Compex Meets MMA and BJJ fighter Ioannis Palaiologos (@palaiologos_ioannis), known to his many fans as The Greek Emperor! He has signed a contract with the Bellator league and he is now of the top European MMA fighters.
Compex: Hi there, Ioannis! Great to meet you - please could you start by telling our readers a bit about yourself?
Ioannis: Hello Compex! My name is Ioannis Palaiologos. I live in Greece, I am an MMA professional athlete and a proud member of the Compex Greece Team.
Compex: Fascinating. Could you tell our readers how you did got into MMA and BJJ?
Ioannis: I have been fighting as a pro since a decade now. I've fought lots of fights in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA sports, representing Greece around the globe including: USA, Russia, UK, Poland, Germany, Italy and Sweden.
After almost 30 pro fights in both USA and Europe and having collected a Greek MMA championship belt, I signed last year with Bellator which is one of the two best leagues of the world.
I own a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and a gold medal at the European No-Gi championship in Italy last season. I have also been nominated multiple times as a BJJ and No-Gi Champion in Greece, along with other European open championships.
Compex: How does Compex help you to find a competitive edge as a fighter?
Ioannis: Compex plays a really important role in my everyday routine. Especially in a combat sport like MMA, a lot of recovery between sessions is definitely needed. My Compex Muscle Stimulator helps me to avoid injuries and deeply recover after explosive trainings.
So, everyday finds me in a great condition and I am able to put all my effort in every day’s training. Especially during competition days of championships, when multiple fights take place on a single day, Compex is my best partner in warming up and instant rehabilitation.
For all the above reasons, I am so happy to be part of the Compex Team!
Compex: Which program/s do you like to use most on your SP 8.0, Ioannis?
Ioannis: In terms of training, my favorite programs are Endurance and Strength programs in dynamic trainings. I always use Warm Up or Overcompensation programs before trainings. Capillarisation 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: Fantastic, and do you use other Compex products?
Ioannis: Yes, of course! I use Fixx 2.0 massage gun. It boosts my pain relief and relaxes my muscles after training. I also use it sometimes for warming up my shoulders.
Compex Meets ultra runner Jovica Spajić (@jovicaspajic), captain of the Serbian National ultramarathon team in road ultramarathon and one of the best Trail-mountain ultra-runners in this part of the world.
Compex: Hi there, Jovica! Great to meet you - please could you start by telling our readers a bit about yourself?
Jovica: I am from Serbia, currently located in Belgrade. I was born in Priboj in Serbia in 1987. and grew up with my grandparents in Serbia’s wild mountains. We were tucked in an old wooden house far away in a small mountain village in Serbia. My grandfather encouraged me never to give up, never to break down, always push myself to the limits in everything I do. It has always stuck with me.
Compex: Fascinating. What sport do you do and how did you get into it?
Jovica: My whole life has been about training. I developed a deep love for ultra-running because when you run in the mountains it gives you a clear mind. You have a true relationship with nature, a real sense of freedom. As a member of the special forces, during different field trainings and tasks, I faced extreme physical and psychological difficulties. This constantly questioned and pushed the limits of my abilities, motivation and strength of spirit. Similarly, participating in some of the world’s hardest ultramarathons, I have passed through the most extreme areas on the planet, through dark rainforests, been scorched by the sun and whipped by the wind.
Very recently, I won one of the most challenging and demanding endurance events on planet - the legendary Iditarod trail invitational race in Alaska, and now with additional motivation I am continuing with new goals.
Ultra-running and especially this type of extreme Ultra-trail distance running is fairly synonymous to regular life. It is filled with ups and downs, but you must always find motivation and inspiration to move forward and be determined and dedicated until the finish line. My credo is always: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.”
Compex: How does Compex help you to find a competitive edge?
Jovica: For me personally, the Compex SP 8.0 muscle stimulator is amazingly useful recovery tool and my go-to companion on daily basis. I use it most after a hard training sessions, intense workouts, or long training days in mountains and deep backcountry. I am 100% noticing that my legs feeling looser and fresher the next day.
