Lisa with Jason and Kim
who modelled the Skins

I'm not one to wear anything too tight. Too high cut.  Or too low cut for that matter ha ha.

But when it comes to finding ways to improve my fitness or recovery, I'm willing to put myself beyond my carefree comfort zone and trial something new. Since Skins have been the innovators in compression wear technology which aims to enhance performance and recovery, I thought it about time to see what all the fuss is about.

Back in June 09 I went to a very secret squirrel pre launch of the Skins A400 series to retailers.  So hush hush, I wasn't even allowed to take any photos as they wanted to keep their new technology super secret. Skins range has been designed for men and women incorporates long and short tights, long and short sleeve tops. Plus they are also bringing out a recovery range. 

Now the secret is out. The new range will soon hit the stores but I have had a pre trial of the new skins for the past week and its been great.  The immediate difference you'll see with skins is the colour.  Gone is the blue with yellow trim. They've selected the slinkier black colour with discrete Skins signage.

The A400 series was named because of the way they drew data to produce the new range.  In a very thorough research programme, Skins took 3D bodyscans from 100s of men and women, and took data from 800 000 points on each person.  From there they used 400 key points from each body to decide where the best points of compression are to enhance sports performance and recovery. 


Skins is a very technical product and I wouldn't want to try and explain how it works and not do it so justice, so for further info check out:

What I am here to tell you is how it feels to wear the long tights.  If you already wear skins, you'll already know that as soon as you put it on you feel tingly as you the blood flow through your legs.  The thing about Skins is that you get to see all your curves (and er bulges.. yay!), so what better motivation to get going!

I did biking the first day and it felt great, particularly around the knee area.  As I have a bit of wonky left knee, I felt more support of the reinforced band which runs along the Illiotibial ban. This design not only give support to the Iliotibial band but also supports the natural rotation of the knee.

During the bike I felt more streamlined, I guess from all the compression, and felt I had more energy. Perhaps its psychological. But if it works and helps me to feel better for longer then great!

I think the main benefit of the Skins for me is when I do leg training.  I did quite a challenging leg day which included Leg extensions, hack squats, lunges and deadlifts.  I found the extra support from the band kept my knee in place and I felt more cofident doing putting little bit more weight on the machines.

Usually my legs would be feeling quite sluggish by the end of the day but after this day that I wore skins, my legs were still feeling relatively pain free and have energy for cardio later on. 
However, I did feel bit hot wearing the skins while training.  I realize the aim of skins is to enhance bloodflow and enhance lactic acid movement out of muscles but I was feeling super hot and sweaty that day.  Then again, it could've been the humid hot weather we're having.

  I know alot of people who swear by Skins. Tony Ligaliga always wears them during his leg training and cardio. Others I know wear them everyday underneath their clothes even on non training days.  Some even wear them to bed! 

Not sure if I'll get that obsessive with them but I know Skins will certainly feature more in my training and cardio sessions.

Lisa, Go Figure
15 Feb 2010

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