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Body Helix was founded in 2008 by world-ranked senior tennis player Fred Robinson. In search of better compression gear options he developed Body Helix’s Form-Fit Technology. Fred tapped into both medical science and advanced technology and studied the science of movement and injury management to design his product. The effort and attention to detail is evident in this product from the first use. There are a few features that really made the full calf compression sleeve a great addition to my running tool kit. First is it breaths. Most compression gear will cause excessive sweating. The treated area gets overly wet causing discomfort, itching and slipping. I wore the Body Helix calf compression during runs, workouts and rest time around the house. I did not experience any of these issues. In fact other than the tension you almost forget you are wearing compression gear. This leads me to my second liked featured, it didn’t slip during use. There is nothing more annoying than gear that requires constant adjustment. This annoyance can get in your head and tank a race or training run. The Body Helix calf sleeve remained anchored to my calf. This allowed me to focus on the task at hand and not my gear. When ordering the compression sleeve I followed the instructions on Body Helix’s website for fitting and my sleeve fit perfectly. Finally, it provided to proper amount of tension to my calf. Muscle and joint compression are key to help runners move through a minor issue. Whether it was fatigue, soreness or pain, the Body Helix helped me through my workouts. The tension allowed my calf muscle do what it was asked to do during the workout.
As a runner in my 40’s I employ lots of tactics to keep me on the road. What works for me is to focus on core strength, functional, multi-body movement exercises, and plenty of rest. Fancy recovery tools, cryotherapy or red light therapy are not options for me or the majority of armature athletes. Therefore I employ other more available methods of recovery. Rest is number one on that list. I realize it is difficult for a runner/cyclist to sit still when friends and influences inundate you with their miles vie social media or strava. But it is important to not run sometimes. In fact I have always found my best race performances followed days of rest and recovery. I also employ stretching and foam rolling. During my review period I wore my Body Helix full calf compression sleeve during rest periods while I was working around the house. I found the compression sleeve to help after a particularly hard workout. It provided a constant tension to the muscle but could still be comfortably worn for hours. I also found that it reduced my recovery time. This was very beneficial to me personally. As a front foot fall runner my calves get an extra hard workout on every run. After a hard training session my calves always feel tighter than any other muscle. Implementing the Body Helix calf sleeve has reduced tightness during the exercise and helped recover the muscles post exercise.
Body Helix has a wide range of compression gear. I strongly encourage you to visit their website at http://www.bodyhelix.com to learn more about the technology and benefits behind their compression sleeves. The website has a wealth of information from product reviews to blog articles and videos. The Body Helix compression sleeve has become a main component of my running gear.
Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience and the knowledge of my own body. Only you know your limits. Therefore, you should always consult a medical professional before making any decision when dealing with an injury.