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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. Self-Care in a Stressful World with Dr Sue Knowles

    Dr Sue Knowles is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, who works for Changing Minds UK (www.changingmindsuk.com), and an author of self-help books for young people. Dr Sue Knowles

    Top Tips for coping in Stressful Times:

    1) Getting a good night’s sleep – Sleep is so, so important for your health and wellbeing. Maybe use this opportunity of being in lockdown to think about and improve your sleep routine, and you’ll see a big impact upon how you generally feel. Start by asking yourself, am I getting enough sleep every night? Do I have a proper bedtime routine? Do I generally go to bed and get up at about the same time? Is my bedroom an appealing place to sleep? (cool, dark, quiet). Then start to make little tweaks to your sleep routine and notice yourself start to feel a little more refreshed each day.

    Sleep Compex Tip: Why not enhance your endorphin release using Compex programmes such as relaxing massage before bed.

     

    2) Closeness and connection – We need closeness and feelings of connection with others – it’s what makes us human. Although it can be hard to be physically close to others right now, think carefully about how you can continue to connect. It might be sending a text, photo or video, checking-in with friends or family, sending an email, or having a videocall, or finding ways to play games together online. You may even want to go old-school and send a letter.

     

    Relaxation Compex Tip: Why not multitask and run a massage or recovery programme using our wireless devices whilst catching up with friends and family via emails or on a videocall.

     

    3) Keep up with our exerciseFor lots of people, exercise is one of the best coping strategies. It can relieve stress and tension, help us to ‘let go’ of the day, make us feel physically better, and improve our mood. It can also be an important part of our daily routine. Although you might not be able to exercise in the ways that you usually would (such as going to the gym) seek out other ways to exercise and be creative.

     

    Training Compex Tip: Incorporating Compex into your Home Exercise Training plan is a great way to supercharge your workout. See the Training Pages on the Compexstore for more information on how to train with Compex.

     

    4) Self-soothing – One of the best ways to make ourselves feel better, is to find things that help us to feel soothed. Is it snuggling with a blanket on the sofa, having a bath, having a bowl of warm comforting soup, sitting in front of an open fire, or kneading dough? Everyone is a bit different, so you can have fun exploring what works best for you. For example, some people prefer warmth (a hot water bottle, hot bath etc.) and others prefer the cold (a cold compress or icy cold drink).

    5) Opposite emotion – One way to alter our emotional state, is to do things that play into the opposite emotion. For example, if we’re feeling sad or low, it can be useful to watch a funny film/comedy show, read an uplifting book or listen to a high-energy playlist. Or if we’re feeling angry, we can listen to calming music and try to relax our bodies.

    Wellbeing

    6) Release any tension – When we get stressed, angry or anxious, we tend to hold this emotion within our bodies. Sometimes we don’t realise that we are feeling this way until we do a body scan. Try checking in with your body right now – how am I feeling in my body? Am I tense? Are my shoulders relaxed? If you feel any tension, gently let it go on each outbreath. Slowly notice your body start to relax. Other useful ways to let go of any tension are doing progressive muscle relaxation exercises or having a massage.

    Release Tension Compex Tip: Why not release some tension with a self massage from the Compex Fixx 1.0. Loosen those tight muscles and get some immediate relief from the comfort of your own home.

     

    7) Tune into the here and now – When going through a stressful period, we might notice that our minds race, and our thoughts feel overwhelming. But when we can calm our minds, this can help us to feel much better, more in control, and reduce feelings of stress. Mindfulness is a technique that helps us to pause, quiet our minds, and ‘be aware’ in the present moment. There are lots of great apps out there with guided meditations that you can use, or you might want to try out the ‘breathing mindfulness exercise’ below.

    8) Remember what works for YOU – We have often been through tough times in our lives and have somehow learned ways to get through them. Try to think back of what has helped you to cope in the past: what did you learn from that experience? What strengths can you draw upon now to help you to cope with what you are currently going through? What coping strategies can you use again?

    9) Be kind to yourself – In this stressful time, the headlines suggest that society is generally being more empathic and compassionate. It’s absolutely true that lots of people are going out of their way to care for, and support, other people. But sometimes, we forget to do this for ourselves. We can continue to hold unrealistic and high standards for ourselves, when we would never expect this of others. It’s important to remind ourselves that we are going through this too, and that “It’s okay to not be okay”.

     

     

    Mindful Breathing

    Find a comfortable position, whether you are lying down or sitting on a chair. If you’re sitting, make sure that your back remains straight, but allow your shoulders to gently drop. Notice your eyelids starting to feel heavy and gently close your eyes. Feel your body becoming heavy and allow it to sink down into the chair or bed. Acknowledge a sense of your body and mind slowing down. When you’re ready, bring your attention to your breathing, breathing in slowly…and out slowly.

    Bring your attention to your chest, feeling it rise gently on your in-breath, and fall on the out-breath. Continue to focus upon your breathing, staying with each in-breath and each out-breath.

