A world-leading triathlete, we sit down with Frederik Van Lierde to discuss his approach to his sport and the role Compex plays within it.
Compex: Hi Frederik, great to see you and hope you're well! Please give us an insight to you?
Frederik: Hi guys, certainly so I'm from Belgium, living in Menen close to the border with France (Lille) and I'm affiliated to Compex Benelux team.
Compex: Thanks Frederik, and how did you get into your sport?
Frederik: I'm a Triathlete. I started when I was 17 (I'm now 40 in 2019) and I turned pro when I was 23, having previously been a competition swimmer. My goal as an athlete is to continue until 2020 and win as many Ironman as possible, so I still have 3 years to prove my value. For me, the important thing is to believe in yourself, and that's what I do all the time.
Compex: That's great, you've certainly been a committed Triathlete for a long time! How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?
Frederik: Compex helps me in every concept to improve, To recover faster and better so that I can train harder to get stronger.
Compex: Good to hear! Which programme/s do you use?
Frederik: I use it for Recovery after training and competition which really helps me a lot. I also use it before some training sessions to prepare muscle activity, which is very helpful!
Compex: Do you use other Compex products?
Frederik: I'm really interested in using Compex Tape more often.
Compex: Awesome, well we wish all the best for the season Frederik, we're sure you'll smash it!
Frederik: Thanks a lot guys!
Tony Voisin: Athlete OCR
Fitness instructor and coach
2017 Vice World Champion OCR
Compex: Hi Tony, it's a pleasure to meet with you - please could you tell us a little bit about yourself? How you got into the sport and your relationship with Compex?
Tony Voisin: Okay, so I practice the obstacle course. Sport for me is a lifestyle and I think that today it is the best medicine to guard against the bad things in the world. I've been affiliated to the Compex France team since 2018.
Compex: Great, and which Compex device do you use? How did you hear about Compex and what programmes do you use?
Tony: Currently I am using the Compex SP8 Wod Edition. I discovered Compex in 2016, when I visited the Compex booth at the Body Fitness Show. It was explained to me that this one device could help me recover from competition, and also to participate in my physical preparation and training.
I started to learn a little more and I acquired a Compex device. I first started using the recovery program, and I immediately felt the effects. I also used the program Heavy Legs because I have a problem with blood circulation. Then I integrated the capillarisation and I felt real benefits before my races.
Compex: When and how did you really start integrating Compex into your physical training?
Tony: I started to integrate Compex in my physical training in 2018, in view of the world championships. I first did a 5 week cycle on strength, twice a week, in addition to strength training in bodybuilding and a session in dynamics, that is to say box jumps or heels-buttocks.
Then, I followed up with a cycle of 5 weeks in resistance. I took a week of recovery between the two cycles to recover.
Compex: What did you get out of it?
I feel that in the ribs, which was my weak point, I have more power and I can better resist lactates. I really progressed, my legs are much lighter too!
Compex: The final word?
I will end with a phrase that is a bit my leitmotif: Get up with determination to lie down with satisfaction.
Compex: Hi Anouk! Nice to meet you, please could you tell us a little bit about you and your sport?
Anouk: Hi, my name is Anouk Garnier, I’m an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete. I’m Vice World Champion in OCR and I was also a member of the Spartan Race European champion team. I’ve also been a Compex France Athlete since 2018.
Compex: Wow, that’s an impressive CV. How did you get into OCR?
Anouk: I like to push myself, test my limits and press them back at every competition. This improvement is important in my everyday life, it helps me to grow and to be better. One of my favourite feelings is passing a finish line, feeling that I gave everything – that's why I'm addicted to the obstacle races.
Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge? Which programme/s do you use?
Anouk: I am now using the Compex SP8 Wod Edition, but I knew about Compex years ago. At first I knew Compex only through its aesthetic programs and I didn’t know that it could also be used for recovery.
I tried the recovery program for the first time when I went to the OCR World Championships and felt a real difference in my recovery.
I now use a lot of post-workout recovery, post-competition recovery and relaxing massage programs.
Recently, I started physical fitness programs, including resistance programnes on the legs.
Compex: Thanks Anouk! Great to hear from you.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compex is excited to announce and welcome the newest members of our family, BarSparta a leading Calisthenics and street workout organisation from UK.
We are proud to support these incredible athletes on their worldwide competitions and workshops. We had a chance to catch up with them in London where they were explaining more about their passion and their experience with Compex.
To learn more about Calisthenics and the BarSparta team, checkout their website http://barsparta.co.uk/ or their social media channels:
WHEN TO START PREPARING
If you love nothing more than taking on challenging trail runs, then why not learn about our Compex devices can help you enhance your performance? We've put together a training guide to help you integrate your Compex device into your training regiment.
- 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.
These large butt muscles are among the muscles most powerful of the body and it is thanks to them (among others) that we are able to stand. Mainly used when walking, racing or the jumping, the gluteus muscles tend to lose their qualities when they are not sufficiently used. A frequent consequence of this degradation is the progressive decrease in the tonicity of the muscles which become flaccid. This flaccidity has an unfortunate effect on the silhouette since it is responsible for the collapse of the tissues of the buttocks and an increase in the volume of the gluteus region.
The Compex effectively invigorates and strengthens the gluteus muscles by inducing the work appropriate to the users aim, and without compromising muscle volume. The quality of micro-electrical pulses induces an in-depth force that progresses during the course of each session. After the first 4 weeks of use, the muscles will have already made good progress and the user will begin to see visible results. The last two weeks then offer more intensive sessions in order to optimize the strengthening of the muscles.
After the six week "attack" treatment, maintenance through a single session per week is recommended to maintain the results acquired, and would be even better if regular physical activity is conducted at the same time.
In order to develop muscular qualities in general, muscle volume in particular, the force from electro-stimulation must essentially meet two requirements; ensuring a significant percentage of the muscle fibers are involved during each contraction, but also that the regime of work imposed to the stimulated muscle is adapted to develop the muscular mass.
It is the quality of the stimulation pulses which allow for the in depth muscle fibers to work, without being limited beforehand by "electrical" pain. After a few sessions of familiarization with the technique, it is possible to reach maximum contractions only by the stimulation, as this has been demonstrated by Gilles Cometti at the University of Dijon.
The workout plan designed by Compex for the chest is absolutely incredible with a quantity of cumulative work hardly feasible during a voluntary training session. Recall in effect, that one of the advantages specific to electro-stimulation is that the amount of work is not limited by the increase in heart rate or by the mental or psychical fatigue, as is the case during intensive voluntary training. This does not exclude the fact that the combination of the 2 forms of training is always recommended for obtaining the best results!