Research on the effect of 2XU compression wear "clearly suggests that endurance performance is optimised by the wearing of compressive garments,” so, how does it work?
Modern compression gear uses 'graduated compression' constructed from specially designed seams and panels to increase circulation in your limbs. This means that it puts the most pressure on your outer-most parts such as your ankles and gradually reduces this pressure as it moves up towards your body.
This technology delivers a controlled amount of pressure to improve the rate of oxygenated blood going to your muscles and deoxygenated blood going back to the heart and reduce lactic acid build-up. CEP found that their products improved the flow of oxygenated blood by up to 40%.
While the study on 2XU showed that “compression garments not only have the potential to optimise performance… they also have a central role to play in the recovery process.” This is because compression gear wraps around and supports key muscles, reducing movement and vibration and therefore minimising soft tissue damage.
SKINS compression found that not only does this help you recover faster but their runners “demonstrated that they used less energy when running at a sub-maximal speed. They were more economical and efficient,” concluding that the added stability and control helps you run further, for longer, and with less effort.