Some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to active wear is concerned with the best compression leggings for performance. Are they worth the price tag? And will they reduce DOMS?
The hype says this snug sportswear will reduce muscle fatigue and post-workout soreness.
Is there any truth in it? Well, research is a little inconclusive when it comes to whether compression kit actually boosts performance, but there’s legitimate evidence to suggest that compression leggings do work when it comes to reducing injury and improving recovery time.
A recent study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found compression kit to be effective in reducing symptoms of exercise-induced muscle soreness, thanks to the compression fit facilitating the removal of lactate and creatine kinase from the body (the by-products of muscle exertion that cause the pain you feel in the days following a workout).
Similarly, the Journal of Sports Sciences recorded that track athletes who wore lower body compression reduced muscle impact by 27%. Muscle impact is associated with soreness and damage, so it’s fair to say compression leggings might be worth their salt.
So, if you’re thinking of making the investment, which are the best compression leggings worth the price tag?
WH have rounded up 6 of the best that promise to ease the pain so you can squat to your heart’s content.
6 BEST COMPRESSION LEGGINGS TO BUY
1. 2XU Ice X Mid-rise Compression Tight
With a heavy focus on creating the best compression leggings, you’re in safe hands with 2XU. PWX ICE X fabric claims to reduce surface temperature of your skin by 5 degrees, and graduated compression support will reduce muscle recovery time.
£90, 2XU, 2xu.com
2. SKINS Compression Dnamic Core Long Tights
Biomechanically positioned compression panels make these tights one of the best compression leggings out there – they’ll reduce lactate build up so you’ll wake up less sore and ready for another workout.
£80, SKINS, skins.net
3. Adidas AlphaskinSport Long Climacool Tights
Made from stretchy knit fabric with strategically placed ventilation, the compression fit in these leggings will see you through hundreds of workouts.
£34.95, Adidas, adidas.co.uk
4. Lululemon All The Right Places Pant II
Featuring a handy high waist to keep your abs supported, these leggings do what they say on the tin: compress in all the right places.
£118, Lululemon, lululemon.com
5. Reebok Crossfit Comp Tights
If you’re into hardcore Crossfit workouts, these leggings are your best friend. With durable CORDURA fabric, they’ll stand the test of time.
£62.95, Reebok, reebok.co.uk
6. H&M Compression Fit Running Tights
If you’re trying to save your pennies, H&M’s are the best compression leggings on a budget offering out there.
£34.99, H&M, handm.com