    Every time you notice that your mind starts to wander, as it naturally will, gently bring your attention back to the feeling of the breath. If your mind wanders from the breath a thousand times, then your job is simply to gently bring your attention back to the breath each time, gently and compassionately.

    Now, when you feel ready, gently bring your attention to your nose. Feel the cold air rushing through your nostrils on the in-breath, and the warm air rushing out through your mouth on the out-breath. If you find it hard to focus, perhaps swap this around, and breath in through your mouth and out through your nose.

    Finally, when you feel ready, bring your attention to the whole breath. Notice how the cold air rushes in through your nostrils, how your chest rises and falls, and the warm air rushes out of your mouth. Be with each breath for its whole journey.

    To end the mindfulness exercise, slowly bring your attention back to the room, gently open your eyes, and wiggle your toes.

     

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-knowles-088317a0/

    Twitter: @suefknowles

  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.... Dr Thierry Laporte

    Compex Meets... Dr Thierry Laporte, Sports Cardiologist in Bordeaux. Head of Pôle Activité Santé Hôpital Bagatelle.

    Dr Thierry Laporte assisted us with putting together our Marathon Training Plan.

    It has been almost 20 years since I started using VO2 max assessment tests and training thresholds on runners and cyclists. As a Sports Cardiologist, it is exciting that from an individual’s data it is possible to offer a customized training program.

    As well as a heart-rate monitor, I often recommend using electrical muscle stimulation; EMS provides a useful compliment to conventional training sessions, particularly in the following examples:

    • After intense ‘qualitative’ sessions, usually involving a 30/30 split (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off resting) or after a session at threshold, using the ‘Active Recovery’ programme can speed up the recovery process, building muscles, and thus empowering athletes to train again the next day without qualitative or quantitative accumulative fatigue. This reduces the risk of over-training.
    • The ‘Endurance’ program is not a substitution for conventional quantitative long run session, but it helps to prepare the muscles stimulated during the active session. Compex stimulation can shorten the duration of a session by 30 minutes, limiting the musculoskeletal fatigue while maintaining the same muscle charge. Even in exceptional circumstances, such as poor weather or geographical impossibility, the complete ‘Endurance’ program can mitigate the adverse consequences of missing a session
    • In the days leading up to the competition, it is recommended to reduce the training workload. In this case, I advise using the ‘Capillarisation’ Program every 2 days, 10 days before the race. This Program increases the blood flow, thereby improving the muscular efficiency during an endurance effort. It also has an advantage in not creating additional muscle fatigue. The ‘Capillarisation’ session can be integrated on a weekly training schedule in alternation with a muscle-strengthening session. There is an drastic improvement in stride-efficiency the days following Capillarisation. This is easy to track with a heart rate monitor; the runner will see an increase in speed whilst keeping the same heart-rate level.

    The other area in which muscle stimulation is beneficial is for a prolonged immobilization as a result of a disease, muscle or tendon injury or after an accident or trauma. In all of the above cases, immobilization will result in atrophy and physical degeneration. Electrical muscle stimulation programs like ‘Reinforcement’ or ‘Muscle Atrophy’ (if atrophy is present), used on a daily basis, will limit the adverse consequences of ceasing to train. Keep in mind that it takes twice the length of time incapacitated to recover the former muscle strength and condition.

  7. Compex Meets... Guy Hemmerlin

     

    Compex Meets... Guy Hemmerlin, Head Coach - Endurance Training Concept

    Guy Hemmerlin

    Guy helped to put together our Triathlon training guide, 3 bespoke plans for Half-Triathon, Triathon 70.3 and Triathlon 140.6.

     

    I used Compex for ten years as a tri-athlete. It allowed me to complete my daily workout with muscle stimulation sessions specific to my needs. The workouts I did with my Compex device complimented the work I was doing in all three of my sport’s disciplines.

    When my career evolved into sports coaching, I naturally integrated Compex with the regime for my professional and amateur athletes. I am convinced of the value of this technology and appreciate the development and research constantly undergone by this brand.

    Whether to encourage a more complete recovery or enhance a specific muscle-building workout, Compex equipment is a valuable training tool for
    any tri-athlete. This sport consists of three extremely demanding disciplines which require a significant volume of muscular training and development. Compex saves time while retaining the highest workout quality.

     

    Guy's Bio

    After a decade-long triathlon career, Guy Hemmerlin put on the coaching hat in 1996, taking the reins of the D1 Tricastin Team.

    In 1998, he took advantage of the evolving internet to become the first coach in Europe to launch a remote coaching website. Year after year, Guy deepened his knowledge and experience from continual contact with professional and amateur athletes in the field.

    In 2014, Guy published his first long-distance triathlon training book entitled ‘0-226 km’. In 2015 he wrote the important swimming manual ‘From Pool To Open Water’, decrypting the front-crawl. In the same year, he became a certified Ironman coach, an honour very few achieve.

    A true professional, his expertise is virtually unsurpassed. The Guy Hemmerlin training method is constantly evolving, but remains accessible to all athletes, a benchmark in the Triathlon world.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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