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  1. Compex Meets... Ray Zahab

    Ray Zahab - Canadian Explorer

     

    Compex: Hi there Ray, great to meet up with you - please tell us a little bit about yourself?

    Ray: Hey Compex! I’m a Canadian Explorer, ultra distance runner and Founder of non-profit impossible2Possible. I truly think we underestimate what we are capable of! A former pack a day smoker, I discovered adventure, and it turned my life around completely. I’m a recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada, and an Explorer in Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. To this point, I have ran 17,000+km across the world’s deserts, and unsupported expeditions in some of the coldest places on the planet. You can read more about my story on my website.

    Compex: What sport do you do and how did you get into it?

    Ray: I guess you could say I am an ultra distance runner, but I started out as a sedentary smoker who, through the inspiration of my younger brother, discovered the outdoors. Shortly after that I began ice climbing, mountain bike and adventure racing, and eventually ultra running. My first running race was the 2004 Yukon Arctic Ultra, which I won. In 2006-7, I ran 7,500km across the Sahara Desert with two buddies of mine. The expedition had us running an average of 70kms a day without a single day of rest, for 111 days. National Geographic tracked the expedition by web, as well as the documentary film ‘Running The Sahara’, produced by Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, was created in an effort to raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa.

     

    Ray Zahab - Canadian Explorer

     

    Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Ray: I am 51 years old, but honestly, I recover better and I am faster then I was at 35. I'm now often racing and sometimes winning ultra endurance events. I credit much of this to recovery, and functional strength training. When I discovered Compex, it changed EVERYTHING for me. And in preparation for expeditions, I use my Compex during strength sessions- especially core workouts- which I have found dramatically improves workouts. On the recovery end - my Compex gets TONS of use. I have even brought it on expeditions like my 1,850km crossing of the Namib Desert in summer. Every night, in my tent, I’d put the Compex on my legs for recovery. It works, amazingly. Period.

    Compex: Which program/s do you like to use?

    Ray: Mostly Strength, all recovery and massage modes, and Pain Management modes.

    Compex: Do you use other Compex products?

    Ray: Yes! I use the Fixx, and now I love that too!

  2. Compex: Go Vertical Challenge

    Compex: Go Vertical Challenge

    Sunday 10 May is the day of Go Vertical the virtual challenge that will give you the possibility to ride with many Compex athletes from around the world.

    Whilst in some country it is now possible to train alone outside, in some others this is still impossible: “Go Vertical!” is the opportunity to cycle together, have fun and get to know our top athletes.

    What is “Go Vertical!”?

    From morning to evening you will have the opportunity to ride on Zwift with your champions and to follow their live interview on Instagram.

    Reach the top of the Alpe du Zwift with the 2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde, Team MMR pro cyclist David Valero, the two times ironman Lanzarote winner Alessandro Degasperi and the South African track cyclist champion Maroesjka Matthee, and many others...

    This is not a competition, but of course we’ll keep track of every performance.

    Go Vertical! How to participate

    Would you like to cycle with our champions? Here’s what to do:

    • Find the athlete meetup on Zwift: give it everything you’ve got and have fun
    • Follow our Instagram Live
    • Recover like a champ with your Compex

    The program (UK time):

    • 8:30 am Alessandro Degasperi, Maroesjka Matthee, Manon Genet and Claudia Galicia (live at 9 am on @compexita, @compexsa, @compexfrance and @compexspain)
    • 9:30 am Frederik Van Lierde, Jeremy Leroux and Dani Niekerk (live at 10 on @compexbenelux, @compexfrance and @compexsa)
    • 10:30 am David Valero, Yvan Jarrige and Laura Cosentino (live at 11 on @compexspain, @compexfrance and @compexita)
    • 3:30 pm Catherine Colyn (live at 4 on @compexsa)
    • 4:30 pm Giulio Molinari and Courteney Webb (live at 5 on @compexita and @compexsa)

    COMPEX IS BY YOUR SIDE

    Compex exists to give athletes of all sports and skill levels the tools they need to be better today and tomorrow.

    We believe when clinically proven technology is paired with the passion for sport, the results are game-changing. And life changing.

