I have exciting news… I have been chosen to be a Bio Skin Ambassador! Bio Skin provides compression supports and athletic braces to a variety of sporting professionals including the everyday person trying to live a healthy and active lifestyle (runners, triathletes, hikers, fitness enthusiasts, etc). Bio Skin reached out to me via Twitter, asking if I would be interested in being an ambassador. As an athlete training for her first Ironman, I need all that I can get for RECOVERY. This being said, I was thrilled to accept their invitation to be an Ambassador! I am excited to tell you today all about Bio Skin and give you some insight on my first-hand experience with the product. Jake at Bio Skin sent me a pair of Compression Calf Sleeves to sample, and I will be writing about those and my experience.
So, you may be wondering… what are the benefits of compression as an athlete?
(taken from the Bio Skin website)
During exercise, your muscles are exposed to forces that cause vibration. This major cause of muscle fatigue, known as muscle oscillation, can be reduced when wearing compression garments. This leads to improved muscle endurance, strength and power.
Compression provides greater recovery from muscle soreness caused by exercise by helping the pumping action of the cardiovascular system; removing blood lactate from muscles leads to faster muscle repair and recovery.
REDUCE MUSCLE DAMAGE
Compression reduces muscle damage (microscopic tears of the muscle fibers) caused by certain types of exercise, identified as Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Where there is pain there is damage and damage means that the muscle cannot be worked to its full potential. Therefore reducing the rate of muscle damage can have a direct effect on the productivity of the muscle.
Compression increases proprioception, which heightens senses and awareness for enhanced stability and agility. Proprioception can also help with improved technique as you remain aware of your body’s positioning, improving the balance control system and muscle coordination.
There are many compression brands out there. If you go to an expo before a race (like the Boston Marathon for example) you will be flooded with different brands of recovery skins, sleeves, socks, etc. It can be a bit overwhelming to know what type of compression will work best for you. I have tried many brands of these sleeves but honestly, nothing has felt as comfortable or as smooth on my calves as Bio Skin. It literally feels like a second skin.
Most compression sleeves are a ‘sock’ material, think of a cotton blend with stretch. Bio Skin’s sleeves are set apart from the rest, they are seamless and you won’t even notice you’re wearing them. Bio Skin is thin and gives radial compression so it conforms nicely to the curves of the body. Bio Skin is also breathable, so perspiration evaporates right through it, and is hypo-allergenic so you don’t have to worry about skin reactions. hen worn, the high-level compression helps reduce muscle vibration and increase circulation so you can train more often, feel less pain and recover faster. The distinctive SkinLok™ feature of Bio Skin material ensures the sleeve won’t slide down the leg, no matter how vigorous your activity.
My experience with BioSkin:
Lucky for me, I received my Bio Skin Calf Sleeves just days before I raced the Patriot Half Ironman- perfect timing! Before going to the race, I made sure I stretched the material in my calf sleeves, slightly (as the instructions recommended). This made it easier to put on the sleeves after the race. As soon as I finished racing, I put on the calf sleeves. I wore them throughout the day, all day, post race. I then wore the sleeves the entire day after the race. I did not sleep with the sleeves on (although I’m sure I could have). The day after the race, my muscles felt great and less sore than they typically do after a long race, like a Half Ironman. I attribute my lack of muscle soreness to a combination of proper training, recovery fuel and wearing the Bio Skin Sleeves. Also, my calves were feeling great after wearing the sleeves, and were less ‘tense’ than they normally are after racing.
Since I had such a positive experience with my Bio Skin Sleeves, I have been wearing them after tough training sessions and even during recovery bike rides. They will be a staple during the rest of my Ironman training and beyond!
If you are interested in trying Bio Skin products for yourself, I highly recommend them for recovery.
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Have you had success with Compression wear? When do you wear compression sleeves/socks?