Monthly Archives: February 2015

GET TO KNOW PAU CAPELL, SPANISH ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER

1. Hi Pau. You are a new trail runner in the Compressport family. Can you let us know a bit more about you (your sport background…) and how has been your 2014 season?

I am young and I started to race sky and ultra trail only 2 years ago. In 2013 I race 2 ultra trail and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at Menorca and Collserola. Also I compete in shorter distances in order to run more and get more experience. In 2014, I focused on ultra trail, competing in the Catalunya Championship which I won thanks to 3 victories and a 3rd place.

I also competed and finished 2nd of  Ultra Trail de Menorca (186km) and won Ultra Trail la Garrotxa. To prepare this Championship, I raced on shorter distance including MTBCN (Barcelona trail Marathon). I won each of those short races. 2014 has been great in terms of results. At the beginning of the season I just wanted to gain experience and had no real objectives. The sport is my passion and I love it, I think that is the reason why I had such a great season!

2. Why did you chose Compressport as racing and recovery gear partner? What benefits do you take from using Compressport products?

Compressport is a brand with a large range of products for all kind of sports to be used in training, during the race or for recovery. Compression is very important and efficient for the one racing with it. Indeed, the design of the product is very nice.

3. What Compressport products do you use in training/racing and recovery? Why?

I love Full Legs for recovery. They are very efficient and helps recovering better by improving blood circulation. In training, I use different products depending on the distance I have to do. I use R2 for short distances and Full Socks for long ones. I enjoy running with the Trail short which fits really well and gets the right compression around the quadriceps.

4. 2014 has been a good season for you. What are your objectives in 2015? What races do you plan on racing?

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In 2015, I want to run with the best athletes in the world in order to learn from them. I will race Transgrancanaria Advanced, Ultra Mallorca, and Ultra Sierra Nevada. I will also compete in the Skyrunner Ultra Series including Transvulcania, Ultra de Somiedo and Ultra Pirineu. I will race CCC. The place is fantastic and ideal to live a unique experience. The distance and the landscape will offer unforgettable moments. My goals are a bit ambitious and to reach them I will go step by step, race after race. The most important thing is to enjoy each race and be proud of me at the end of the season.

5. How do you feel you participation to CCC this year ? (recognition of the race, preparation)… You will race CCC in August. How will you prepare for this race? Do you plan on going to Chamonix before the race to train on the course?

Yes. To prepare the race properly, I will do some training sessions on the race course, the last one during race week. My objective on CCC is to run each kilometer like if it was the last one and be able to finish with a smile on my face. I always do my best, but if I could make a top3, it would be really great.

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6. You are young, but you race a lot. What are your best and worst memories in trail running (racing or training)?

The best memories I have in trail running is at Ultra Trail Menorca (186km). 22 hours of real suffering mixed with excitement and passion made it an incredible experience. The worst memories was at the last race of the Cataluña Championship. If I could not finish, I could not win  the championship. During the race I got lost whereas I was running ahead. I was mentally completely blocked. I could find the right way to the finish line, but the fact to get lost, with no idea where I had to go, caused me a lot of stress.

Thank you Pau Capell for your time, we look forward to see you on podiums this year again ! 

3 SCIENTIFIC FACTS ABOUT COMPRESSPORT COMPRESSION

Compression Clothing Scientific Facts

1/ MULTIGRADUAL COMPRESSION: WE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EFFORT AND RECOVERY!

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Recovery: COMPRESSPORT® for recovery is properly designed to improve the venous return and the muscle oxygenation. For that purpose the COMPRESSPORT® Full Socks apply a degressive gradient from bottom to top. Indeed pressing more at the ankle, the Full Socks force the blood toward the heart (like a pressure applied at the bottom of a tube of toothpaste causing the past to rise outside the tube)! In consequence the oxygenation is improved by 25%!

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Effort: Contrary to the competitors COMPRESSPORT® for the effort is not engineered to improve the venous return… Indeed when the calf muscles are contracted they press sufficiently on the veins to optimize the venous return… The real objective for COMPRESSPORT® is to maximize the muscular vibrations reduction! Therefore the COMPRESSPORT®  R2 and Shorts focus on the active muscles mass and reduce the vibrations until 33 %!

2/ COMPRESSION, NOT CONTENTION! 