    Read our news and tips at our official blog, watch interviews and tutorial on our YouTube and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

  3. Compex Meets... Christos Volikakis

    Christos Volikakis

     

    Compex: Hi there Christos, great to meet up with you - please tell us a little bit about yourself?

    Christos: Hello to all Compex fans! My name is Christos Volikakis. I live in Greece, I am an Elite Track Cyclist and a proud affiliated athlete of the Compex Greece Team.

     

    Compex: What sport do you do and how did you get into it?

    Christos: I started at a very young age the exciting sport of cycling. My inspiration was my father who is a former Coach of Greek National cycling team, so I literally loved this sport. Success came early in my career regarding several world and European level discriminations.

    In brief,  I was the first ever Greek Cyclist who won a Gold medal in World Championships. I earned 4 medals in World Championships, 9 medals in Europe Championships , 30 medals in World Cups and over 80 Gold Medals in Greece Championships

    I hold 11 national Records and I am in 1st place in world Rankings on the event of Scratch Race , 1st place in omnium Race and 3rd place on Point Race.

    I was voted 2nd best athlete in peoples voting following NBA mvp Giannis Antetokunbo and ahead of Tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas. I was also voted as 4th best Greek athlete on journalist official voting for last season plus the best upcoming talent in my early years.

    I won 2 Gold Medals on the 2nd European Games in Minsk on 2019 and as a result I became the Flag Bearer Of Greece in the closing Ceremony. 

    I am so happy to be an Olympian athlete for 3 consecutive Olympic Games ( Beijing 200813th place – London 2012 9th place, & Rio 2016 13th place.

    For the last 20 years I have been serving with love and excitement this hard and impressive  sport which is so popular worldwide.

     

    Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Christos: My sport and training are very demanding. I count on Compex for my continuous recovery and strength – endurance training to empower my body. Warming up my legs is vital before cycling. I really avoid injuries like this. I use on weekly basis endurance programs while cycling, plus dynamic strength training with extra weight. I always use recovery programs right after the training and I repeat them within the next 3 hours. I believe Compex is essential for all cyclists who want to improve.

     

    Compex: Which program/s do you use?

    Christos: In terms of training I use Endurance and Strength programs in dynamic trainings. I always use Warm Up or Overcompensation programs before trainings. Capillarization is also helping my legs to function better.

    For recovery I use competition / training recovery , Muscle pain and reduce Muscle Soreness  mainly. The end of the day finds me always with some reviving massage on my legs and my back.

     

    Compex: Do you use other Compex products? 

    Christos: Yes, I use Fixx 1.0 massage gun of course. It boosts my pain relief and relaxes my muscles after training. I also use it sometimes for warming up my legs.

  4. Compex: The Clinical Companion

    Stronglines Physio Clinic

    We hear from Managing Director of Stronglines Physio Clinic, Fred Braithwaite, as he tells us how Compex assists them on their mission to rehabilitating their clients.

     

    Compex is an awesome product. We have used it at Stronglines for years. We have used it post surgically, to facilitate muscle recruitment and to utilise eccentric overload without direct joint stress. We like it because it works and it fits perfectly into the rehab process.

    Stronglines Logo

    At Stronglines we are very selective with the clinical intervention we use. Often products that physio’s use are trying to replace hands on treatment or apply some mystical powers to the area with very little clinical reasoning at all. Compex is NOT this.

    Compex is unique in its ability as it is not trying to replace anything. It acts as an adjunct to accelerate treatment and allows the therapist and client to work together toward a common goal. It is the only clinical intervention that really facilitates active rehabilitation. Aside from it being the best in the market, it also has products available for both clinicians and clients. This makes it clinically relevant and applicable as the client can take home the benefits from using it in clinic.

    We view it as a useful clinical tool to facilitate 3 main things:

     

     

    #1 MUSCLE INHIBITION (see video)

    • In the first clip you see near total involuntary contraction of the quads. The Compex is extending the knee joint almost entirely. For the client, it is uncomfortable yes, but it gives fantastic input and the benefits far outweigh the discomfort.
    • Even if there is total 100% muscle inhibition we can fire it up and gain some afferent input as well as stimulating all muscle fibres to help prevent as much atrophy.

