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Compression Gear Benefits: How CW-X Compression Wear Gives You A Leg Up On The Competition

Using compressing gear during your workout can give you a leg up on your competitionWomen’s and Men’s compression wear, also known as “recovery wear,” is a form of high-tech clothing designed to contour to the body. It works by helping tired and worn-out muscles heal and recover more quickly. CW-X’s patented EXO-WEB™ technology mimics kinesiology-taping techniques trainers apply to injured or overworked muscles. When applied, it creates an exoskeletal support system that improves biomechanics when in motion.

Whether you’re wearing compression shorts, tights, tops or sleeves, these intricate garments have been found to support and increase overall athletic performance. Compression gear benefits, in terms of your workout, are pretty impressive.

Using Compression Gear for Workouts


Before your workout, compression tights, tops or sleeves can help to warm up your muscles and prep them for increased intensity.

Peak Workout

During your workout, compression wear helps to support key areas of your body. Compression gear can then decrease muscle oscillation, increase blood flow and focus power, so your muscles work properly and efficiently. This means you can be active longer and recover faster.

Post Workout

After your workout, variable compression facilitates circulation while minimizing lactic acid build-up and muscle soreness, meaning less recovery time post workout.

While there are countless compression gear benefits, there are a few important ones that can give you an edge over your competition when you use them to regularly workout or exercise in. Let’s explore why athletes are flocking to compression wear for their workout routines.

Why Do Today’s Athletes Choose Compression Gear


The stretchy, durable second-skin material that compression wear is made of means you can trust that it won’t hold you back in the gym and will boost your movement efficiency. Stretch, extend, lift and test your range of movement — compression wear will be there for you every single time.


Compression gear has been found to help to stabilize your body when lifting weights. When squeezing and applying pressure to the muscles, the compression supports the strain in each of your muscle groups, giving you greater overall stability. This is just another way that it can help the ongoing recovery process to get you through any workout, match, meet or game.


Form-fitting compression wear acts as a circulatory pump, aiding in reducing swelling following rigorous workouts or physical activity. This increase in blood flow, and thus increase in oxygen flow, can help an athlete recover more quickly than an athlete who didn’t wear compression gear. This “second skin” allows wearers to bounce back after workouts rapidly and enhances their athletic performance.


If you partake in strenuous exercise, recovery can be a lengthy process. But compression gear has been found to help speed up this recovery time, aiding in rebuilding your muscles post-workout to get a jump on your competition. Compression clothing and sleeves increase blood pressure and reduce soreness, healing broken muscle tissue quickly while reducing symptoms of swelling and poor circulation.

Get Ahead of the Competition with CW-X

Looking for a way to boost your workout performance and recovery? CW-X Compression Gear helps you find that athletic edge you’ve been looking for. Browse our full premium collection of men’s compression wear and compression clothing for women. Have a question or need more information? Contact us today — we’re happy to help!

Why You Should Be Training With Compression Gear

Runners on the beach wearing CW-X compression gearWhether you’re a weight trainer, a runner, a baseball player or a yogi, we’re all looking to improve our performance on and off the “field.” Athlete compression wear can help.

You’ve no doubt seen people in the gym or running around your neighborhood in form-fitting, muscle-supporting compression gear. But what is it and why should you be wearing it? Today, we’re answering that question and more about athletic compression wear and why it just might be the thing to give you an edge in your training.

Types Of Compression Gear

Most who wear compression gear say it’s similar to wearing a second skin. It acts as a secondary layer that compresses the body with slight pressure. This compression keeps muscles in place while reducing soreness.

There are all types of compression wear on the market today. The most popular items include tights, leggings, shorts, sports bras, tops and sleeves. Which items you choose will depend on your workout routine and any potential problem areas or areas of weakness that you’d like to strengthen.

The Benefits Of Compression Wear

Before delving into the top benefits of compression gear, you should understand the basic process of how it works. To put it simply, compression wear is designed to optimize the three critical phases of the conditioning cycle:

  1. During pre-workout, compression sleeves or clothing can help to warm up the muscles before increasing overall intensity.
  2. Then, when you’re at your workout peak, compression gear offers your body maximum support.
  3. Post-workout, compression accessories can help to accelerate recovery.

There are many overlapping benefits to compression sleeves and clothing that can help athletes or those who are physically active get in better health. The following are just a few.


Compression gear works by decreasing the overall vibrations in skeletal muscles. This can thus reduce exposure to muscle trauma and increase overall power and endurance. With improved performance, you’ll experience better support and less pain, swelling and soreness post workout.

