Clothing that helps you lose weight?!!! Sign me up! This is exactly what the new activewear brand Physiclo is promising. Their new line of leggings come with a promise to make your workouts more efficient, and contribute additional weight loss. Physiclo is calling this new line of clothing their resistance training wear. The name is simply a reflection of the mechanisms behind the activewear. The leggings are constructed with resistance bands inside of them, very similar to ones that you would use at the gym.
The resistance band come in the form of “power panels”, that make everyday and extraneous movement more difficult. Physiclo founders Keith Smart and Frank Yao say that after several prototypes they have created leggings that are “optimized for balance between impact (resistance) and comfort.” According to them while they were in medical school, “We were seeing a lot of patients in the clinics suffering from poor lifestyle habits, namely lack of exercise … That’s when we came up with the idea of incorporating exercise resistance bands, commonly used in rehab medicine and physical therapy, into workout clothing.” The pants are designed to make your normal workouts more intense, giving your better results quicker. It is recommended that when trying the pants out for the first time you try a low intensity workout, as most people aren’t prepared for the difference the pants truly make. And in order to receive the best results it is recommended to be used for at least 30 min. at a time, but no longer than 2 hours, as they can become pretty uncomfortable if worn for an extended period of time.
For many years that have been debates of whether or not resistance band training is really worth anything. Most studies have come back with that it is. According to NFL trainer, and physical therapist Phil Page, “Research demonstrates that elastic resistance training provides as much benefit in strength gains as the use of more expensive and cumbersome weight-training equipment. Performing an exercise program for as little as 6 weeks with elastic resistance can increase strength 10 to 30 percent.”
So how does their new activewear rank up against the competition? A recent test shows that proper usage of their products can increase your calories burned by 14% and your muscle activation by 23% versus other activewear. Currently physiclo offers these workout magic leggings in 3 lengths shorts ($95), capris ($110), and pants ($125). Check them out here.
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