Triathlon not only demands that you master your conditioning, but it also demands that you master three separate disciplines. And while we know that this isn't news to you, we do have news that your training can be further maximized. Think of it, on some days, you'll be running your heart out, and on other days, you'll be crushing intervals in the pool. One recovery compression top isn't going to satisfy both workouts -- you're exercising completely different muscle groups on the ground than in the water. That's why 2XU created its Swim Recovery Women's Long Sleeve Compression Top. Now, you can accelerate your recovery with a design that's made for both the physiological form of a woman and the muscular physiology of swimmers.
In this day and age, the benefits of compression apparel are simply not up for debate. But, while the science of compression is simple to understand, the execution of that science is incredibly difficult. Luckily, 2XU has the Australian Institute of Sport and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in its corner. Constantly gauging effectiveness with its partners in research, 2XU has risen to prominence with both insightful design and innovative fabrics like the PWX series. Standing for Power, Weight, and Flexibility, the PWX Weight fabric used in the Swim Recovery top provides the ideal equilibrium of these characteristics. To achieve this, the material features elastomeric yarns that are structured through a high-grade circular knit in order to provide 360 degrees of flexibility. Meanwhile, the top's construction is blended at the back and chest with 2XU's nylon/elastomeric, tricot-blend Power Mesh fabric. Together, the fabric blend provides ample stretch, strong wicking capabilities, heightened breathability, and most importantly, effective compression.
Now, you might be wondering what it is that a compressive top actually does, let alone how one can be specific to swimming? Well, the top uses what's called 'graduated compression,' where the enacted pressure is regulated throughout the top, slightly easing vertically along the piece. Through this compressive design, circulation is increased by increasing the venous function (think blood veins). As a result, more oxygen makes its way through the blood stream, and it's precisely oxygen that plays a vital role in reducing muscle fatigue. However, when your exercise is complete, the compression top also aids in your recovery. Once again, the promotion of circulation is crucial. With the top, the system essentially flushes the lactic acids that are a byproduct rigorous exertion. This not only reduces immediate fatigue, but it shortens the duration needed for recovery when worn during and after exercise. As for the 'swim recovery' side of the top, the same compression principle is at work. However, through the precise pairings of pressures and fabrics with the common muscular physiology of swimmers, 2XU was able to target the pertinent muscle groupings for swimmers. This means that you'll get a the right amount of compression in the right location for a recovery that's specific to your activity. The only thing closer to custom would be for 2XU to come to your house and sew the top onto you.
The 2XU Swim Recovery Women's Long Sleeve Compression Top is available in the color Black/black and in six sizes from XX-Small to X-Large.