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The COMPRESSPORT PRO R2 SWISS

1. Research and development focused on performance

A. Revolutionary fiber: Bio­Ceramic Crystals

To improve thermoregulation, COMPRESSPORT® PRO R2 SWISS is made of a revolutionary fiber called Bio­Ceramic Crystals. As you may know, the body produces thermal energy invisible to the naked eye, called ‘far infrareds’. The revolutionary and patented fiber used in the PRO R2 SWISS, thanks to its  bio­ceramic crystals, is able to reflect indefinitely that far infrared signal. This ‘mirror effect’ activates the microcirculation  on  the  surface  of  the  skin  (+92  %)*  and  leads  to  secondary  benefits  including  better thermoregulation (+51 %)*.

B. Unequalled freedom of use and easy to put on

Thanks  to  its  rethought  construction,  the  PRO  R2  SWISS  is  unbelievably  stretchable:  107%  more elastic and stretchable than the classic R2. Totally designed and produced in Switzerland, the PRO R2 SWISS: ­

  1. Is extremely easy to put on: less than 5 seconds! In comparison most calf sleeves available on the market  take between 15 and 45 sec! (A significant saving of time during the transition in triathlon!)
  2. Provides, at the same time, a feeling of strength and incomparable freedom. ­
  3. Fits perfectly to the shape of the calf without any feeling of restriction.

Thus, you’ll never feel any uncomfortable squeezing due to a compression that becomes too strong. It’s especially true when the calf swells the most: i.e. when climbing, on the tip of your toes, in explosive and/or lactic activities. The PRO R2 SWISS are also the ideal sleeves for intense and explosives efforts, for vertical races and team sports, racket sports, combat and other athletic disciplines involving sprints, jumps, and changes of direction.

If  that  was  not  enough,  the  PRO  R2  SWISS  is  the  lightest  on  the  market:  11  g!  Including  a  ONE LAYER finishing it does not retain water (does not act like a sponge!) and dries quickly!

2. Still loyal to its original missions

A. Fresh legs feeling and kick up warming before the race !

  1. Venous return improvement (+20 %) and increase in calf muscle oxygenation (+25 %). ­
  2. Preventing leg swelling (­100 %: the swelling is totally prevented!) and associated pains and discomfort. No ‘heavy leg syndrome’ before the race!
  3. Accelerating warm-­up ensuring less risk of muscle injuries.

Wearing the PRO R2 SWISS for 1 hour before the effort provides a feeling of light and fresh legs – ready to perform!

B. Anti muscle damage and improved performances during efforts.

Wearing the PRO R2 SWISS during running efforts limits muscular  vibrations induced by the impacts with the ground. As a result:

  1. The muscular oscillations are reduced (­33 %). ­
  2. The muscle damage induced by the shocks is also decreased!

In  consequence  it  delays  muscle  fatigue  and reduces  pains  facilitating  the  improvement  of prolonged performance as in trail running or triathlon.

Finally the PRO R2 SWISS plays a key role in injuries prevention (­29 %), especially in terms of shin  splits  or  tendinitis  thanks  to  the  reduction  of  vibration  and  the  improvement  of proprioceptive feedback.

C. Enhanced recovery, ready to start again !

  1. Venous return improvement (+20 %) and increase in calf muscle oxygenation (+25 %). ­
  2. Accelerated toxins removal (faster elimination of lactate)
  3. Prevented leg swelling (­100 %: the swelling is totally prevented!) and associated pains and discomfort.

In summering wearing the PRO R2 SWISS for 1 hour in recovery is effective to prevent the delayed onset muscle soreness (­50 %) and accelerate the recovery!

Get to know Brent McMahon

Hello Brent. The last time we talked was after your impressive win at IronMan Arizona. 1st IronMan, 1st victory, 1st sub8 performance. Have you ever imagined such a perfect day at your first try?

I definitely didn’t think that my first Ironman would turn out that well.  I saw myself executing a great race and knowing I had a good shot at hitting the podium and possibly winning if everything went to plan.  I didn’t have any nutrition and GI issues throughout the race so I was able focus pacing and pushing hard to the finish towards the end.

For those who do not know you (yet). You are 2 times Olympian racing for Canada, winner of a lot of IM70.3 and some XTerra as well. How do you adapt your training for those really different races?

I have always been able to adapt well to different types of training and I grew up mountain biking so the Xterra racing came naturally.  I have also worked with the same coach (Lance Watson) for almost 20 years so he knows my skills and training style and has helped me prepare for whatever race I choose to do.  We do a lot of the same types of training no matter what race I am doing, but we always do some very specific workouts for the race and even the type of course I am doing.

What are your objectives for 2015? Do you plan on racing Kona and Maui?

My main goal for 2015 and the next few years is racing Kona and trying to get onto the podium. I really enjoy racing the Xterra in Maui, so I look forward to the challenge of the double. 🙂

We have seen some photos of you at your bike sponsor HQs working in Wind Tunnel. You pay attention to every details that could make the difference. What Compressport R2 and Armsleeves brought you during IM Arizona?

Racing is getting so competitive and the finish times are often within seconds, so I have always looked to the details to find “free” time and efficiency.  Going into Arizona I knew muscle damage and fatigue plays a huge part in the second half of the marathon.  The R2 calve sleeves really came into play as I was able to run my second half marathon within two minutes of my first.  I put on the Arm sleeves for the bike for two reasons, firstly to keep warm as it was a cool day but secondly after swimming hard and then riding in the aero position for four hours the compression helps with the arm fatigue.

You are a big fan of compression. How do you use it during your preparation and everyday life?

I use my compression socks, calve sleeves and arm sleeves while training to help reduce muscle damage so that my recovery from workouts if quicker allowing me to train harder at the next session. Post workout I use the leg sleeves to increase blood flow and speed recovery. And then one of the most important uses is when I fly I use my compression socks to prevent swelling and reduce that stagnant feeling off of the plane which is vital when preparing for a race.

You are able to perform on short distance (Olympics), IronMan both long and half, but as well on XTerra. What are your best and worst memories?

I have been racing for over 20 years now and I have had such a great opportunity to travel all over the world.  This has led to many great memories traveling with National team members, coaches, family, friends and making new connections in all these new places.  My years racing the US Xterra circuit were very memorable as it was a really fun group of athletes and a very laid back racing atmosphere which was a nice change from the ITU and Olympic qualifying circuit.  Ironman and half Ironman is a nice mix of both ITU and Xterra pros and cons which I am really enjoying right now.

Thanks a lot for your time, Brent. Good luck for your 2015 season!