stands for Compete, Endure, Perform ($39.95)

 Zoot Sports ($40-60)

From their website:

CRx, or CompressRx, is our graduated compression technology that forces blood flow back to your heart. This reduces lactic acid build-up (so you don't get that sluggish feeling) while stabilizing your muscles, and speeding recovery.

From their website:

The Patented CW-X Support Web™ technology mimics kinesiology-taping techniques that trainers apply to injured muscles. When this technology is applied to muscles and joints it creates an exoskeletal support system that improves biomechanics during motion. The CW-X Support Web provides Targeted Support to key areas, decreasing muscle oscillation and focusing power so your muscles work more efficiently. Variable compression along the web facilitates circulation, minimizing lactic acid build-up and muscle soreness, so you can be active longer and recover faster.

2XU ($55)

From their website:

2XU’s graduated compression technology boasts regulated pressure throughout all garments to deliver performance benefits during and post exercise. By enhancing circulation through increased venous function, more oxygenated blood is delivered to the muscles that need it most. At the same time, by-products created by exercise, such as lactic acid, are  flushed from the muscles to reduce fatigue and decrease recovery time.

I'm sure there are several other brands out there such as Skins, Sugoi and McDavid but those above are the most popular.

... I smell me some shopping in the future.......:)

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