How Do Compression Socks Work?

EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses what compression socks are, how they work, and if they can improve running performance.


Can Compression Socks Help You Run Faster?

You already know you look super sexy in your compression socks but can they actually improve endurance performance? A recent study suggests they can.


  • Researchers brought 12 runners to the lab on 2 separate occasions and had then do a 5k time trial followed by 60 minutes rest and then another 5k time trial.
  • On one occasion the runners wore compression socks and on the other they did not.
  • After crunching the data, the geeks discovered that on the occasion when the runners wore the compression socks that their 2nd 5k time trial was only 6 seconds slower compared to their first.
  • When the didn’t wear the compression socks they were 17 seconds slower.
  • Take home point? Compression gear will highlight your bodacious body and may help you run faster. 
  • For the full video on compression gear click here.


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