They found that wearing compression gear ultimately didn’t make a difference in finish times when it came to distance runs, trail runs, or sprints, nor did it have any cardiac or performance benefits for strength-related tasks. (For tips on how to build muscle, pick up Lift to Get Lean by Holly Perkins.)

But compression gear did have an impact on endurance. Runners who suited up in that ultra-tight spandex could go longer before they felt exhausted, and felt less wiped out overall.

That might be because your bod’s ability to clear the lactate that accumulates in your blood when you exercise (and makes your legs feel like they might fall off) is improved by compression gear, keeping you feeling fresh longer. The gear also reducedinflammation and muscle damage, meaning less pain in the middle of that 10-mile training run.

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