If you are a weightlifting enthusiast it is quite possible you have seen your gym-mates wearing compression pants, shorts or tights during their workouts. You probably are asking “do compression tights help with weightlifting?” Let’s take a quick look at that question.
Research and anecdotal input has indicated that compression tights/pants can reduce soreness, both during and after a workout.
As you are probably aware, soreness occurs when you push your muscles beyond a certain limit. This can be caused by excessive workouts and even the accidental pull of a muscle. In any case, your muscles that have been affected by injury or overwork can take days to heal and can keep you from your regular workouts.
These injuries can happen for any number of reasons including:
- Not being fully warmed up
- Wrong positions when weightlifting
- Trying to lift too much weight resulting in torn muscles
Interestingly, muscle damage can also occur during normal daily routines or even if you bathe too soon while the body is too warm.
How Compression Tights Help With Weightlifting
So just how do compression tights help with weightlifting? Basically it is the compression element of the gear. Compression gear, including pants and leggings are constructed of stretchable materials, including Lycra and Spandex that provides pressure to help keep the muscles in their proper positions.
You will find that not only weightlifters, but also other athletes and sports people will wear compression to avoid muscle injuries.
The experience of wearing compression is akin to a “second skin”. It is another skin layer that compresses the body part with the wearing feeling a slight “pressure”. This is the pressure or compression that keeps those muscles in place, as well as reducing soreness.
Other Compression Benefits
In addition to reducing the possibility of muscle injury/soreness, compression gear can accentuate your work out by increasing the oxygen levels in your blood to perhaps increase your performance.
Compression gear can also help keep you comfortable during a workout. You will remain cooler or warmer in those situations where you may be working out in less than optimal temperatures.
You can also experience faster recovery and less post-workout soreness because compression gear can help eliminate lactic acid buildup in the muscles that can cause soreness.
Finally, because compression gear can also be a fashion statement, you will feel better about your performance because you have that terrific feeling of looking great during your workout. So do compression tights help with weightlifting? Overall, yes, due to its injury prevention and recovery benefits.
If you have any other questions about compression clothing for weightlifting, or any other sports or recreation activity, please just ask one of our very knowledgeable team members at ZeroPoint Compression.