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  1. Compex Meets... Lucy Majury

    Lucy Majury

     

    Compex: Hey Lucy, great to sit down with you - please could you tell our audience your name and where you're from?

    Hi, my name is Lucy Majury and I'm from Farnborough in the UK - not far from London.

    Compex: And what sport do you perform in and how did you get into it? Biggest achievements so far?

    I have competed in Powerlifting and got 4 World Records I am also a Competitive CrossFit athlete. My biggest achievement is competing at CrossFit Europe Regionals 3 x. Making it once is amazing but to be able to do it multiple times was even better.

    Compex: Wow, those are some pretty impressive achievements. How have you found Compex Muscle Stim helps you to find a competitive edge?

    Compex helps me have a competitive edge as it speeds up and improves my training recovery. When you train multiple times a day or with high volume this is key.

     

    Lucy Majury (1)

     

    Compex: Which programme/s do you use on your Compex device?

    I really like using the training recovery and relaxing programmes - they are for sure my favorite. I also sometimes use the strength cycles as an addition to my training. I also use Compex knee wraps.

    Compex: Amazing, it sounds like your getting great use out of it. We've heard whispers that you've launched a new company? Tell us a bit about that project.

    Alongside competing in CrossFit I have my own nutrition, PT and clothing businesses. My partner (Mike) and I started the clothing brand, VITA, most recently and it is a project we are both so proud of. We sell clothes which can be worn to workout in and also outside of the gym. The clothes have all been designed by athletes who know exactly what is needed from workout clothing. Our biggest aim was to produce affordable, good quality clothes.

    You can find our clothing at www.vita-active.com.
    You can also use code COMPEX10 for 10% discount.

    Compex: That's incredible, you must be very busy. I'm sure our audience will be really interested to check out your website to gear up for their training sessions. Thanks so much for sitting down with us Lucy and best of luck in all your pursuits!

  2. Compex Meets... Tom Evans

     

    We met up with Compex athlete, Tom Evans, a rising star in the ultrarunning world to find out how he is getting on and how Compex is helping to take him to a new level.

     

    Compex: Tom, please tell us a little bit about yourself and what you're currently in training for.

    Tom: Sure, so I've been running for the last year professionally, both ultrarunning and trail running. Currently I'm in training for the trail running World Championships representing Team GB (Tom would finish a fantastic 3rd place at the 2018 edition). 

    Compex: That sounds great and best of luck for it - how did you get into the world of ultra/trail running?

    Tom: I had a couple of friends who did Marathon Des Sables in 2016 and I bet them that I could finish in a higher position than they did. One thing led to another and I ended up finishing 3rd! Subsequently I've raced all over the world, most recently in Costa Rica. After that, I decided to turn full time to try and put British ultrarunning back on the map.

    Tom Evans using Compex Tom Evans using his Compex device to fight off lactic acid.

     

    Compex: Wow, that's quite a story and it sounds like your improving with each race. How does your Compex device help you reach a new level, and when do you use it?

    Tom: After a hard day's running, the build up of lactic acid stays in the muscles. I use Compex to flush my muscles with fresh blood and oxygen that then allows me to recover faster, so that I can train harder (using the Training Recovery programme). I use Compex a lot when I'm travelling, I can use it on flights so I can keep training at my limits in order to improve and be the best athlete that I can be. 

    Compex: Great, thanks for chatting to us Tom, and best of luck with the training and racing!

  3. HOW TO INTEGRATE COMPEX IN SKI TRAINING

    USE OF COMPEX IN SKI

    Compex can be an the ideal partner to help you warm up muscles, prevent injuries, recover better and faster, and even develop strength.This booklet shows you 3 training plans:

    • Alpine competition: 8 weeks 
    • Long distance Nordic skiing over 10 weeks
    • Nordic skiing: 5 weeks

    The last part of this training guide targets seasonal skiers and/or snowboarders. The primary goal of this preparation is to reduce the risk of injury and avoid the manifestation of aches and pains.

    MAJOR MUSCLE GROUPS TO BE TARGETED

    • Alpine and freestyle skiing: Quadriceps (knee ligaments injury prevention) and core 
    • Nordic skiing: the recovery of the lower body muscle groups on Quadriceps and Triceps surae. The emergence of new competition standards, with more explosive speed requirements, engenders more intense electrostimulation techniques such as strength building. The importance of the upper body is increasing as well and can be integrated into this program.
    • Snowboard: Quadriceps and abs

    Download the training guide

  4. Reach Your CrossFit Goals with Compex

    Whether you’re a die-hard or more of an enthusiast, CrossFit is not for the faint of heart. Intensity is the name of the game and the goal is to push your body as far as it can go; you’d be surprised at what you’re capable of!

