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Compression Leggings & Tights

What Are Compression Leggings and Compression Tights?

Compression leggings are excellent support garments with a variety of exercise-related uses. Compression leggings, sometimes called compression tights, are designed to provide constant, gentle pressure to the legs. During and after exercise, this compression to the lower extremities increases blood flow and improves recovery time. For this reason, compression tights are popular among athletes, runners, and gym-goers looking to speed post-workout recovery and maximize sports performance.

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Choosing the Right Compression Level

The terms "compression leggings" and "compression tights" can generally be used interchangeably. Both terms refer to garments made from thin, body-hugging material that can be worn as either underwear or pants. Each type of compression legging has a specific compression strength, measured in mmHg. The intended use dictates which compression pressure is most appropriate. The more firm compression strengths are typically used for post-workout recovery, and the more moderate strengths are used during workouts and athletic activities.

 

Compression Pressure Guide

  • 30-40 mmHg – Extra-Firm Compression
  • 20-30 mmHg – Firm Compression
  • 15-20 mmHg – Moderate Compression
  • 8-15 mmHg – Mild Compression

 

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Compression Leggings for Women

Women's compression tights are designed specifically for a woman's body type. Generally, compression leggings for women have slightly shorter legs and come in different rises, including a high-rise fit that sits several inches above the navel.

 

Sizing Chart for Women's Compression Tights

Compression Leggings for Women Sizing Chart

 

Elite Power Recovery Women's Compression Tights
Women's Core Compression Tights
  • Women's Core Compression Tights by 2XU provide firm compression (20-25mmHg) for training or recovery. These tights feature 360-degree stretch and a drawstring for comfort and security.

 

Compression Leggings for Men

Depending on style and preference, men's compression tights, also called men's compression pants, can be worn alone as pants during workouts or athletic activities or worn beneath a pair of athletic shorts. It's entirely a matter of personal choice.

Sizing Chart for Men's Compression Tights

Sizing Chart for Men's Tights

 

Men's Accelerate Compression Tights
  • Men's Accelerate Compression Tights by 2XU provide compression for recovery and easing muscle soreness. The flat waistband allows these tights to lay flat beneath your gear, with no drawstring to get in the way.
Men's Refresh Recovery Compression Tights
  • Refresh Recovery Tights provide firm compression (25-30 mmHg) to help reduce recovery time. Snug, comfortable, moisture-wicking material makes for all-day wearability.

 

Workout Performance and Recovery

Compression leggings are great for workout and sports performance. During and after a workout, compression leggings provide gentle compression to the lower extremities, increasing blood flow and shortening recovery time. One study states, "Based on our results we recommend athletes wear compression tights for faster recovery, particularly after intense exercise with a pronounced eccentric aspect" 1. Compression tights are also a great help in relieving symptoms of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), which is soreness in the muscles that can arise days after a workout. During yoga or other activities that require balance, compression tights augment the proprioceptive function, which is the body's way of knowing where each extremity is in relation to the rest of the body by tactile sensation and visual cues.

 

In recent years, compression leggings for men and women have become more fashionable and more popular for athletes and exercise enthusiasts alike. Vitality Medical offers a wide variety of men's compression tights and compression legging for women.

 

 

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