     

    #2 NEUROMUSCULAR REPROGRAMMING (see video)

    • The second clip is a patterning exercise, this a nice way to create or reinforce the engram without excessive load but offers a real challenge for lower limb control also.
    • The electrodes are on the glute and quads in this
    • Once the muscle is firing we can put it into a functional pattern and use Compex to turn the heat up on it.

     

    #3 MUSCULAR CAPACITY  (see video)

    • The third clip is a squat to build capacity in the movement. The Compex creates a massive eccentric component which will bring on serious DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) with very little volume or intensity.
    • The electrodes are on the glute and quads for this.
    • Once the muscle is patterned we can build capacity with very little loading. Whilst the Compex is on there is little fatigue, but the eccentric component creates superb adaptation.

     

    #4 ECCENTRIC OVERLOAD (see video)

    • The fourth clip is an example of loading with Compex. Again you can use relatively low loads but yield high stimulus with Compex.
    • The electrodes are again on the glutes and quads.
    • Get the most from the protective and restorative effects of eccentric training using Compex. The DOMS from Compex are second to none! This means micro trauma, which means supercompensation leading to a solid recovery.

     

    With all these benefits clinically, you can also use it to recover from sessions with the massage settings. That’s why we love Compex. It is so useful for all clients, from post-surgical, to athletes, to weekend warriors it has a huge potential application.

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  5. Partnership Renewal With Bahrain McLaren for 2020

    Compex extends partnership with Team Bahrain McLaren

     

     

    Compex is pleased to announce that we will be Team Bahrain McLaren’s official muscle stimulators partner in 2020.

    Compex is a Swiss brand that over a period of 30 years has become the world leader in portable muscle stimulators for improved performance & recovery in sports.

    Our partnership will allow Bahrain McLaren’s athletes to take advantage of Compex technology through the Compex SP 8.0. Sonny Colbrelli is happy about the partnership in helping his performance “I’m really happy to have Compex onboard. It’s a reliable and excellent support both to perform and to recover better. In one tool we can work on activation, recovery and strength. I use it, especially after a long day of training. It’s the best choice for muscle recovery, to recover faster and better. Moreover, it is easy to use and carry with us during our travels. In this period in which there are no competitions, I do two sessions a day: one in the afternoon and the other in the evening. This serves me to keep the muscles active and recover better after training efforts. I use Compex even in the case of small contractures because I saw that it helps me a lot.”

    Arno Bosman, Global Compex Expert, said: “Compex aim is to help improve the performance of the team and relieve muscle pain, so we work together with the Team Bahrain McLaren staff to integrate Compex in the daily life of the cyclists.”

    Pascal Bily, Compex General Manager, said: “We’re delighted to extend our successful partnership with the Team Bahrain McLaren with the renewal of our commercial partnership, we look forward to helping the team train stronger and recover faster.”

  6. Compex Meets... Konstantinos Gkelaouzos

    Konstantinos Gkelaouzos

     

    Compex: Hi there, Konstantinos! Let our readers know a little bit about yourself...

    Konstantinos: Hello, my name is Konstantinos Gkelaouzos. I was born in Greece, in a small town called Amfissa. Now I live in Athens. I am a marathon elite athlete, member of Panathinaikos Club, and a proud affiliated athlete of the Compex Greece Team.

    Compex: What sport do you do and how did you get into it?

    Konstantinos: I started my career in running back in 2002. I was training and competing in short distances. After 14 years of track & field activity, I have managed to win a podium place in many races , and earn lots of achievements ( distances: 3000m to 10.000m).

    On 2016 I decided to run my first Classic Marathon Race. ( 42.195m)

    During the last 3 years, I have won the National Championship 3 times back to back, and I have conquered the first place, in one of the most difficult races in the world, the Athens Authentic Marathon. This year my personal record was 2:19:02, leading me to the podium and the 1st place among the Greek athletes.

    Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Konstantinos: My training programing is very demanding and Compex has changed my daily life. I use it to warm up my legs before training. It saves my time and I feel safe regarding any potential injuries.
    Endurance and Strength programs are vital for my legs performance, plus my core stabilization. I use the recovery programs between my trainings in order to reduce muscle fatigue and be able to have quality training.

    Compex: Which program/s do you use?

