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Benefits Of Compression Pants

Updated on December 23, 2015

Fitness Improvements

Everything in fitness has made improvements with technology and the clothing is no exception, they have created compression wear that helps with performance and recovery.

This is like any other exercise product when studied by science, the results depend on who you talk to and how it was studied. There have been numerous tests and studies on compression clothing and the results have been varying and stable.

I know the benefits have been proven, there have been different athletes that benefited more then others. They have been proven to help with recovery of muscles more then improving performance, the way they help performance is by speeding recovery.

There is a whole line of products from socks, pants, to shirts. I am going to discuss pants here mostly because because these work the largest muscle groups and are used by men and women more then the rest.

Prevent Injury

Compression clothing can help to prevent injury by supporting the muscles and increasing the blood flow, increased blood flow keeps the muscles warm and lose after stretching.

What Are Compression Shorts?

They are the same as all the compression clothes, they are made from stretchy material and about 15% smaller then you normally wear. They will have stretch bands in them that go around the muscles at critical points or the entire muscle. the shorts help the Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and buttocks, and long pants hit the calves also. The shorts come in various lengths, but are usually mid-thigh and worn under regular shorts.

Do You Wear Underwear With Compression Shorts?

I think this would be a personal choice thing however I would say no because compression shorts are known to replace jock straps for men and hold the cup in place. I tried it once and the tightness only made my underwear bunch up which caused chaffing and made me uncomfortable.

Benefits of Compression Shorts

An Australian study found that in 2011 the benefit was seen most in endurance athletes through improved oxygen intake and blood flow. The compression would reduce lactate acid build up which gives that burn in the muscles when you do the same thing repeatedly.

Other benefits are speeding recovery, and preventing delayed-onset muscle soreness. They reduce the risk of certain injuries by warming, supporting, and increasing the blood flow to muscles.

They have also helped people with bad circulation and injuries.

Speed Recovery Time

What Do Compression Shorts do?

The most common and proven thing they do is speed recovery time, they increase the blood flow that is needed to recover and repair the muscle tissue.

They prevent injury and also help to heal injuries that have already happened, they keep muscles warm and flexible.

They make you look good while being good for you.

Benefits Of Woman"s Compression Shorts

Woman's compression shorts have many benefits, they help to keep the muscles warm during exercise. They increase blood flow and support the muscles being worked, They shape the body and make you look good while exercising. They are stretchy and allow you to have a full range of motion, women are usually more flexible then men so they benefit women more when it comes to flexibility and range of movement.

Compression Pants

Compression pants are similar to shorts but help the entire leg by hitting the calf muscles too. These are usually the most supportive, they will have extra elastic bands for the Quadricep and Glute muscles groups. Use these compression pants along with a safety belt for squatting to build quality leg muscles. Getting yourself a few pair of these pants is a step towards protecting your future.

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Psychological Benefits

The way they feel tight on your body make you think you are solid muscle, walking past a mirror and seeing your shape created from these compression pants pumps you up to work harder for more gains.

The feeling I get while wearing these pushes me to go harder, this gives me better results. I am in the gym working hard anyway and the psychological benefit these pants give off inspires me to want more, seeing people watching me tells me my work is paying off.

The psychological benefit also helps to raise my self esteem which keeps depression at the door, this works hand in hand with the exercise itself in raising my self esteem.

The image and link above will take you to a complete line of compression wear including Under Armor. These are beneficial and even look good.

Another Advantage To Compression Pants

Compression pants also help to form and shape lose legs and butt until you tighten it, this helps you to look and and feel less uncomfortable in the gym. I find the look of these tight form fitting pants to be sexy and when they are on a well developed butt and legs they show the hard workj you put into working out because you can easily see the shape of the muscles.

© 2015 Vince


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      Vince 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes I agree that they are best for post race or workout recovery, it is good to have the socks on hand for an injury but I can not wear them for workouts. Use them the way they help, another tool in the arsenal. Thank you...

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      Liam Hallam 2 years ago from Nottingham UK

      As a cyclist and coming from a sport that sees itself as on the cutting edge of sports performance and science it's rare to see us wearing compression clothing. Lycra shorts are tight but you wouldn't deem their fit to be 'compression' the only real time you'll see us in them is post race to enhance blood flow for recovery and you won't see a seasoned cyclist in those awful looking compression socks.