We have all seen one person or the other wear compression pants in the gym. Looking at them at face value they just looked like the glorified version of any other trouser or tracksuit, just a lot tighter. Well, looks can be deceiving, because they deliver more than what the eye can see.
What are Compression Pants?
Similar to spandex, these are made from a stretchy fabric that forms on to the body like a second skin. This material creates pressure on your legs and hips which improves performance and prevents injury. There are a number of studies which suggest that compression pants or any sort of compression wear can prevent injury as well as post-workout recovery. Since there is a balanced surface pressure on your body, compression clothes trigger the acceleration of blood flow.
Benefits of wearing compression pants to the gym:
1. Reduced Muscle Fatigue:
Ever wonder why your body aches after a workout? Well obviously it’s because you are exerting your muscles which is why it aches, but scientifically speaking, it is the increase of lactic acid in your muscles. When a muscle is being exerted, the muscle produces lactic acid in the muscle.
Studies from the UMPC Health Beat suggest that compression pants allow an accelerated flow of blood. This accelerated flow of the blood reduces the lactic acid in your muscles which in turn reduces muscle fatigue.
2. Lower Risk of Muscle Soreness:
Remember the first day you went to the gym for leg day and you felt like your legs were jelly? Remember the next morning with it got a lot worse? Well, this is known as delayed onset muscle soreness, so given the option to not have that happen again, would you take it?
Our friends at Men’s Health Magazine believe that wearing them during heavy exercise reduces this type of soreness. If that isn’t enough motivation to never skip leg day, I don’t know what is.
3. Improved Perceived Exertion
There are some workouts such as the German Volume Training which requires you to do 10 x 10 sets of a single exercise. These kinds of exercises, apart from building muscles, test your endurance. This is where perceived exertion comes into play which basically a more effortless way of working out. A 2016 study from Sports Medicine suggests that compression wear like compression pants, shorts, and shirts improved the perceived exertion during endurance training.
4. Better Muscle Oxygenation:
We previously discussed that due to the balanced pressure the blood flow in our body increases when wearing compression pants. We also talked about how they are important in case of endurance training and also how the blood flow reduces lactic acid in the muscle.
According to Research Gate, this increased blood flow doesn’t stop benefiting the body just there. The blood brings oxygen to the muscle tissues which can improve your athletic performance for short, explosive bouts of exercise as well.
Although these clothes do apply pressure around your thighs, most people find it comfortable to wear for working out. They have little wind resistance, wicks moisture and don’t ride up every time you are doing squats, sit-ups or other similar activities.
6. Better Recovery
After every workout, your muscles take time to recover strength and from soreness. Human Kinetics and a 2014 study of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise both agree that compression pants promote the recovery of muscle strength after resistance training. It also cuts down the lengthy process of recovering from muscle soreness.
Both studies suggest that since the blood flow acceleration improves the oxygenation of muscles in the body, compression pants offer a much better post-workout recovery.
Compression pants are a great way to improve your performance in the gym. Whether you are working your legs or trying to tone your glutes, compression pants are a great way to prevent injury, decrease fatigue and gives the best post-workout recovery.
So now if you’re ever considering to skip leg day afraid of the pain that is to follow the next day, we just eliminated all excuses. Get a pair of compression pants for yourself and get squatting.