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  1. Compex Meets... Mevenig Rio

    Compex sat down with French Personal Trainer, Mevenig Rio, to discuss his experiences with Compex.

    I work in a gym, but also at home. My clientele is varied and interested in everything from health, returning to sports, aesthetics, self confidence, and weight loss, to more specific objectives related to weight training, running, cycling, and preparing for police or fireman contests.

    I began using Compex® in my own workouts to improve recovery. Once I had discovered its other features I used it for pain management, massage, and physical preparation. Then I used it with my clients in their personal training sessions, which gave them added value and improved my coaching.

    I use Compex® a lot in combined sessions; I combine voluntary exercises with Compex contraction to boost and energize my sessions and get results more quickly, and with both beginners and experienced athletes. It is the choice of the exercise associated with Compex® that will enable maximum muscle fibres, optimized training and help achieve better results.

    In terms of results for my clients, I have noticed a real gain in recovery, which is faster and allows for better quality sessions. In the treatment of muscle and tendinitis, Compex® relieves pain and promotes healing. On the physical preparation of runners or cyclists I have also seen real progress in terms of gaining strength while keeping the muscle mass gain. Gain in muscle tone is also much faster for users looking to lose weight or tone up.

    Compex® boosts and optimizes its sessions by targeting a specific work goal. Thanks to the good recovery it enables, it makes it easier to chain drives and prevent injuries. Best of all, Compex® allows you to complete your training and planning at home, meaning you can reach your goals much faster.

  2. Compex Meets... David Navarro

    Compex sits down with Spanish Personal Trainer, David Navarro.

    It seems that muscle stim has suddenly become fashionable, but the reality is that high level athletes and physiotherapists have been using Compex® for long enough to be able to attest to its success.

    Compex® is not a fad, it is a reality taken to the highest level. It enables users to recover and improve their muscle condition, muscle gain, movement, and quality of life, be it in sport or during their daily life challenges.

    As a personal trainer, I believe Compex® is best used to train for specific goals. My clients must trust that I am fully committed to helping them reach their goals, and I must be able to trust my tools.

    When explaining the training process to my clients, I make sure they understand that without the high-end technology of Compex®, certain goals will take a lot longer to achieve, and in some cases may be impossible.

    While I’ve used the Compex® Fit 5.0 to achieve a lot of different results, I find it most effective in helping my clients compensate their weaker muscle groups, and to strengthen and recover muscle structures compromised during sport or daily activities.

    One such client is Sara Lobla, a wedding photographer who suffers from back, shoulder and knee pain due to the physical demands of her job. When Sara is preparing for a wedding, I can take these demands into account when planning her training routine with Compex®. This helps me to know exactly what programmes to use during her training sessions.

    And just as athletes have down time, so Sara has periods with less work. This gives me a window to really focus on muscle training to give her more strength and resistance, allowing her to focus on her job.

    Working with 2 channels simplifies any type of workout and lets me focus on individual muscle groups without the need to deactivate additional channels that would be present on other devices.

    Sara has now successfully relieved her back, shoulder, and knee pain. Besides using the Compex® Fit 5.0 to improve her muscle condition, helping her to keep taking impressive photos, we also use this device to help her get in shape and tone her buttocks and abs.

    Ultimately, nothing escapes from the Compex® Fit 5.0!

  3. Compex Meets... Patricia Soave

    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 fibres as 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!

    Bio

    Director of Vertigo Diffusion and of Wellness Attitude based in Lausanne (Switzerland). Trainer at the Sports Department of Lausanne University since 1993 where she has trained more than 1500 fitness coaches. Personal trainer since 1995.

    As International Gymstick Master, Presenter, Lecturer and Judge, she has been invited to more than 20 countries and collaborates with prestigious companies.

  4. Compex Meets... TJ García

    TJ Garcia

    Physiotherapist and L1 CrossFit Trainer, TJ García walks us through integrating Compex with your functional training routine.

