One popular sport that we have not examined in terms of the benefits of compression is rowing. This is very popular in the gym environment, along with those who are able to actually enjoy rowing on the open waters. Today’s blog is going to look at how compression wear helps in rowing class, or out on the water.
One of the main aspects of recommended clothing for rowers is that it keeps them warm and dry, while still allowing a full range of motion. Here’s a look at some of the recommendations and how compression gear fits it:
Don’t wear loose clothing items — Compression gear is especially beneficial due to it’s tightness. Baggy clothing can get caught up in the boat’s or machine’s equipment. Tighter fitting clothing choices can also provide a larger range of motion.
No cotton — Cotton can be heavy when it becomes wet. If you are out on the water, this becomes critical. You don’t want your clothing to weigh you down or keep you cold.
Use layers — If you are rowing outside, you may need to stay warm, and as we know, layering is one of the best ways to keep our body temperature comfortable. Compression is especially useful as a base layer, as your fleece or other such types of clothing will fit comfortable of it.
Your feet are important, too — Most rowing shells and boats have built-in shoes. However, when on the docks or the gym you should wear athletic shoes with grips, so you won’t be slipping and sliding on the dock. Again, we suggest not wearing cotton socks because they can easily become water-logged and can cause rubbing and chafing. Compression socks can wick away moisture, and the materials that these types of socks are made of will also reduce chafing and rubbing.
The overall benefits of compression gear and clothing will benefit you during rowing sessions. These benefits include:
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased oxygenation levels
- Muscles stabilization
- Reduced recovery times
- Reduces muscle strain/soreness
At ZeroPoint Compression, we are happy to help you select the best compression gear for your rowing activities, or any other sport you may be engaged in!