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Compression pants benefits: all you need to know to work out with style

When it comes to clothing, gym wear follows the same rule of everyday clothing. Gym wear fashion is a melting pot of trends that constantly blend. Like everyday fashion, this pluralism allows us to express ourselves, and to communicate vital information about ourselves just by wearing certain clothes.

 

From our outfit, those working out with us can see at a glance a bit of our personality. For example, by wearing compression pants and t-shirts, you are either a fashion addict or seeking the best sports performance. Otherwise, vibrant colour palettes on our apparel can suggest that we are extrovert, cheerful and with a flamboyant sense of fashion.

PERFORMANCE

On the other hand, loose clothes may show we like to be comfortable as we work out, or that we are not so sure about the way our body looks. What we wear as we work out could even tell something about our relationship status, our mood and much more… In short, at the cost of sounding a bit superficial, gym wear defines us.

However, it is important to remark that gym apparel is not only a matter of style, but also and above all of practicality. Comfort, sports performance and ease of movement are just some of the features that we look for whenever we choose the best clothing for our training.

Beyond fads and trends, even the most casual gym-goers will not have missed the growing presence, both in the male and female universe, of compression pants and tights. These are usually paired with equally tight t-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeved t-shirts and sports bras.

PANTS

What at first glance may seem like ostentation of style over substance, it actually is a thought-out practical choice. In particular, compression pants are increasingly popular with those who demand increasing and high-performance results from their workout. In this article, we will analyse the benefits of compression pants, weighing the pros and cons of a trend that more and more athletes seem to embrace.

Watch out for the comfort factor

Watch out for the comfort factor

COMFORT

Despite what might appear from the outside, many of those who prefer compression pants argue that they are far more comfortable than loose and baggy pants. Personal feelings aside, it is unquestionable that compression pants benefit the user, during the work out, by getting rid of the annoying feeling of our skin rubbing against the fabric, which often causes itchiness and skin irritation.

Another great compression pants benefit is the lack of creases, laces and anything else that might get caught in the tools as we work out. In short: details make the difference.

Graduated compression pants benefits

Graduated compression pants benefits

ATHLETICISM

Compression pants embrace the philosophy of graduated compression, which is particularly popular with cyclists, runners and triathletes. The reason is easy to explain. Compression pants, oddly enough, “compress” muscle fibres, favouring blood circulation on the muscle tissues. Obviously, compression pants also affect muscles vascularization, which heats the body faster for the workout session.

Compression pants, particularly appreciated in high-intensity workouts such as Skillathletic’s Boost and Brave classes, has the advantage of favouring the return of venous blood to the heart and towards the lymph nodes. This characteristic may go unnoticed on the surface, but it has become extremely important in competitive or high-performance environments. For example, try a Fast class out with both loose and compression pants: you’ll notice a marked difference in your performance.

Perspiration

Perspiration

SWEAT FREE

One of the most frequent accusations, or major prejudices, about compression pants (and about compression gym wear in general), is that they don’t let the skin breathe, something that instead happens with softer t-shirts or shorts that make us uncover most of our body.

In reality, much to the dismay of staunch 1990s fitness enthusiasts, the fabrics used for compression pants are usually the result of careful technological research and manufactured with high quality materials. Hi-tech fabrics are designed to promote perspiration and not to retain the bad smells. On the contrary, this is something that usually happens with cotton clothes during high-intensity workouts. As fashion teaches, sometimes looks can be deceiving!

Compression pants: final pros and cons

Compression pants: final pros and cons

PROS

However, not all that glitters is gold. So, after having discussed about compression pants benefits in sports, it is right to point out some of its disadvantages (or what we believe as such).

The aesthetic side is important and there is no doubt that, if, on the one hand, compression pants do cover the whole lower body, on the other hand, they tighten it, putting on the spot the best and worst parts of our body. Therefore, unless you have the glutes of a Greek God or an Instagram fitness model, you should get ready to accept that you may inadvertently highlight your imperfections. Don’t worry though: through perseverance and dedication, you’ll get rid of said imperfections for sure. After all, we go to the gym for this too, don’t we?

Furthermore, let’s not overlook a risk that lies always around the corner: the sense of insecurity from wearing new clothes, that may lead us not to appreciate working out at all. For this reason, then, it is important to remember one of the most fundamental and important rules of style, valid in the gym as well as everyday wear: we must always feel comfortable with what we wear. This is the only way not to feel clumsy and out of place in any context, workout sessions included!

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