Have been experimenting with compression tops while exercising recently and for me the jury is out.
Already sold on the benefits of the tights particularly after exercise (100 miles on 3 consecutive days on a bike; recovery definitely aided...)
On the top front it does feel harder to breath deeply - makes sense as the expansion of my chest is being resisted by the top. Am wondering if I train with this on then race without whether breathing will suddenly feel easier...
Sorry... Appear to have been ambiguous.
Having done much more cycling than running over the last couple of years I'm now back into the running. Interest in compression tops is around chest expansion / resistance whilst running.
That a compression top makes your lungs work harder would seem to be inarguable (particularly if deep breathing) but wanted to see what others had experienced.
The compression garment of choice of mass murdering Norvegian nutters...
(Must wonder how the marketing people groan whenever this is published!)
"And unless you have a breathing problem - I don't think lung fitness is the limiting factor in running"
Don't a lot of the top runners use those powerbreathe plastic thingys to specifically improve lung strength?
@Noanie - Powerbreathe is a known placebo..... It doesnt actually help you if you have "normal" peak flow/breathing conditions. I asked my asthma nurse and she said it was the biggest red herring out there. It will only work if you've got a serious breathing issue (e.g. pneumonia) to assist in building up the muscles.
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