    Konstantinos: I use for my legs certain Conditioning programs such as Endurance and Explosive Strength, which are boosting my performance.
    Regarding my Recovery, I always use ‘Competition Recovery’ and ‘Reduce Muscle Soreness’ after my training. ‘Pain Management Tens’ and ‘Muscle Pain’ are also super useful to deal with inevitable various injuries that may occur. ‘Cramp Prevention’ helps me with the long runs. Warm Up programs are also on my favorites menu.

  7. Compex Meets… Brooke Wells

     

    Brooke picked up CrossFit after her twin sister did to help with her conditioning for track and field. Ironically, it would be Brooke who ultimately turned down a scholarship to the University of Arkansas for track and field to continue to pursue her passion for CrossFit. Brooke emerged onto the CrossFit scene in 2015 with a 16th place finish at the games and then returning in 2016 to place 6th.

    Compex: How do you use your Compex device?

    Brooke: I typically use COMPEX at night in order to recover for my training the next day. And if I wake up pretty sore, I will get those muscles loose before working out! Also started adding in the strength setting once a week!

    Compex: What is your favourite program?

    Brooke: I use Competition Recovery the most!

    Compex: How has Compex helped your training?

    Brooke: I think it’s best for recovery - whether that’s getting me ready for the day or recovering at night from a gruelling day.

  8. Compex Meets… Phil Heath

     

    Before turning to body building in 2002, Phil Heath was a shooting guard for the University of Denver. Phil Heath made his pro body building debut in 2006 winning both the Colorado Pro and New York Pro Championships. He has since grown his portfolio, winning Mr. Olympia an astounding seven times!

    Compex: How do you use your Compex device?

    Phil: I use my Compex just about every day. I use it before, during, and after my workouts.

     

    Phil Heath

     

    Compex: What is your favorite program?

    Phil: Resistance on either the wired or wireless device are my favourite programs to use.

    Compex: How has Compex helped your training?

    Phil: Compex has helped to enhance muscle stimulation, providing not only recovery but actual activation which can help increase muscle density and strength.

  9. Compex Meets… Sara Sigmundsdottir

    Sara Sigmundsdottir

    Sara is unique as she does not come from a strong athletic foundation like most of her fellow CrossFit competitors. She tried different sports while growing up, but will tell you she was a bit overweight and nothing seemed to stick.

    In 2012, Sara took a boot camp class where she discovered her natural strengths. She then participated in a local CrossFit competition (without knowing what it was) and placed second. It was at that moment that she decided this was the sport for her.

     

    Sara Sigmundsdottir

     

    Compex: How do you use your Compex device?

    Sara: I use the device for warm up, recovery, and also when I travel to keep blood flowing after a long flight. I use it every two or three days, but if I am preparing for competition I use it at least once a day.

    Compex: What is your favorite program?

    Sara: Training Recovery.

    Compex: How has Compex helped your training?

    Sara: Compex has helped me so much with recovery. I also use it to turn on muscle groups before a workout.

  10. Compex Meets... Mat Fraser

     

    Mat was a US Olympic weightlifting team hopeful until suffering a back injury. Despite doctors telling him he would never lift again, Mat was persistent in his recovery and returned to compete for Team USA.

    After retiring from weightlifting Mat found CrossFit to start casually lifting again. CrossFit became much more to Mat as he earned back to back second place finishes in the 2014 and 2015 CrossFit Games. Mat claimed the ultimate title as Fittest Man on the Earth in 2016 and 2017.

     

    Mat Fraser

    Compex: Hey Mat, please tell us a bit about how do you use your Compex device?

    Mat: I use the strength cycles on it quite a bit, especially on my quads. I have been using it on the muscles around my ankle pre and post workout. Using the warm up program helps loosen up the muscles while the recovery programs help me get through my long training days.

    Compex: Sounds like you’re getting great use out of it! How has your Compex device helped your training?

    Mat: It's supplemented and added to my training. Like I said I use it for recovery, activation and strength. So it has been very helpful all around.

    Compex: Why do you love it?

    Mat: I just really like how it is one tool for activation, recovery and strength. It's really easy to use and it works. It's a big part of my training.

    Compex: What is your favourite program on the device?

    Mat: I love any of the strength cycles. It's crazy to me how much I feel like I worked out after doing one. They are awesome to get some more work in.

    Compex: Awesome, thanks for sitting down with us, Mat!

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