SKINS COMPRESSION FOR TRAIL RUNNING
Trail running is a dynamic activity in which, with every footstrike, 3-4x your body weight is absorbed through your joints and muscles. When trail running, you use four main muscles groups; your calf muscles, quadriceps muscles, glutes and arms. And there are a few things to be aware of when you hit the trails, such as energy loss, sluggish performance, muscle tears and a lack of thermo-regulation of the muscles. SKINS help solve these problems.
It has been established that wearing SKINS during your run, assists in improving running economy. This means that you’ll feel more comfortable when running at tempo and you’ll run further and for longer – no more sluggish performances! Due to the compression in SKINS, blood flow is accelerated, which means more oxygen is delivered to active muscles helping flush away waste product build-up AKA lactic acid, AKA the bad stuff. SKINS also help reduce muscle oscillation – the muscles’ movement caused by the vibration when the foot hits the ground. Muscle oscillation is bad because it spends more energy and can lead to injury, SKINS wraps the muscles, stabilising them and preventing muscle oscillation. No more unsteadiness!
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHY
#1 RULE: RECOVERY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PERFORMANCE.
Without recovery, there is no performance. Your muscles get broken down when you run, and if you don’t allow yourself to recover properly, you put yourself at risk of injury. Recovery is about applying the correct amount of pressure to passive muscles. This is why the graduated compression levels we apply to the working muscles with our performance garments are different from our recovery garments. These muscles need the correct compression to help the flow of oxygen, which in turn, accelerates repair.