CW-X compression wear provides targeted support to key areas of the body, decreasing muscle oscillation, increasing muscle oxygenation and targeting key muscles to help you train and work out more efficiently.

Protection & Injury Prevention

While it’s not always the main reason someone purchases compression wear, the training clothing and sleeves can actually act as a layer of sun protection for your skin. They can also protect you from bumps and cuts that might occur during gameplay or training.

In athletics and exercise, compression clothing can be vital for injury prevention. The popular workout wear facilitates circulation, minimizing the build-up of lactic acid and muscle soreness. Compression gear helps to prevent any potential tightness, loosening up muscles for the entirety of your workout.

Support & Muscle Recovery

Athletes rely on compression gear to stay active longer and recover from workouts faster. Our injury prevention compression gear utilizes patented CW-X EXO WEB technology that mimics kinesiology-taping techniques. When applied to muscles and joints, it creates an exoskeletal support system, improving and supporting the body’s biomechanics during motion.

And post-workout, compression wear can help you recover sooner by enabling blood flow to circulate quickly to the heart. This, in turn, helps to heal any injuries you may have gotten during your workout.


To cap off the many benefits of compression wear, the pieces are extremely form-fitting and flattering. In your compression clothing, you’ll feel more energized and confident during your workout because you’ll feel and look great. This can have a small, but significant impact on your training routine.

Reinvigorate Your Workout With CW-X

If you’re looking to boost your athletic performance on and off the field (or court), it’s time to try CW-X. Browse our high-quality collection of compression gear and accessories, from women’s compression shorts to men’s tights. Have a question or need more information? Contact us today — we’re here to help!

CW-X is an official sponsor of the 2016 Battlefrog College Championship. June 30- Jul 2nd 8pm ET on ESPN

FB_Post_byBattleFrogAll competitors in the series will wear CW-X PerformX Shorts, which provide targeted support to the hip flexors, quadriceps, and IT bands for improved performance during the race, and faster recovery afterward. The CW-X logo will be featured on an obstacle in the race, and on-course signage. “The intense performance demands of obstacle racing are a natural fit for CW-X,” said John L.A. Wilson, president and COO of The Wacoal Sports Science Corp. “We’re proud to help the competitors improve their performance as they run the course, and excited to see the CW-X brand on ESPN.” The Battle Frog College Championships pit 16 teams of four competitors each in a single elimination, bracket style competition to determine a champion. Racers must clamber over walls and ladders, carry heavy bags and jerry cans, swing on ropes, and crawl through mud to reach the finish line of each 8km. long race.

BattleFrog (battlefrogseries.com) features an exciting American-themed race festival with music, food, entertainment, fitness vendors and plenty of viewing areas to catch all the action. Every obstacle is completable, as BattleFrog is designed to bring together participants of all skill and experience levels. The BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series is one of the nation’s fastest growing outdoor fitness events. Expertly designed by Navy SEALs and SeaBees, BattleFrog is heralded as one of the top obstacle racing companies by industry publications, and is widely considered the most challenging Elite Points Series events in OCR.


Runner’s World – January/February 2016

Women's Running Cover January/February 2016

Women’s Running – January/February 2016

The Red Bulletin Cover - January 2016

The Red Bulletin – January 2016

Women's Running Cover December 2015

Women’s Running – December 2015

Running Insight – December 2015

Women’s Running – October 2015

Outside Winter 2015-2016 Buying Guide

Outside Winter Buyer’s Guide – Winter 2015-2016

Shape Magazine Cover October 2015

Shape Magazine – October 2015

CW-X Sponsored Players in Rugby World Cup

CW-X sponsored players feature in the upcoming Rugby World Cup

CW-X will be represented at the Rugby World Cup Finals (starting Sept 18th in London) by 3 players from Gloucester Rugby FC, the team for which CW-X is Official Support and Recovery partner/supplier.

Jonny May, winger, and Ben Morgan, forward, have been named to the England team, and Greig Laidlaw will captain the Scotland team as scrum-half. After qualifying, the final 20 nation’s teams will compete for the World Cup.

Less Bounce Per Ounce

The Xtra Support III running bra can be found in a bra feature on page 97 of the August Runner’s World magazine. The Xtra III is listed as one of the best for D/DD cups, and the testers praised it for minimizing bounce despite the seeming simplicity of its design.

USA Luge- Erin Hamlin team wearing the new Tanaami print tights

Erin Hamlin, Socchi 2014 Olympics Bronze medallist, USA Luge team wearing her new  limited edition Tanaami print tights.

