But for a while now, the form-fitting materials can be seen around any neighborhood as people looking to get a workout in now side for the slim fitting clothes rather than the days of the bagging sweatshirts and sweatpants.
Compression gear can keep people warm during the cold months and while it won’t necessarily make you faster when used on runs, it does have a surprising new benefit.
When it comes to gains, compression garments can reduce straight loss after a tough workout, according to a new study.
The study, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, was led by researchers at Tohoku University in Japan. Researchers were eager to find out whether wearing a below-knee compression garment could reduce “fatigue-induced strength loss and joint position sense errors in healthy adults,” according to the study.
Below-knee compression is often seen on runners who wear sleeves around their calves. Compression gear, in general, helps apply pressure to certain areas of the body to maintain blood flow and even help with recovery, according to NHS in the UK.
In this study, researchers had more than 20 participants perform a right-dominate knee extensors with a computerized dynamometer observing the participants. Participants were separated into groups that wore compression garments, passed on garments, or did no exercise at all.
Changes in strength and knee joint position were measured by the same device on three separate occasions — immediately after the initial workout, 24 hours later, and the following week.
Following the results, researchers said that wearing a compression garment below the knee during a workout helped fight fatigue effects on maximal strength immediately after the exercise and in the 24-hour window that follows.
Researchers said that wearing a below-knee compression item during regular workouts can be a big boost for mechanical support and tissue compression.
“Our previous studies focused only on the effects of compression garments on joint position sense,” Dr. János Négyesi, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, said in a press release. “The present study found such garments to have the potential to reduce strength loss after a fatiguing exercise, which may help us better understand how applying a compression garment during exercise can decrease the risk of musculoskeletal injuries during sports activities.”
If you’re looking to complete some indoor exercises due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harvard fitness expert Michele Stanten said people should target three types of exercises in their homes: aerobic, strength training, and stretching.
But if you’re eager to get back to the gym, there’s a certain type of mask gymgoers will want to wear that will benefit your health and safety during this unprecedented time.