We’re all familiar with compression clothing but there’s still a lot of confusion around the benefits of compression for cyclists and when socks, calf guards and full compression tights should be worn.
We enlisted the help of Andy Chatterton, brand manager for Compressport to shed some light on the compression debate. In addition to working for a compression brand, Andy is a gifted athlete, having competed in Xterra events at both European and World level. He is no stranger to the benefits that compression can have:
Compression for Cyclists: Recovery
Blood can stagnate in the calf after exercise. By wearing compression for just 15 minutes you will improve your circulation by 15%, improve oxygenation of your blood by 15% and increases toxin elimination by around 13%.
You should look at compression socks as another essential element for recovery – on par with your protein shake. Compression of your muscles will help to reduce performance fatigue, gearing you up for your next session.