30 June 2010

Second Skins: compression gear review

Health24’s FitnessEditor reviews a Second Skin compression suit and finds that it’s not only comfortable but does seem to have improved her running.

Health24’s FitnessEditor reviews a Second Skin compression suit and finds that it’s not only comfortable but does seem to have improved her running.

  • Increased blood flow
  • Enhanced muscle warm-up
  • Decreased muscle vibration
  • Reduced blood lactate concentration and
  • Increased torque generation at joints which reduces the risk of injury. 

My experience  

I am by no means an athlete. That said, however, I am a very keen, albeit new, runner. I have taken part in a few trail runs which hooked me on running and I try to run as often as possible every week with my running buddy.

However, I have been unable to run any great distance or even on consecutive days as my calves tend to get very sore and tight after a run and no matter how much I stretch before and after a run, they were always too sore to run the next day.

That is, until I wore the compression garments that Second Skin gave me to review. I have run in the long leggings a few times now and after every run I stretched the same as I usually do – however the next day when I swung my legs out of bed I gingerly waited for that cramping pain that usually greets me after a run, but it was not there.

I was elated. My legs were still a bit sore, but nothing like I had experienced regularly before. This has allowed me to run more often which has helped strengthen my calves further.  I can only assume this is down to the compression gear aiding in my recovery.
The verdict

The proof they say, is in the pudding. And last weekend as my running buddy and I crossed the finish line after our first 15km race, I not only felt the part - I looked the part.

After completing my first 15km race, a little hot and sweaty but happy.. 

As far as comfort goes, I found the compression garments to be so comfortable it’s almost like running in your birthday suit. Except a lot more socially acceptable.

The long tights and the long-sleeved top are perfect for chilly winter mornings as they kept me warm at the start and did not trap the heat and make me too hot while running. In fact, I found them a lot cooler to run in than an ordinary t-shirt which often ends up sticking to you after the first few km’s.

The short tights are more suited to exercise in warmer climates, although at the moment I prefer the longer tights for the support they offer my calves. Although the socks (which can be worn on the calves) work just as well for this. So it really is a win-win situation.
I may not be able to say with any scientific certainty that compression garments work, but they did seem to work for me and will from now on be a staple in my exercise wardrobe.

The Second Skins range

Second Skins boasts some of the best compression suits on the market  and offer moisture wicking technology as well as the company’s signature UV protection factor of SPF 50. 

  • The long-sleeved tops are great for canoeists and paddlers. 
  • Runners, sprinters and cyclists benefit most from full-length compression tights or socks and for tri-athletes and swimmers, the entire range will only add benefit.  
  • Long-haul travellers and travelling athletes also derive great benefits from wearing compression gear, mostly socks, on long flights as they reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and swelling in the legs and feet. 




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