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Why do Athletes Need Compression?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

By Miguel A. Blancarte, Jr., Chicago, IL

All runners need to have mindful and functional running gear. In order to run long distances, and in order to run fast, gear is absolutely essential.

It never is easy finding the right gear – and I can attest to this. In addition to the regular headaches folks go through in order to find the right gear, my story also entails losing 180lbs in 8 months (and a total of 196lbs in less than a year).

In January 2012, I sat at 344lbs and by the end of September 2012 I was at 164lbs! I did this all on my own – no surgeries, no personal trainers, no “magic” diet pills; simply put: a lot of grit, dedication, perseverance and endurance. I was always a bigger person – so it’s not like I put the weight on – I was simply always heavier.

Having gone through a significant weight loss on my own, I knew there would be a bit of a downfall – however, that “downfall” is a small price to pay for my new lifestyle. The downfall here is the excess skin that I have – in my stomach area, my thighs, and in my arms.

I ventured into running in November of 2012 and in less than a year I successfully ran various 5K races, an 8K, many 10K’s, 3 half marathons, an Olympic distance triathlon, a full marathon, and I capped my first year of running with an ultramarathon! (My 1st race ever was a 5K on November 3, 2012 and the ultramarathon was completed on November 2, 2013)

Going into that ultra marathon I knew I needed great compression wear. I needed my body to stay in one place; no room for the moving of the excess skin. 3 weeks prior to the ultramarathon, I ran my first ever marathon. Having ran this marathon without compression gear, I knew I needed to change things up in order to have a better time out there, perform better, and to minimize any post-race pain.

I contacted Zensah to test out their products for my first ever ultramarathon – and my first time wearing compression wear. Zensah provided me with their “Seamless Base Layer Compression Shorts” and their “Mock Compression Turtleneck.” The reliability and performance from these two during an ultramarathon only solidified the fact that I did not need to look any further – it doesn’t get any more ultra than an ultramarathon and if I survived with the Zensah gear here, I could survive other races.

The materials, soft, durable, and compressing did what they were supposed to. They hugged my body, did not move unless I moved them with my hands, they compressed my skin and body so that it does not move, they wicked themselves off, and most importantly, they performed well and continue to do so, keeping my body temperature regulated – in various temperatures.

A couple of days ago, Chicago had record breaking cold temperature; we had colder weather than Siberia in the South Pole! As a now-turned-runner, I could not stop myself from running. I smartly geared up – which included the Zensah base layer compression short and the mock compression turtleneck. They not only helped with the run, they kept me 100% completely warm! In temperature where water would freeze on you, the gear air-wicked itself out and when I undressed, I did not have sweat (nor ice) on my body! I was truly surprised – I rubbed the material and I touched my back to see if I felt sweat, and nothing!

Losing the weight and having the scars to show for it has made my running even more significant because of the support I need from gear in order to be a good, effective, endurance runner. Zensah helps!

Key to Successful Training by Garrett Huyler

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

My name is Garrett Huyler and I have been coaching/competing in the high jump for 12 years. During this time I have learned one valuable key to success, overtraining is far worse than undertraining. I have taken the saying “train smarter, not harder” to heart the past 2 seasons and that along with using Zensah’s products religiously I have stayed healthier and had better marks as a result. During the 2013 season I had my best finish at a USA Championship Meet finishing in the Top 5 at the Indoor meet in Albuquerque, NM and set a lifetime best of 7’3″ earlier that year. Two weeks ago, in the first weekend of the 2014 season I cleared another lifetime best of 7’4″ and am excited for what the upcoming season holds.

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Compression for Inline Speed Skating – Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

What is Inline Speed Skating?

Inline speed skating is the roller sport of racing on inline skates, similar to ice speed skating. Speed skating training requires dedication, persistence, and the right equipment! The sport requires a special technique in which athletes take deep and fast strokes. Having good balance and agility is a very important for speed skates to train and practice stay low to the ground for sharp turns.

Speed Skating - Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

Speed Skating – Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves

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Compression clothing will get new look with technology

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The compression garment manufacturers are trying out innovative technologies to create new designs and patterns in the clothing line. The latest technological advancements in the compression clothing sector include 3D printing and smart textiles.

3D Printing Zensah

3D Printing Zensah

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