When I got the CEP socks in the mail to review, I was not hesitant to try them on. Socks with a purpose? That I like!
But first, what are CEP Compression socks?...
CEP Running O2 Sportsocks maximize muscle oxygenation and boost energy with CEP's unparalleled scientifically optimized ultimate compression technology for all-day benefits. You’ll run with less effort, increased speed, decreased recovery time, reduced fatigue and optimized performance.
The days of wearing socks “solely” to protect feet from blistering are over. CEP compression sportsocks are the first truly functional compression sport socks with a patented pressure flow technology that provide a scientifically proven increase in blood circulation and a consequent increase in performance. In addition to blister prevention, CEP socks provide more oxygen, more energy, an improved metabolization of lactic acid, and faster recovery so you can return to training quicker than ever.
The first time I wore these socks was when I felt some stiffness on my calves and then later on when I felt some soreness on my Achilles tendon. It didn't make the stiffness and soreness go away instantaneously, but it somehow lessened it. I know it's because of the compression technology. I've always been a fan of anything compression (tights, sportsbra, etc.).
The primary rationale behind wearing compression socks in a race is that they may improve oxygen delivery to the muscles, increase endurance, faster lactic acid removal, cramp prevention and minimized muscle fatigue. If you watched Ironman KONA, you would've noticed a lot of triathletes wearing compression socks. That was what got me curious about these compression socks. Anything, that can help us on our runs, I am all for. That said, the CEP socks does not disappoint.
It's getting really warm here in CA so this is the best alternative to wearing tights. It may appear to be thick and tight, but once you wear them, the material is actually breathable and your legs don't feel like it's being suffocated.
My only problem was actually the time spent wearing the socks. It wasn't easy. However, I searched online and found this video from CEP on how to wear them in just seconds...
Easy peasy, ey?
You may get them at www.sportscompression.com
Disclaimer: I did not pay for this iFitness Belt. They were sent to me and in exchange, I post an honest review of it. I was not compensated nor was I encouraged by the manufacturer to post a positive review. This review is based solely on my experience with this product.