COMPRESSPORT® is working on compression products and not on medical support stockings (contention). The difference between both is based on the elasticity… This product development based on high elasticity provides an unequal freedom of movement and an excellent comfort! The COMPRESSPORT® R2 fit perfectly the muscle variations especially in up-hill or during efforts involving sprints, jumps or direction changes.

3/ SEAMLESS COMPRESSION: MAKE THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE SWISS QUALITY…

            Contrary to the competitors COMPRESSPORT®  is developed using unique Seamless Technology! The seamless is obtained with a specific machine working at 360° while seam is obtain with a 180° one. COMPRESSPORT® sincerely believes in the seamless and has decided to invest a lot for three main reasons :

  1. Firstly, the Seamless Technology is the only way to perfectly control the compression certifying the incomparable efficiency of the COMPRESSPORT® products (+25 % oxygenation, -33 % vibrations…)!
  2. Secondly, the seamless Technology ensures more comfort compared with the use of uncomfortable seams…
  3. Then, the Seamless Technology prevents fraying and provides durability, a perfect fit and improved performances!

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TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT COMPRESSION DEBUNKED

COMPRESSION GARMENTS ARE RESERVED FOR PRO ATHLETES! WRONG.

A lot of pro athletes are using compression, but even if you are a beginner, compression will bring you the same benefits as pro athletes. During the effort, limiting vibrations, compression will reduce muscle damage, delay muscle fatigue, improve prolonged performances and prevent delayed muscle soreness). Moreover, wearing compression during recovery will increase the oxygen supply, eliminating toxins faster and preventing swelling). Everyone, either pro athletes or competitors needs the very best to reach the top.

SPORT COMPRESSION = CONTENTION ! WRONG.

Inspired by medical contention and adapted to sports, sport compression is way more more elastic and designed to maintain optimal and gradual compression levels onto working muscles. Thus, wearing elastic compression will ensure a light and fresh legs feeling while offering a great freedom of movement.

SPORT COMPRESSION ISN’T FOR EVERYONE! WRONG.

In the absence of medical contraindications, everyone can use compression.

SEAMLESS COMPRESSION = SEAMED COMPRESSION GARMENTS! WRONG.

At COMPRESSPORT®, we exclusively work with seamless processes for many reasons :

Seamless Technology allows specific compression to be engineered into the garment without the use of uncomfortable seams.
Thus, seamless technology allows the ultimate in compression, comfort, fit and performance.
Seamless means no fraying and no fraying means consistent quality of compression and longer life span. Only seamless compression products benefit from a 2 years warranty

WARM WEATHER MAKES COMPRESSION UNBEARABLE! WRONG.

All Compressport products are made with light and breathable fibers for better thermoregulation. We’ve reached this maximum potential with the revolutionary and patented fibre used in the brand new PRO R2 SWISS, which is, thanks to its bio-ceramic crystals, able to reflect indefinitely these distant infrared signals. This “mirror effect” activates the microcirculation on the surface of the skin (+92%) and leads to a secondary benefit : Better thermoregulation (+51%*).

* Independent results measured by the KosmoSCIENCE Institute laboratory.

COMPRESSION BENEFITS AREN’T SCIENTIFICALLY DEMONSTRATED! WRONG.

Two recent meta-analysis* (based on 40 scientific studies on compression) related to sport compression have shown that using compression garments induces athletes’ better performances and recovery whatever the sport practiced… If some minor studies actually do not relate any positive effects, it seems that the use of unsuitable type of compression (too strong or weak compression, for example) jeopardize these conclusions.

* Born DP, Sperlich B, Holmberg HC. Bringing light into the dark: effects of compression clothing on performance and recovery. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 2013;8:4-18
* Hill J, Howatson G, van Someren K, Leeder J, Pedlar C. Compression garments and recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage: a meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med, 2014;48:1340-1346

WE CAN’T USE COMPRESSION FOR EVERY SPORT. WRONG.

Increasing the venous return, reducing the vibrations (-33%), reducing the risk of injuries (-29%), enhancing the recovery and the muscle oxygenation (+15-20%), compression garments can be used for every disciplines. From Trail Running, to Triathlon, through Cycling or Swimming, from Football to Rugby or Basketball, every sportsman needs garments he can trust to help him increase its performances and thus to protect himself.

ALL COMPRESSION GARMENTS MAY BE USED IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCES! WRONG.

