Compression clothing has long been used as a recovery method for many sports. They simply work by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the muscles in your legs, shunting lactic acid and delivering more fresh nutrients to recover faster. Studies have also proven that compression tights delayed the onset of muscle soreness for up to 24 hours. The A200 range is designed to be worn before, during or after training but my preference is for recovery. They feel great when on, comfortable and have various tighter panels where you need it, like the IT band. Available in men's and women's styles, with a new grey colour.
Pros: Very useful tights for recovery. Comfortable.
CONs: Because they come tight fitting, they are hard to put on after a long run.
Verdict: A 'one-stop' option compression tight for before, during and after sports.
KINETICA 100PC RECOVERY &EURO;29.99 OR &EURO;2.99 PER SACHET OF ORANGE/MANGO OR BLACKCURRANT,
Putting back the right nutrients into your system are crucial after a marathon run. Kinetica have put together a fast-acting, well-rounded combination of ingredients into their recovery drink mixes. Using a mix of 2:1 carbohydrate to protein mix, along with a variety of glucose compounds for replenishment, this drink tastes fairly good mixed with water. Kinetica make their own compounds and the recovery ingredient called Biotein which is a unique blend of proteins and amino acids, designed to repair damaged muscles. Kinetica is an Irish-based company.
Pros: Approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
CONs: Nothing worth noting.
Verdict: Does what it says – aids recovery. Orange/mango flavour is tasty and refreshing.