How to get the Proper Fit for Compression Wear?

Posted on 14 Dec 16:54

Compression wear can provide a runner with added support during a run and aid in recovery after a hard workout. The key to getting the most out of your compression gear is to ensure that you get the proper fit and that it fits properly. Use the following tips to ensure that you're fitting your compression wear to maximize its effectiveness. 

Best fit for Compression Gears

Tip 1

Measure your sizes. Although most compression wear is labelled with standard sizes, it is important to have the exact measurements before you purchase or try on a compression wear. To get the best fit of your calf guards (or calf sleeves), use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of the thickest part of your calves. For compression tights or shorts, measure the thickest part of your waist, thighs and calves (for compression tights). For compression shirts, measure the widest part of your rib cage. Check your measurements against the sizing chart provided. If your measurements falls on the lower end of the size, we recommend that you get a size down. For example, if your measurements is in between a size S and a size M, do get a size S instead. 

Tip 2

Getting into the compression gear. Once you purchase the compression gear, getting it on may be perhaps a little challenging. Do not bunch up compression gears when putting it on. Instead, lay the compression gear flat and slowly put it up. Once the compression gear is in place, make sure to align any part of the compression gear that it meant to provide additional compression to certain parts of your body. 

Tip 3

After getting into the gear, it is important to check that you are wearing the correct size. Move in the gear as much as possible, and check for any bunching behind any of your joints (behind the knees and elbows). If the fabric of the compression gear bunches, try a longer size. Also, feel for any part of your body that is overly constricted by the compression gear. Compression gear should feel like a second layer of skin, but should never make you feel overly constricted or cause any pain. 

Using the 3 tips mentioned, it will help to ensure that you get the best fit for your compression gears. 

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