In order to allow any athlete or sportsman to optimize its performances in any occasion, COMPRESSPORT has developed a wide range of products to meet every specific need. Before, during or after the effort, your body needs different types of stimuli. Feeling of lightness before, reducing vibrations and thus delaying fatigue and risk of injuries during, recover faster after : each product, however versatile, is designed to suit more one or the other need, this in order to reach maximal efficiency.

COMPRESSION GARMENTS CAN’T REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURIES! WRONG.

A scientific study carried out on more than 1200 sportsmen and presented to the last International Olympic Committee (Monaco 2014)* has shown a significant reduction in risk of injuries (29%) if the sportsman always and rigorously use compression during its trainings and competitions.
*Ménétrier A (2014). The use of elastic compression to decrease the risk of injuries.Br J Sports Med 48:638

COMPRESSPORT ONLY DO COMPRESSION! WRONG.

Compression is for sure COMPRESSPORT®’s core business. This technical environment, very performance-oriented and aiming at accompany the athletes before, during and after the effort have allowed COMPRESSPORT® to develop other specific technologies such as the Postural, the Ultra-Light or Extreme Comfort. These ultra-efficient products are designed to support you during your craziest runs and races as well as during your more demanding trainings.

TOP 10 COMPRESSPORT® BENEFITS

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COMPRESSPORT® BENEFITS : DURING EFFORT !

1/ ANTI-VIBRATION: -33 %

COMPRESSPORT® acts like a muscle support and limits the muscular vibrations induced by the shocks with the ground.

2/ REDUCED MUSCLE DAMAGE: -42 %

The vibrations are known to cause muscle damage and accelerate fatigue during prolonged efforts. COMPRESSPORT® limiting the vibrations reduces the muscle damage and prevents the muscle fatigue. Consequently the prolonged performances are improved: trail running, marathon race…

3/ ANTI-INFLAMMATION: -52 %

Less muscle damage with COMPRESSPORT® means less inflammation and better subsequent recovery.

4/ ANTI-PAIN: -50 %

Less damage and inflammation with COMPRESSPORT® means less pain during the effort and prevented delayed muscle onset soreness during the subsequent recovery. 

5/ REDUCED RISK OF INJURIES AND CRAMPS: -29 %

Tendinitis, shin splints and muscular injuries are decreased when Compressport® is always used during the effort. Limiting vibrations, COMPRESSPORT® guarantees a better muscular maintain and ensure less stress on the tendons! Other explanations are due to hamodynamic (less inflammation), thermal (accelerated warm-up) or neuronal effects (better proprioceptive feedback). 

Alberto Contador Recovery Ride With Compressport

COMPRESSPORT® BENEFITS : DURING RECOVERY (OR FOR WELL-BEING):

1/ VENOUS RETURN IMPROVEMENT: +20 %

COMPRESSPORT® presses on the veins and activates the venous return at rest – like a pressure applied on a tube of toothpaste causing the past to rise outside the tube.

2/ IMPROVED MUSCLE OXYGENATION: FROM +15 % TO +25 %

Activating the venous return COMPRESSPORT® improves the overall blood circulation and increases the muscle oxygenation. The muscles need oxygen to better recover!

3/ ANTI-TOXIN: -13 %

Venous return improvement resulting from using COMPRESSPORT® during recovery is also responsible for eliminating more quickly the toxins such as blood lactates. Consequently the recovery process is accelerated and the pain is reduced.

4/ ANTI-SWELLING: -100 %

Other consequence of venous return improvement with COMPRESSPORT® is that swelling of legs (which occurs when venous return is not activated especially in passive standing or sitting position or due to inflammation after an effort) is totally prevented! Thus COMPRESSPORT® guarantees athletes a feeling of light and fresh legs! Delayed muscle onset soreness and discomfort due to swelling and inflammation are also reduced!

5/ IMPROVED SUBSEQUENT PERFORMANCE: +7 W

Consequently to better recovery resulting from using COMPRESSPORT® the subsequent performances during tournament of fight and team sports or BMX and mountain bike are improved (+7 W for a second 5-min maximal cycling exercise preceded by a 15-min recovery with Compressport®).

 

PROJECT WHITE FLOW ACONCAGUA

COMPRESSPORT athlete Fernanda Maciel gives back to local communities

Fernanda shows it is not always all about sport, but as well giving to local communities with different kind of projects under the name “White Flow”. She started in 2012 with White Flow Camino de Santiago. She ran the famous pilgrim track that crosses France and Spain by mountains, paths and villages. 860km in 10 days without support crew. Solidarity means a lot to Fernanda and she visited and raised funds for children suffering from Cancer.