    With any intense workout program, proper form, training and conditioning is crucial to achieving results and preventing injury. First and foremost, make sure your CrossFit program, gym, and coach are the right fit for you.

    Once you’ve solidified a good workout / rest routine and dialed in your diet it might be time to consider taking your training to the next level with Compex electric muscle stimulator. Compex is not only designed to help you recover, but also to build strength; strength you can use to lift more, to jump higher and to exceed your fitness goals.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. Here is how Compex can help you with CrossFit.

    Recruiting More Muscle

    Compex can help you to build strength by recruiting more muscle but how? What does that mean exactly?

    Say you are looking to increase the amount of weight you can lift. To be able to lift more weight, you need to train your body to recruit more muscle to the task. By lifting progressively more weight in the same motion, you more develop pathways from your brain to recruit more muscle, which is essentially what building strength is. This takes time and even at your fittest, you’re probably only recruiting around 30% of the muscle.

    With Compex, you can recruit more muscle because the stimulation is direct and does not involve weight increases. The device works as the signals telling your muscles to fire instead of your brain. Targeting of these muscles is also easier because you are placing the pads over the muscles you want to contract. This is also helpful for underutilized muscle groups like gluteals that are important for strength but not as easy to build.

    You can either use Compex to build strength instead of weight training, in addition to your weight training program or while you lift.

    Lifting with Compex muscle stim can help you build more strength by firing more muscle while you’re lifting, thus allowing you to lift more weight. If you’re working on your deadlifts or clean and jerks, this can help you reach new weight goals.

    Reducing Impact

    Typically, in order to build strength, you need to lift more weight. However, this can lead to soreness and recovery time, pressure on joints and connective tissue, and possible injury. Compex muscle stim can help you work passed some of those hang ups and still increase your strength.

    Using Compex muscle stim while you are training helps you have more muscle contraction without adding more weight. This reduces the impact on joints without sacrificing performance. Because of the impact reduction, this can also lead to a shorter recovery time. Get the most from simple bodyweight exercises or make your lifting sessions count more.

    Balance

    We all have a stronger side. When you are doing CrossFit, even if you are aware of which side is weaker, you body will still automatically compensate as soon as you lift, land or run. If you’re not balanced, there is risk of injury. If you have a weaker side, you’re not truly maximizing your strength.

    Compex muscle stim has 4 different channels; that means you can hook the device up to both sides of the body at the same time. Use Compex to either strengthen a weaker side or to keep both sides of the body balanced while building strength.

    Speed of Contraction

    How fast your muscles contract is not crucial, but it is important for quick movements like clean pulls or jumping. Training your muscle to fire a certain way every time is the best way to increase the speed of contraction. Practice makes perfect and the same is true for your muscles; the more times they fire a certain way, the faster they’ll do it.

    For example, when you jump, your leg muscles need to fire right away in order to send your body upwards. Jumping repeatedly to increase your jump or using weights can have a negative impact on your knees, feet or ankles before you reach your goals. However, training with Compex muscle stim allows you to train those muscles to fire how you want and as fast as you want.

    Early this year, we told you about how volleyball player Brandon Talbot used Compex to increase his vertical leap and potentially break three world records. Talbot didn’t want to use weights so he chose electric muscle stimulation to increase his explosive strength. By doing so, he increased his jump using just Compex and ultimately was able to leap onto a 61’’ platform from the ground.

    Recovery

    As important as training is to reaching your fitness goals, so is giving your body time to recover. When you’re in the zone, it might be hard to a take a day or two off to rest your muscles but Compex can aid in recovery and help you get back on the floor faster.

    Using an electric muscle stimulator like Compex helps increase blood flow up to 600%. This means you’re moving out waste products that build up from intense physical activity like lactic acid or debris from muscle fibers. This leaves more room for fresh blood to help your muscles heal.

    Foam rolling is a great way to break up adhesions that can cause muscle pain and soreness. However, foam rolling is a very mechanical process where you physically roll out your muscles like you would with a rolling pin and dough. While this is very effective, it can be painful. Using the Active Recovery program helps break up some of the adhesions, but it only targets the muscle, not any connective tissue, making it less painful. At the same time, it helps to release endorphins, making you feel better and want to get back out there.