Compex: Which program/s do you like to use most on your SP 8.0, Jovica?
Jovica: My favorite programs are Training Recovery and Reduce Muscle Soreness. After 2 months of using Compex SP 8.0 muscle stimulator, I can definitely tell that programs are effective at reducing soreness and promoting muscle recovery.
The other major advantage of Compex is its "easy to use" characteristic. I can fit in recovery sessions during my breaks from obligations at work in Special Unit.
Compex: Fantastic, and do you use other Compex products?
Jovica: Very recently, I took receipt of a new product, the Compex Ayre Wireless Compression Boots. My initial thoughts are positive and I am looking forward to use it during coming days. I think it can really boost my preparations for next big goals, races and epic projects.
The Compex team are extremely happy to announce another new athlete! 6x World Champion cyclist, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is joining the #CompexAthletes roster.
We sat down with Pauline to discuss her life, career and new affiliation with #TeamCompex.
Compex: Can you introduce yourself?
Pauline: Hello, my name is Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, I am 29 years old, and I am a professional cyclist. Born in February 1992 in Reims, France, I most recently won the European and World Cross-Country Championships in 2020.
Compex: How did you get started in your sport?
Pauline: Cycling is like a tradition in my family, as my parents were cyclists themselves. My dad owned a bike shop in Reims, where we used to live. However my mother never really wanted me to bike because she thought it was not a feminine sport. At the age of 5, she made me start ice-skating, but I didn't enjoy it much at all. So I decided to bike, and loved it right away. From a very young age, I think we can say I was a bit of a fighter. I was like my mother in that I would never give up! I was creating cyclo-cross parkours in the backyard with pallets. You could definitely say I was a bit of a tomboy at the time, but I loved training so much.
Compex: Which Compex products do you use the most?
Pauline: My SP8.0 is the one I use the most because it's the most efficient for my recovery. I was also able to test the Ayre compression boots, and I really liked them. I don't think it will take long before they become my favorite!
Compex: How does Compex help you find a competitive edge as an athlete?
Pauline: We often hear that recovery is as important as training, if not more, and I believe it is really something you need to seriously consider as a professional athlete. When you have Compex as a partner, it is so much easier to do so. Now, no more excuses to optimize performance on the recovery side as well.
Compex: Tell us a phrase that you live by?
Pau: "You can find positive everywhere". I know it may sound simple or cliché, but try your best to do it when the times are hard. It's a real challenge, and it can change everything.
The Compex team are delighted to welcome Pau Capell to our roster of athletes. Pau is a 2x Ultra Trail World Champion and will now have an army of Compex training and recovery products to help him #FeelNextLevel.
We sat down with Pau to discuss his life, career and new affiliation with the Compex brand.
Compex: Welcome to the Compex Team, Pau! Please could you explain to the Compex audience something about yourself? What is your background?
Pau: I am a professional Trail Running athlete and also an engineer, but I never got to work on it. After recovering from a cruciate ligament and meniscus injury at the age of 20, I discovered Trail Running and from then on I discovered a parallel reality. I have always been very athletic, loving both football and tennis. This quote chases me: "Fight for your goals and love what you have”. I think it is essential to have a strong balance between the dreams that you have and the people with whom you want to achieve them. For me, family and friends are the most important things, so if they can they always accompany me to the races.
Compex: How did you get into doing sports?
Pau: It all started because of my parents. I remember being a kid and practicing sports with them. I have always played football and tennis, always at the amateur level, but the best thing was practicing them with my parents and brothers and being able to share this passion with them. In addition, I am passionate about the sea and I have also competed in sailing.
Compex: Which Compex products do you normally use?
Pau: I use muscle stimulation to recover from intense training sessions, but I hope to use all the products that Compex has recently released on the market.
Compex: How does Compex help you find the competitive edge?
Pau: In recovery, a lot!
Compex: Tell us a quote that describes your way of life
Pau: Fight for your goals and love what you have.
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.
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!
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.
Compex sat down with French Personal Trainer, Mevenig Rio, to discuss his experiences with Compex and how it can aid your training routine.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.