Earlier this week, STACK attended the U.S. media launch for 2XU, a top sports clothing brand in Australia. The company produces performance compression gear suitable for all sports, but favored worldwide by professional triathletes, cyclists, swimmers and skiers. 2XU is also the compression gear of choice for several professional athletes and teams here in the U.S., including Steve Weatherford of the New York Jets and the NBA's Orlando Magic.
Made of high quality, moisture-wicking, breathable Lycra, 2xU's compression gear regulates body temperature, is extremely durable and lasts longer than traditional elastic materials. The fabric is capable of stretching in a 360-degree radius for optimal elasticity—ideal for intense workouts. The gear also offers UPF 50+ protection from UV rays and an antibacterial coating to suppress odors.
Unique benefits, based on independent testing by the Australian Institute of Sport, include:
Proprioception: Enhanced sense of awareness through posture for sensory gains and heightened agility.
Muscle Containment: Reduces muscle oscillation during exercise (requires less energy to stabilize muscles) for better balance and less muscle fatigue.
Enhanced Venous Return: Increases blood flow and circulation, resulting in more oxygen re-uptake by muscles and less lactic acid buildup, for reduced muscle damage, less fatigue and faster recovery.
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Steve Weatherford not only wears his 2XU gear during exercise and on airplanes to reduce swelling, he also sleeps in his compression tights— primarily for the effect they have on muscle recovery. Throughout the grueling NFL season, "recovering from Sunday's game for next Sunday is the name of the game," says Weatherford. "I can attribute a lot of my success this past year to 2XU."
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