     

    Download 'How to improve your WOD with Compex' guide

  5. HOW TO INTEGRATE COMPEX IN CYCLING TRAINING

    WHEN TO START THE PREPARATION AND WHAT PLAN TO CHOOSE

    This booklet shows you two 12 week training plans to prepare for a race or sporting event:

    • The first plan (Page 4) is for cyclists who train up to 3 times a week
    • The second plan (Page 8) is for cyclists who train 4+ times a week or match any of the following criteria:
      • at least 4 workouts per week
      • more than 3 years of regular road cycling training
      • Regularly rank in the top 50% in competition

    The pre-requisite for this training is good physical condition and regular practice of a physical activity or sport during the previous months. If you have never used electro-stimulation in training before, it is strongly advised that you have a 2-3 week initiation and familiarisation of the chosen plan and the implications before taking on the plan in full.

    ADJUSTING THE INTENSITY = THE KEY TO SUCCESS!
    For Development sessions(Endurance, Strength, Resistance, Core stabilization) maximum toleration: It is crucial to reach the highest level of intensity possible (though the session must always remain bearable).

    Intensity determines the number of muscle fibers which are engaged or ‘recruited’ by the stimulation. The best way to determine your maximum toleration is simply through your own judgement of what your body can cope with. The contractions must be powerful without ever becoming intolerable. The progress of a stimulated muscle will be greater if the Compex device recruits a high number of its fibers.

    Download the training guide

  6. HOW TO INTEGRATE COMPEX IN TRAIL PREPARATION

    WHEN TO START PREPARING

    • This booklet offers three training plans: a 23 km trail, a 42 km marathon and a 80 km trail. These 3 distances indicate 3 levels of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Depending on the distance, the preparation will be from 8 to 12 weeks.
    • The prerequisite is an overall good physical condition with regular physical activity during the month previous to starting the training regime.
    • For trail runners who have never experienced electrostimulation, including qualitative sessions (strength), an initiation period of 2 to 3 weeks is strongly recommended.

    SIMILAR PROGRAMS ACROSS DIFFERENT COMPEX DEVICES
    Sometimes, Compex models will use different names to refer to the same program type. Below is a key so you can identify the correct program:

    • Capillarization = Oxygenation
    • Core stabilization = Muscle building
    • Training recovery = Active recovery
    • Ankle twist prevention = Explosive strength

    SETTING THE INTENSITY IS KEY
    For Development sessions (Strength, Core stabilization, Anke twist prevention)
    • Maximum toleration: It is crucial to reach the highest level of intensity possible (though the session must always remain bearable). Intensity
    determines the number of muscle fibers which are engaged or ‘recruited’ by the stimulation. The best way to determine your maximum toleration
    is simply through your own judgement of what your body can cope with. The contractions must be powerful without ever becoming intolerable.
    The progress of a stimulated muscle will be greater if the Compex device recruits a high number of its fibers.

    Download the training guide

  7. HOW TO INTEGRATE COMPEX INTO MARATHON PREPARATION

    WHEN TO START PREPARING
    • Each training plan lasts 10 weeks.
    • The prerequisite for this training is to be in overall good shape and to train on a regular basis for several months before the race.
    • For runners who are not used to muscle stimulation (especially with the strengthening Program) a 2-3 week initiation is highly recommended before starting with the 10 week training plan.

    marathon

    ADJUSTING STIMULATION INTENSITY IS THE KEY!
    For Programs inducing powerful muscular contractions (Endurance, Strength, Cross training, Core stabilization)
    Maximum toleration: It is crucial to reach the highest level of intensity possible (though the session must always remain bearable). Intensity
    determines the number of muscle fibers which are engaged or ‘recruited’ by the stimulation. The best way to determine your maximum toleration
    is simply through your own judgement of what your body can cope with. The contractions must be powerful without ever becoming intolerable.
    The progress of a stimulated muscle will be greater if the Compex device recruits a high number of its fibers.

    SEVERAL RULES TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE THIS:
    • Apply the electrodes according to the diagrams
    • Consider changing your electrodes on a regular basis. If the gel layer on the electrode deteriorates, it will be less conductive and you will not be
    able to achieve higher levels of stimulation.
    • Always look to progress:
    - Increase the intensity marginally every 3,4 or 5 contractions throughout a session.
    - In subsequent sessions aim to exceed the level of intensity reached in the previous session
    - It is often more comfortable to voluntarily contract the muscles, synchronised with the stimulation

    SIMILAR PROGRAMS ACROSS DIFFERENT COMPEX DEVICES
    Sometimes, Compex models will use different names to refer to the same program type. Below is a key so you can identify the correct program:
    • Capillarisation = Oxygenation
    • Core stabilization = Muscle building
    • Training recovery = Active recovery

    FOR TRAINING RECOVERY AND CAPILLARISATION PROGAMMES
    Increase the intensity gradually; it should produce visible muscular twitches

