CW-X Workout Tights

  • neon4u

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    Jan 23, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    A friend bought me a pair of the CW-X Conditioning Tights. It has all this support webbing built in to the fabric to support the muscles and minimize fatigue.

    Have you heard of these tights or used them? Can you provide me with a comment on them?

    http://cw-x.com/ss/mens/m_performx_tights
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    Jan 23, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    "support the muscles and minimize fatigue"

    a thought that came to my mind as I looked the site over was: if the garment does much work in holding the muscles in place, etc as the site says, then might that not detract from the development of the stabilizer muscles because they would not have to do their work?
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    Jan 23, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    There have been numerous studies done on compression garments and sports performance. This is NOT new technology; this is NOT unique to the product posted here.

    To research this fully, go to google and look for sports performance compression garment study.

    Just last week I wrote about this in another topic here, related to shaving and sport performance.

    In a sentence, compression garments can improve your performance via muscle flattening (lowers vibrations, helps prevents injury, and keeps bundles together) and giving something to push against (widely used in strength sports). This was well documented years ago. Additionally, in some sports, like Olympic Swimming, let's say, garments streamline the body (E.g., shark-like garments).

    Any pair of tights will do, however, and it's not unique to a particular brand, of course.

    Research this further, yourself, for the science and the details. Based upon that science, you should be able to make a more fully-informed decision.
  • Run4Life83

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    Jan 23, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    I love my pair! I have the 3/4 length and really enjoy them. Yesterday running speed intervals I felt supported and the normal burning in my quads was almost non existent, plus it supports my knee (which I have had previous IT band issues with). I think they're great, and totally worth the high sticker price!
  • neon4u

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    Jan 23, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    Well, I did use them for the first time just after posting. I always wear tights when I run. I like to feel my muscles being supported, compressed and kept warm. These do all that but they feel different in that they offer added support to the various muscles. I don't know if it's in my head but it seemed to help propel me along the run. I'm still in the testing phase.

    I might get the 3/4 length too. I got a Nike pair while in Spain. They look and feel good. Wonder why they don't offer 3/4" in America.
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    Jan 23, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    Your perpection is likely correct. Guys use bench shirts, squat singlets, deadlift outfits, wrestling uniforms, that all cut to accomplish the same effect.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 23, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    RnrActinTech saidI love my pair! I have the 3/4 length and really enjoy them. Yesterday running speed intervals I felt supported and the normal burning in my quads was almost non existent, plus it supports my knee (which I have had previous IT band issues with). I think they're great, and totally worth the high sticker price!


    I was wondering if compression gear like this would be helpful for knee issues when running.
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    Jan 23, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    You'll probably want to see a physical therapist there.

    The construction of your knee is subject to impact, and repetitive motion, injury, as well as lateral motion injury.

    It's something a professional should really look at.

    Some folks feel better with knee braces / supports.

    I've met runners that have fried their knees.

    Hard telling without a pro on that.
  • Run4Life83

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    Jan 23, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidYou'll probably want to see a physical therapist there.

    The construction of your knee is subject to impact, and repetitive motion, injury, as well as lateral motion injury.

    It's something a professional should really look at.

    Some folks feel better with knee braces / supports.

    I've met runners that have fried their knees.

    Hard telling without a pro on that.


    I'm with chuckystud here. I use them because I caught the problem early enough and backed off, and saw my physical therapist and athletic trainer. For me, it only flares up during major temperature changes so I make sure and wear them at that point to be extra safe.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 23, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    I have tendinitis. I did PT and do all my stretches and exercises. But I also live in an area that is subject to a frequent changes in barometric pressure and I'm really sensitive to that. My knee knows when a front is coming through. My PT doesn't want me wearing any braces or anything so that I don't rely in it, but I was thinking that compression gear like this would be a lesser evil, if you will.
  • neon4u

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    Jan 23, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    Well part of their selling point is the cross-over incorporated into the knees. It's to stabilize the knee and prevent injury. The instructions explain that the cross-over should fit exactly in the center of the kneecap.

    After a run and most especially after a long run it's worth the extra ten minutes to stretch. Stretching is the key to injury prevention.
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    Jan 24, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    It's an error to say that stretching is the key to injury prevention. It's also important to have strong muscles, use proper form, have adequate recovery, and utilize proper equipment, as well as have adequate nutrition. All the aforementioned, and more, come together to remain injury free.

    In 33 years of lifting, I've never had problems with my knees because I work leg extensions, leg curls, and do step ups. Because I've developed so much muscle around my knee structure, it's less likely that I will have a knee injury. Because I don't do high impact exercise, I haven't banged away on the bursa of my knees.
  • neon4u

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    Jan 29, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    Thanks for your comments. I'm just saying that stretching is an important part of your running routine. A lot of times people just skip this part because it doesn't seem to have a seen benefit. Strong muscles are good but they can become tight and less flexible if stretching isn't incorporated, which if you persist in running with muscles that aren't "flexible" they will become injured.

    So I give a thumbs up to the CW-X tights but the cost may make them a little out of reach.