Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cheap Compression

If you are a triathlete, I'm sure you are aware of the buzz surrounding compression socks. They are supposed to be great for recovery after long runs. They work by increasing your circulation by gradually compressing the leg from the foot up (tighter at the foot than below the knee), which leads to less soreness and a quicker recovery time.

Here's the thing, though. They are very expensive. A pair of Zoot Compression Socks is around $60. Sixty bucks for a pair of knee high socks! And I don't get to see if I like them first??...yeah, right.

Well, compression socks weren't invented for the athlete, their original purpose was to increase circulation and blood flow for people that have diabetes, or have just had surgery. These people are not buying $60 Zoot socks, so what do they buy?

Well, my friends, they buy the graduated compression socks from RiteAid for $3.99. Yes, you read right, compression for less than $4!!! You can hardly buy a fancy latte for less than that. Heck, it's practically free. They might not be as cool as Zoots, but I put them on today, and they are amazing. Like getting a massage!! Really!!

Now if only I could find tri shorts for $10, I'd be set!


  1. Definitely been thinking about them. Four bucks? That is a great insider tip! I'm stoked now. Guess I know where I'll be making a trip tomorrow.

    I'll keep my eye out for those tri shorts for ya! :)

  2. I've been reading all the hype about the compression socks and wishing I had more money in my budget for stuff like that. What an amazing find! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, I'll have to check those out! I don't think we have any RiteAids around here, but maybe they have them at CVS or Walgreens.

  4. P.S. Does it look funny to wear them with capris or shorts? I know it's not all about looks, but...I still try to look alright. What do you suggest?

  5. They are primarily for recovery, so when you get home from a long run or ride, you put them on for a few hours around the house. I probably would not go out in them unless I had pants on. They are pretty old-man looking!!

  6. Kelly, check ebay- there are some great deals on shorts right now! I am still a hold out on the compression rage. My patients have to wear them to prevent blood clots and they all complain about them but if it helps to recover with long training sessions, maybe its worth it. I bet the ones at the drug store are actually tighter (more mmHG compression) than the ones for athletes!

  7. ... leaving for Rite Aid now ! that's awesome !!


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