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Solidarity all over the world

Stunned by the 2012 experience, Fernanda repeated it for White Flow Favela da Rocinha in Brazil running through the alleys, stairways and paths of this most dangerous favela in Brazil, but showing that thanks to the Peacemaker Policy Units program, inhabitants of the favelas can go out of poverty and danger thanks to social activities. Today are happening running and MTB events inside the Favela da Rocinha. In Nepal, Fernanda ran and won the Everest Trail Race, a COMPRESSPORT event, and worked with the Foundation Mountaineers for Himalayas aiming at building basic education projects in the area of Himalayas.

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White Flow Aconcagua

Some of the most prestigious trail runners in the world were in the Aconcagua area at the end of 2014. While a new male record was being recorded, Fernanda Maciel was working at cleaning the Aconcagua National Park, educate people to recycling. But she as well visited and helped children without nutrition of Conin Foundation. Fernanda made her attempt of setting the female record running up to the top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America, culminating at 6.989m. The first part of the ascension went well, but around 6.000m of altitude she felt big pains in lungs and throat due to extreme conditions (-20°c, winds at 55kmh), and had to be evacuated by helicopter once at the base camp at 4.300m “I came already with a sore throat from the last expedition! High mountains are so exhausting! But yesterday was the day to try it, because we had the better weather until then! So it was and I gave it ALL!”

Fernanda Maciel will come back later in Aconcagua, and is now focusing on Ultra Trail events for 2015.

SKYRUNNING CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS KICKS OFF IN ASIA

Skyrunning Continental Championship

The first race of the 2015 season started at Sai Kung, Hong-Kong.The new scoring system allows the athlete to run Continental Championship events which will count in the final ranking.

 

Compressport athletes Elisa Desco, Marco De Gasperi and Martin Gaffuri were on the start line of the technical and challenging Skyrunning event 28km, 1945m D+.

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Marco De Gasperi took a good start but made a mistake and went on a wrong path. Once back on the right way, he was third and kept this place until the end. “I regret my mistake, but really love this tough and challenging race.”

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French Martin Gaffuri took a good 7th place.

Elisa Desco ran well and stayed with another competitor most of the race. At km22, only 10 seconds separated the two runners. Elisa made a surge on the last kilometers and won the race by only 42” ahead of her runner-up.

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Compressport is proud to be an official Partner of the International Skyrunning Federation and Skyrunning World Series this year. Hong-Kong Compressport distributor was also present on-site. Supported by Elisa Desco and Marco De Gasperi, and the great organization of the event, the expo has been a success.

Compressport official supplier of Tinkoff Saxo !

Tinkoff Saxo riders will also use COMPRESSPORT® ON/FF Shirt and Trail Running Shirt for their workout. The 1st Layer shirt is both breathable and compressive thanks to the ON/OFF Technology, while the Trail Running Short is comfortable, light and compressive on specific areas to improve blood oxygenation and delay muscle fatigue.

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Compression is key in the recovery process of pro riders, be it during travels, training periods, classics or Grand Tours. COMPRESSPORT® will work closely with the Teams and the riders to develop or improve existing products to better match to the specificities of the sport of cycling. 

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Tinkoff Saxo Pro Cycling Team

 

COMPRESSPORT WILL SUPPLY 8 PRO TOUR CYCLING TEAMS

COMPRESSPORT® is proud to confirm its presence in the peloton partnering with 8 UCI Pro Teams for 2015. 

COMPRESSPORT® will supply pro cycling teams among the best in the world, including:

  • Etixx-Quick Step (EQS, Belgium)
  • FDJ (FDJ, France)
  • IAM Cycling (IAM, Switzerland)
  • Lampre-Merida (LAM, Italy)
  • Lotto Soudal (LTS, Belgium)
  • Team LottoNL-Jumbo (TLJ, Netherlands)
  • Tinkoff-Saxo (TCS, Russia)
  • Trek Factory Racing (TFR, USA)

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Compression is key in the recovery process of pro riders, be it during travels, training periods, classics or Grand Tours. We’ll work closely with the Teams and the riders to develop or improve existing products to better match to the specificities of the sport of cycling.
 
