Check out our offers | Coronavirus-COVID 19

Marathon

  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 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.

  3. 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.

3 Item(s)