    DOWNLOAD THE TRAINING GUIDE

  8. HOW TO INTEGRATE COMPEX INTO TRIATHLON TRAINING

    HOW TO USE COMPEX IMPORTANT TIPS

    • This booklet offers three training plans: one for the short-distance triathlon, one for a Half-Ironman 70.3 triathlon (L) and a one for a Full-Ironman 140.6 triathlon (XL). The training plans outlined in this manual, incorporating the Compex sessions, are designed to run 10, 12 and 16 weeks respectively.
    • The prerequisite for this training is overall good physical condition with regular physical activity during the month previous to starting the training plan. It is recommended to have completed a shorter triathlon before preparing for the longer distance.
    • For triathletes who have never practiced electrostimulation, including qualitative sessions (endurance, strength, cross-training), an initiation period of 2 to 3 weeks is highly recommended before starting this full training regime.

    SETTING THE INTENSITY IS THE KEY TO SUCCEED

    For Development sessions (Endurance, Strength, Resistance, Core stabilization)
    Maximum toleration: It is crucial to reach the highest level of intensity possible (though the session must always remain bearable). Intensity determines the number of muscle fibers which are engaged or ‘recruited’ by the stimulation. The best way to determine your maximum toleration is simply through your own judgement of what your body can cope with. The contractions must be powerful without ever becoming intolerable.
    The progress of a stimulated muscle will be greater if the Compex device recruits a high number of its fibers.
    Some general rules to help you train:

    • Observe the electrode placements indicated and note their polarity (+ and - ). For wireless devices: the + polarity is located on the electrodes where there is an on / off button; for wired models, the + polarity comes from the color wire (*for older generation devices, the + polarity is located alongside the red connector. 
    • Consider changing your electrodes on a regular basis. If the gel layer on the electrode deteriorates, it will be less conductive and you will not be able to achieve higher levels of stimulation.
    • Always look to progress:
      • Increase the intensity marginally every 3,4 or 5 contractions throughout a session.
      • In subsequent sessions aim to exceed the level of intensity reached in the previous session
      • It is often more comfortable to voluntarily contract the muscles, synchronised with the stimulation

    For Training recovery and Capillarization sessions:
    Increase the intensity gradually; it should produce visible muscular twitches.

    DOWNLOAD THE TRAINING GUIDE

  9. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WOD WITH COMPEX

    Functional training combines gymnastics, weights and endurance sports.

    Functional training athletes have to be proficient in a huge variety of disciplines. They run, row, climb rope, jump, move objects and practice Olympic weightlifting movements using dumbbells, gymnastic rings, boxes, kettlebells, bags and other items which serve as training aids.

    Functional training focuses on the development of ten athletic skills:cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, strength, flexibility, power,speed, agility, psychomotor, balance and accuracy. The aim is to develop the capacity totrain with greater intensity for extended periods, utilising a variety of muscle groups.

     

    The WOD (Workout of the Day) is built around three principles:

    1. The movements are functional, or in other words, natural and easily transferable to everyday life: pushing, pulling, jumping, running or lifting a heavy object.
    2. The training is constantly varied. Rather than allowing the body to sink into a familiar routine or rhythm, and thus lessening the benefit received from the workout, functional training means you never know what to expect; training might include circuits one day (a sequence of exercises in a given time or for a set number of repetitions) and a singular activity the next: running or pure strength (such as deadlifting, backsquat or shoulder pressing).
    3. Training is always at high intensity; flirt with your own limitations: run as fast as possible, raise the bar with more weight, push yourself.

    Compex can be an the ideal partner to help you warm up the muscles, prevent injuries, recover better and faster, and even develop strength.

    In the next few pages you’ll see outlined the Compex programs recommended for functional training athletes...

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  10. INTEGRATING COMPEX INTO FITNESS TRAINING

    REGULARITY: THE KEY TO SUCCESS!

    You have a wonderful tool… the best training partner to sculpt your body and tone and shape your muscles. Patricia Soave, our expert trainer in Compex®, will help you to get visible results the same way she does for her customers.

    In order to get the best out of her programmes, you have to follow 3 basic rules:

    1) Regularity => A muscle that is not stimulated regularly will not adapt. You have to train minimum 3 times a week by muscle group for 4 to 6 weeks in order to get visible results.
    2) Intensity => To the maximum bearable intensity in order to stimulate as many muscle fibresas possible. At the beginning, the contractions might surprise you and you may ache in the days following. This is normal, because EMS will enable you to develop an important quantity of muscle fibres, more than during a normal bodybuilding training session.
    3) Combination of proposed exercises during contraction phase => Will enable you to shorten your training sessions with maximum efficiency, without putting any strain on your joints, but with heavier loads. The strength of EMS combined with voluntary contractions will multiply the benefits of your session. You will get a real muscular benefit!

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