Training in Compression Gear Helps You Build Strength

Superman might have been on to something when he was wearing those tight spandex.

A new study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that exercising in compression gear can help you build strength.

How? The study took powerlifters wearing “squat suits”, (extremely tight singlets that functions to basically restrict blood flow to the working muscles), and compared them to another set of powerlifters that performed the same work out routine but were not wearing the squat suits. This “blood flow occlusion training” has been seen to improve strength athletes by allowing them to increase their bench press, squat, and Deadlift load.

What does this do? The theory is by limiting blood flow and occluding the muscle, metabolites stimulate the production of anabolic hormones like growth hormone, IGF-1, and testosterone–all very important factors in muscle growth and strength gains.

Sheddon is proud to be a carrier of Zensah Compression, a leader in compression garments. Zensah garments work similar to improve your daily workout by providing a graduated compression throughout the muscles.

Athletes aren’t the only ones that will benefit from Zensah compression. Who will thank Zensah garments them the most?

  • People who sit in their car or at their desk for long hours
  • People who need to be on their feet for extended periods
  • Pregnant women
  • People who require bed rest
  • Anyone who experiences any discomfort in their legs during their daily activities (Restless Leg Syndrome and Lymphedema)
  • Frequent flyers traveling by air

If you would like to learn more about Zensah, or would like to try a pair for yourself, please call us at (905) 849-4576.

Godawa, T. M., Credeur, D. P., & Welsch, M. A. (2012). Influence of compressive gear on powerlifting performance: Role of blood flow restriction training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(5), 1274-1280. Retrieved from www.scopus.com

By Dana Clark