    Compex: Hi TJ, hope you're well! What benefits does Compex give you for your functional training?

    TJ García: Sometimes functional training focuses on all-over exercises such as squats, dead lifting, and others. But we mustn’t forget the need for exercises that target specific areas, in order to avoid potential imbalances that can stop us from seeing improvements from these workouts. In these cases, electrical stimulation can help us to work on a specific muscle, such as the gluteus medius through squats, to make sure that the knee doesn’t go inwards.

    It also helps us to gain strength since electrical stimulation helps us increase the number of muscular fibres that respond to contraction, making it more powerful and efficient. We can also work on muscle resistance to make the muscles more resistant to fatigue. It is a great help in recovery, because it helps our muscles to relax, and it vascularises the area, cleaning waste products away from the muscle, which are generated when we train.

    Other benefits are the convenience of being able to stick on some electrodes anywhere, at a competition, in the car, before and after training, and with wireless technology you can easily include it in your training.

    Compex: How would you define Compex in 3 words?

    TJ García: Effective, convenient and versatile.

    Compex: Do you have any tips for anyone starting functional training?

    TJ García: Always start off with a good trainer who corrects your technique, and have the patience to learn to do the movements properly.

    Compex: What is it that makes functional training attractive and essential to you?

    TJ García: The fact that it helps us become more agile and stronger for our daily life, for lifting suitcases or children, having a strong and healthy back, being able to run after your child or your niece or nephew without getting out of breath, at the end of the day it helps us enjoy life more.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Compex Meets... George Loufekis

    George Loufekis

    Compex: Hey George, great to meet with you - please give our readers a snapshot of you and your background?

    George: Hello Compex! I am from Greece, and have mostly lived in Athens. I am affiliated to Compex Greece Team. Since I was 12 years old, I have been training in the track & field sport.

    Along with my athlete career, I am coaching other athletes who want to improve their level, or be competitive athletes. I lead a crew of multi-sport athletes, providing them with the programming and guidance needed. 

    Compex: Wow, sounds like you're a busy guy, George? What sport do you do and how did you get into it?

    George: Two years ago, I decided to challenge myself again and I started trail running, road running and Duathlon.

    I've been fortunate enough to collect many achievements in my career, and have been ranked among the best athletes in road, stadium and mountain races. It is a fact that these different running fields are difficult to be combined in such a competitive level.

    I would definitely highlight my presence for more than 10 times, among the 6 best athletes of the National Track & Field Championship, including certain Duathlon championships.

    Recently I was nominated for the 2nd place at the ‘National Mountain Race Championship’. This podium place, gave me the ticket to the ‘European Mountain Championship’ in Switzerland on July 2019.

    During the last 5 years, I have won a podium place in literally all races I have been competing (more than 15 races per year).

    I enjoy challenging myself in running in every field, in any way. Just name the race.

     

    George Loufekis

     

    Compex: Your consistency over the years has been admirable! How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    George: Along with the super effective recovery, one the biggest benefits of Compex is that you can improve your muscle strength in a short time period, avoiding the skeletal strain that can come with lifting weights.

    You can also workout all muscle groups separately, which is very important as Trail Running requires very strong legs, as well as core stabilization.

    Personally, I am using a different strengthening program for every muscle group, depending on the needs of the upcoming race or target each time.

    Compex: Which program/s do you use?

    George: I certainly use the most widespread recovery programs, which are Competition Recovery and Reduce Muscle Soreness. Recently, I have been a great fan of Cramp Prevention.

    After demanding trainings, races and muscle pain in specific muscle groups, I always use TENS – Pain Management. Especially in trail running, while running downhill, the leg tendons are highly stressed. In such cases, Compex has great results.

    While training with Compex, I use different programs for all muscle groups, depending on the needs of the upcoming race. In terms of a high level training, I would propose 2 strengthening programs, which will work out different type of muscles, in one training. E.g Explosive Strength & Endurance. Last but not least, I love Capillarisation.

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