Teams will use:
 
  • Pro Racing Armsleeves
  • Full Legs
  • ForQuad
  • R2 calf sleeves
  • Full Socks V2
The Swiss cycling team IAM Cycling, which recently got its Pro Tour License, will also race with : 
 
  • Pro Racing Socks Bike in both Standard and UltraLight version 
  • ON/OFF shirts as base layer
 
COMPRESSPORT® also launches Team Replica product lines for each of its teams allowing fans to use the same compression products as their favorite teams and riders. Born in Switzerland in 2008, COMPRESSPORT ® is the benchmark product in the sports compression market. It is the only brand to offer seamless products specially designed and developed for each different muscle chains.
 
COMPRESSPORT® is recognized as a leader in compression thanks to the technical features and unique designs of its product range and their quality. Developed in Switzerland, all the compression products are manufactured in Europe. As the official Compression Partner of many World Class triathletes and trail runners and with this new sensational high performance alliance with 8 UCI Pro Teams, COMPRESSPORT® continues its breakaway in the cycling market.
 
 
See you soon on the road of the most prestigious cycling races in the world!

When should I eat Fibers?

When Should I Eat Fibers

BEFORE AND DURING THE RACE: NO!

High fiber foods like vegetables, grains and fruits are high in fiber. They need to be avoided before and during the race. They can cause gastrointestinal distress or diarrhea, which is not good for running, especially before and during the race. While those foods are good, healthy food choices for runners, they may cause digestive issues  to those who consume them the night before or during the day of the race!

So, please, take care of it! NO vegetables, integral bread, integral biscuits or fruits with high fibers during the dinner or breakfast before your race. It can make all the difference.

In my opinion, the good option can be:

Refined carbs: White rice and plain bagels (ciabatta, pita bread) are good choices. They are easier on your stomach because the whole grain is already broken down. A plain bagel with some peanut butter (and a glass of water) would be a safe choice before a long run race.

Low-Fiber fruits and veggies: If you really want to eat fruits or vegetables before your race: tomatoes, zucchini, olives and grapefruit are all low in fiber.

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DURING YOUR TRAINING DAY: YES!

The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily fiber intake of 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women, which may come from dietary fibers, both soluble or insoluble, or the addition of “functional fibers” to the diet.Why is fiber good? Because fiber plays an essential role in our heart, skin health, and may improve blood sugar control and weight management. Fiber gets the molecules of the fat inside our organism and helps it to eliminate the fat.Fiber helps lower cholesterol (especially “bad” cholesterol).Fiber promotes regular bowel movements, slows the digestion of fiber-containing foods which increases satiety and releases glucose into the bloodstream more slowly, which prevents spikes in insulin.

During our daily life and training it is not a problem to have fibers, but always respecting the right quantity !

Enjoy your training and race!

Javier Gomez Noya joins the COMPRESSPORT® Team

Olympic Silver Medalist and 4-Times ITU Triathlon World Champion Javier Gomez Noya joins the COMPRESSPORT® Team
COMPRESSPORT® is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Olympic silver medalist and recent Ironman 70.3 World Champion Javier Gomez Noya.
The Spanish triathlon star will showcase the revolutionary compression brand.
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An unparalleled career:
Gomez Noya, 31, is a 4-Times ITU Triathlon, and has been ranked among the top three short course triathlete in the World for close to a decade. A model of consistency, he has made every spanish Olympic and World Championships team since 2008. Regarded as one of the most talented athlete ever to compete in the sport of triathlon, Javier Gomez Noya has accumulated one of the best records ever achieved: Javier is 4 times and current ITU World Champion, Olympic Silver Medalist in London 2012, three times ITU European Champion, X.-Terra World Champion, ITU Half distance European Champion, and Ironman 70.3 World Champion. All this among other results such as 14 ITU World Cup and 6 World Series wins.
The Olympics in sight:
Javier Gomez Noya will start his 2015 season with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in sight. The 2015 World Triathlon Series opens at Abu Dhabi in March to finish in September at Chicago. The focus on achieving his challenging dream of becoming Olympic Champion in Rio de Janeiro 2016.
Why Javier has chosen COMPRESSPORT®?
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“I had the opportunity to see and test the products at Kona last October and loved them. I use the Pro Racing Socks for training and racing on half iron events. They are really light, easy and fast to put on and come with a nice design. I use the Full Socks for recovery and long travels. They are anti-swelling, remove the fatigue from my legs and make long flights more comfortable”.
Welcome to Javier in the COMPRESSPORT® family!