When the people from Physiclo reached out to me, I was wary of agreeing to try out running pants in mid-April, but Mother Nature cooperated with another blast of cold weather, so the timing ended up being just right. Another thing that was just right was their customer service as I figured out which size was right for me–they were very responsive to my emails and sent a new size right away. I assume they’d treat their paying customers just as well!
This image from Physiclo shows where the pants have added resistance:
Despite all this technology, they look like normal running pants (whatever that means!) and don’t feel too tight. (I actually downsized from the S to the XS and am happy with that decision.) While the bands are noticeable, they aren’t uncomfortable.
Why should you try Physclo resistance pants? They are designed to make your muscles work harder, so you will get stronger, fitter, and faster–what runner doesn’t want that? They’ve done some testing and found that wearing their pants while running can result in a 14% increase in calories burned and 23% increase in muscle activity. I love when a company backs up its claims with scientific testing.
I had two great runs in my Physiclo resistance pants this week, and I’m glad to be adding them to my arsenal of running gear. Now they need to come out with a women’s shorts model to get me through the summer.
Monday: 45 min indoor cycling class
Tuesday: Forced rest day starting with the 7am Acela to NYC
Wednesday: 40 min strength workout in the hotel gym
Friday: 3o minute strength workout focusing
on core exercises followed by some stretching
Saturday: 8 mile long run
Since the Physiclo resistance pants are supposed to make my legs work harder, I don’t think they should make me run faster when I’m wearing them, but I don’t know how else to explain that pace! Maybe cutting back on lower body strength work made a difference. Or maybe my legs were just happy to be out running on a glorious spring morning.
Sunday: 33 mile bike ride
Such a gorgeous day!
So, how did I cut back? I restrained myself from running in NYC, focused on upper body and core work on my strength days, and didn’t try to squeeze in a Core Power Yoga class. With my 10 mile race next weekend I’m going to try to show similar restraint this week. Since I rode Sunday I won’t be going to spinning on Monday, but I will be running before my all-day meeting in Chicago on Tuesday if I have anything to say about it!
Do you wear any compression gear?