Runners recovery routines are just as varied as the running shoes they wear. From ice baths to stretching, rolling to compression, and many more. I've recently had the opportunity to try a new (to me) recovery technique via Elevated Legs. Elevated Legs is a compression pump system that provides muscle compression to aid recovery. The pump has tubing that attaches to leg sleeves that have four different chambers and fit over your legs to provide muscle compression. The compression can be sequential (circulation mode) during which one chamber fills at a time (starting at the feet and moving toward the thighs/hamstrings) and after all are filled they release at the same time. The compression can also occur peristaltially during which one chamber fills and releases at a time before the next chamber does the same, starting at your feet and moving towards your upper legs. I prefer the massage mode, and it is easy to select the mode you prefer. It also has various pressure levels to fit your needs and this can be changed during the compression process. I tend to start with lighter pressure and move onto much more compression as the session goes on. Despite its name, Elevated Legs can also be used for other parts of the body. For example it can attach to arm sleeves or shorts-which target the upper legs, abs and lower back. I have been using the leg sleeves after long runs and have noticed a significant decrease in muscle soreness. I have also used Elevated Legs if I have two big effort days back to back and feel better recovered before and after the second run. I also used it after a marathon recently and had absolutely no leg soreness the following days, that's probably the first time I've ever had that happen. It provided a benefit during a recent trail relay. I used it in between runs and felt like my legs were better recovered and felt better during the subsequent runs. The separate compartments can be de-selected and I really took advantage of this when I fell during my first leg of the recent trail relay, causing some bruising and abrasions on me left shin. By selecting that compartment I was still able to use the leg sleeves to help in my muscle recovery. The only thing I could have used during that time is the option to de-select a chamber for only one leg, so that the uninjured leg could have benefited from the compression of all four chambers. I'm excited to see how the next few months go marathon and ultramarathon training. Looking forward to feeling better recovered during training and post races. I recommend you all look into having Elevated Legs be part of your recovery routine. We have a discount code to share with all of you for the Platinum Series which comes with a 2 year warranty. The discount code is Elena10 for 10% off the Platinum Series.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I paid for my own Elevated Legs at a discount. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.