Discover the Benefits of Compression

When it comes to compression, the same questions are still being asked.

What really is compression and why should I wear it?

For this article, we’ve collaborated with the team at 2XU to take a look at the benefits you can get from compression products like theirs.


1: Bigger performance gains


2XU offer a range of specific performance-designed compression products including their Light Speed collection which benefits from Muscle Containment Stamping (MCS) technology –  a framework which traces quadriceps to dissipate the load transfer on the knee joint and calf to alleviate muscle strain during the toe phase of running. The Light Speed, as well as the Aero and Core compression ranges, all include powerful, lightweight and flexible PWX fabric, and graduated compression.


But what does this mean for your performance? Well, it can…

  • Improve power up to 1.4% for exercise bouts of up to 30 minutes
  • Increase calf muscle oxygenation by 6.9%
  • Reduce leg soreness by 47%


2. Reduced risk of injury


2XU’s powerful, lightweight and flexible PWX fabric offers circular knit 360-degree stretch to help reduce muscle movement and damage during your run. You can also benefit from a boost in blood flow to your muscles thanks to firm, graduated compression.


All of this innovation in 2XU’s compression technology can help…

  • Deliver lower markers of blood clotting during a marathon
  • Reduce your heart rate by up to 2.5%
  • Reduce muscle oscillation of your quads and calves


3. Faster recovery


2XU is a brand that is here to support the complete athlete system – preparation, performance and recovery. So, whilst you’re pushing yourself to new limits during your performances, make sure you think ahead to that all-important post-run recovery routine.


2XU offers a collection of recovery products specifically design to enhance and speed up your recovery ahead of your next run. This range includes tights, socks and arm sleeves, all of which are perfect for layering post-run in the winter months.


But why is recovery so important and what benefits do you really get from it? It can help…

  • Reduce swelling to the thighs by 1.1cm
  • Reduce swelling to the calves by 0.6cm
  • Increase blood lactate removal by up to 4.8%


About 2XU


Call it a line in the sand, a mission or a higher purpose, it’s the ambition of 2XU to create a fitter, healthier world.


From the get-go, 2XU have been creating the best performance gear for Triathletes, the original sporting misfits. Combining a perfect marriage of technology and performance, everything 2XU have designed has helped improve preparation, performance, and recovery in Triathlon and beyond. But their mission doesn’t stop there.


The performance apparel brand are encouraging people to say yes to change – reset their goals, refocus and make a change in themselves across all disciplines. They are showing everyone that change is possible and that a fitter, healthier life is doable. And the benefits far outweigh the effort.


Whilst 2XU as a brand are working to inspire change and enhance performance in their community of consumers and athletes, much of this comes down to the leading technology in their product line, primarily in their world-renowned compression range.


You can buy a wide range of 2XU’s leading compression and performance apparel in-store and online at Runners Need. Say yes to change and yes to you. 


Content Disclaimer: 2XU provide health, fitness and wellbeing content designed for information purposes only and should not substitute or replace professional medical advice. Before starting any health, fitness or eating program it is always recommended that you consult a registered health care professional. Use of any information provided by 2XU is solely at your own risk.



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