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Thigh compression. Something I have been wanting for a while, but I never really looked into it. Then this great opportunity came to test out the Zensah Compression Thigh Sleeve. This opportunity came just as I was about to start marathon training, so I knew I would be putting this to good use.
I began training August 9th and as my miles have gone up I have been wearing the thigh sleeve often. Not only do I run (my weekly miles have doubled since I started training, and will soon more than double) but I also train at Kaia FIT SSC and at BodyTribe. Needless to say, my legsies go through a lot.
While some people say/think the benefits of compression may be more of a placebo effect I say, then I’ll take it. The mind can be a powerful tool when you are training! I do believe the benefits are more than just in my head though. I truly notice a difference when I wear the Zensah Compression Thigh Sleeve vs my past training when I have not worn a thigh sleeve. The benefits I have experienced with the Zensah compression thigh sleeve are:
- Decreased recovery time
- Decreased muscle soreness/fatigue
- Pain relief
Running 4-6 days a week plus 2-3 days of cross training is a lot to put your body through and the benefits listed above have helped me feel confident in my training and I know I can push myself when needed because I have this great option for recovery.
While I love how this thigh sleeve has aided in my recovery it is definitely not the most comfortable thing to wear. The description on the Zensah website says: “The Zensah Thigh Compression Sleeve may be used during training, activity, or for muscle recovery. The compression technology in the thigh sleeve helps to stabilize and support the quad and hamstring muscles, as well as improve circulation. A no-slip gripper ensure the thigh sleeve stays in place. One thigh sleeve per purchase.” As you will see in the description it only comes with 1 sleeve. At first I thought that was lame. Make it a pair! I have 2 legs, I’d like 2 sleeves! Sure you can switch the sleeve from one leg to the next when you are done but I’d personally like to wear 2 at a time to quicken my recovery routine. I figured out how to get past that…just buy a second one. Problem solved.
However, there is one problem I couldn’t solve with the sleeve. There is a gripper, but it is NOT no slip. No way could I wear this during training. This picture is from me getting off the couch and walking up my stairs. You can see it has rolled down and slipped quite a bit. And it makes my leg look like a busted can of biscuits.
You can see in this picture how high the sleeve is supposed to go and stay. You can also so my cute kitty Miss Daisy Mae in the background….and something on my shorts. Pretty sure that is cream cheese. I work from home so I can be pretty messy. Please ignore that. I know other testers of this product were having slipping issues as well. The great folks at BibRave assured us they were talking with the peeps at Zensah and they were working on a solution to the slippage problem.
I still love this product and would definitely recommend it. I wear the sleeve as I am laying on my couch or bed reading or while I am working at my desk. I would just recommend that you wear it for recovery purposes and not wear it training (slippage). If you are a runner that has never tried any compression products I would say this is one that should be at the top of your list. It is easy to use, easy to store and has been super helpful with my recovery time.
Thank you Zensah for allowing me to test your Compression Thigh Sleeve!