CW-X Components Collection Expansion Calf Sleeves

CW-X Components Collection Expanded for 2015

The Components Collection, in which focused support features from CW-X tights provide individual targeted support, will be joined by the new PerformX Socks. The socks are designed to reduce fatigue, promote recovery, and support the muscles of the lower leg, ankle and foot. They will be available in blue/black, black/grey, and pink/charcoal colorways ($40). The PerformX Calf Sleeves ($35) collection will expand to include blue/black and pink/charcoal colors.

CW-X Staff at Running & Fitness Event for Women in Chicago

Not Too Shy in Chi-Town

CW-X staff showing off new spring products at The Running & Fitness Event For Women in early July in Chicago. 

March 2015 Competitor Magazine Cover

Competitor Magazine- March 2015

CW-X Takes a Stand at London Marathon

The brand made its first appearance at the London Marathon last April, a reflection of continued growth in the international market. The London Marathon will likely become a new stop on the brand’s marathon expo circuit, joining Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Disney, Toronto and Ottawa, among others. More than 38,000 people raced in the 2015 event, making it the largest in the London Marathon’s 35-year history.

Feel the Bounce

Walk into the New York Running Company’s 9,000 sq. ft. store in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center and you’ll see 105 lockers for runners, a changing area, bathrooms down the hall, message board, and a full schedule of community fun runs in nearby Central Park. It’s a welcoming running haven for stressed-out New Yorkers. Also on display is a large selection of CW-X Performance Apparel: three-quarter StabilyX, Pro and Revolution Tights, Endurance Generator, and much more. NYRC’s two best selling CW-X styles are StabilyX and Pro Tights, according to Pierce Durkin, store manager. “Those two styles have a great reputation – our customers have certainly heard of it. Those unaware of the brand quickly understand its product benefits after we explain support and circulation flow. “Customers try it on – we show them how to roll it on correctly like a stocking to properly align the knee  – and they immediately feel what I like to call the CW-X ‘bounce.’ It makes them really want to go out and run.” Durkin continues, “The New York running community is tight knit.
We want them to feel welcome here so they will visit often. The free services we provide are what one friend would do for another. We suggest that runners invest in their running gear and suggest that CW-X is one of the tools in their arsenal that will last a long time.”

Outside Buyer’s Guide- Summer 2015

Even “More” Publicity

MORE Magazine this year credited CW-X Revolution Tights with actually aiding exercise. Of course, we tend to agree. 

Viking Power

Björgvin Páll Gústavsson is the goalkeeper of the number 10 ranked Icelandic national handball team, and an Olympic Silver Medalist. Björgvin participated in the 2015 Suzuki Midnight Sun Run where the photo was taken in the capital city of Reykjavik. He has never raced a 10K, but decided to participate and see how far his goalkeeper shape could take him.  Brush up on your Icelandic, put on some Bjork, and learn more at http://gustavsson.is


The performance and recovery benefits of the patented CW-X® Support Web™ – proven by biomechanical studies, wear testers and athletes will become available in more styles than ever for spring 2016. The original Expert Tight, staple of the CW-X collection, will debut a new 3/4-length style for women, in black with yellow, grey and pink ($75). The collection of women’s 3/4-length StabilyX Tights will expand to include both all black ($90) and Constellation print ($135) colorways. The men’s Endurance Generator Shorts will join the collection in a new black/grey/blue color ($120).

Outside Buyers Guide- Winter 2015

CW-X Compression Gear Featured on Running Insight Cover

Cover Girl

Any time our brand appears on the cover of a magazine is an occasion to celebrate. In this case the CW-X “cover girl” is wearing the StabilyX Constellation print tights and TraXter Top on the cover of leading industry trade magazine, Running Insight (July 1 issue). 

CW-X Top Product Award for Xtra Support Bra III

CW-X Xtra Support Bra III wins top product award. 2015

Team CW-X Places First at ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun

Light on Their Feet

Roger Bown from Contour South Africa reports Team CW-X Ultraspire (Nic De Beer and Yolande Maclean) were the first place duo in the mixed team category and 8th in the overall classification at the recent ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun. They won every stage wearing CW-X, reporting it was both “comfortable and light” (Photo courtesy of Tobias Ginsberg)

Men's Fitness Tough Stuff Cover

Tough Stuff

CW-X StabilyX Ventilator Shorts were included in a June 2015 Men’s Fitness story about tough gear to wear during an obstacle course race (OCR). The magazine praised the mesh ventilation panels in the quad area which help the shorts breathe. 

Independent Praise

Speaking of the London Marathon, which we write about below, The Independent newspaper in the UK praised CW-X tights as one of the top 11 best running tights for women. Brilliant. You’re bloody right they are. 

Outside Magazine Cover 2014

Outside Magazine Oct 2014