8/10/11 8/10/11 POPSUGAR Fitness Fitness Gear Best Women's Compression Wear to Improve Your Workout The Truth About Compression Wear (Plus, 7 New Styles) August 10, 2011 by Self 5 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Self here on FitSugar! I'm not much into repression, depression or even obsession (unless we're talking about Loeffler Randall boots and Mistral hand cream.) But, these days, I am totally on board with compression. Once upon a time, we thought ultra-tight compression shorts were for guys, keeping their "family jewels" in place (out of view) and their legs from chafing while running. Turns out that compression garments actually warm the body's muscles, warding off injury, and even increase athletic ability. Plus, now they come in all these cute styles for us ladies. Now, the athletic-wear industry has caught on, so there are a myriad women's choices — way beyond just shorts — for every style and need. Read on to learn about why compression wear works, and check out 7 of the latest style options! Source: Thinkstock The Research Image Source: Thinkstock According to a 2003 Journal of Sports Sciences study, where the subjects included 10 male and 10 female track athletes, compression garments impacted movement and muscle warmth: "Hip flexion angle was reduced. Skin temperature increased more and at a faster rate during a warm-up. Muscle oscillation was decreased during vertical jump landing. Countermovement vertical jump height increased." So, what does that mean? Well, basically, compression shorts likely increase "extension torque" and may help hamstrings control the leg during sprints: "The compressive garment significantly reduced impact force by 27% compared with American football pants alone. Through various mechanisms, these findings may translate into an effect on athletic performance and a reduction in injuries." Sounds good to me! Wild Child You'll be an animal at the gym in these new zebra Print Compression Shorts ($17.99) by Soffe with a low-rise, 3-inch inseam and, of course, tight fit — also available in tiger and leopard prints. Roar. gym in these new zebra $17.99 from self.com Buy Now Print Compression Shorts from soffe.com Buy Now Hardcore Lines like 2XU — an Australian brand associated with Ironman — have made compression an art form. Their newest high-tech apparel is divided into three categories: PERFORM for intense workouts, XFORM, for workouts and recovery and REFRESH solely for recovery exercise. Their newest launch is a Compression Recovery Tight ($160), developed and researched over the course of five years. They're made from a powerful PWX "weight" fabric with "medically graduated compression ratings" and breathable circular knit lycra to increase blood flow, flexibility and muscle support. Compression Recovery Tight $160 from shopatron.com Buy Now Above and Beyond Sometimes the upper body needs a little compression action too, which is why Sugoi created their Piston 140 Long-sleeve Top ($80.00) with mesh inserts, moisture-wicking fabric and built-in bra. upper body needs a little compression action too, which is why Sugoi $80.00 from self.com Buy Now Piston 140 Long-sleeve Top $80.00 from sugoi.com Buy Now Bounce-Free A little longer in length, but in the vein of compression shorts, Lululemon's RUN:Inspire Crops ($86) are made with Power Luxtreme, which is designed for "no bounce muscle support." RUN:Inspire Crops from shop.lululemon.com Buy Now Back to Basics Nike's Core 5" Women's Compression Shorts ($25) in black are made with Dri-FIT fabric to wick away sweat. Core 5" Women's Compression Shorts $25 from store.nike.com Buy Now Ball Girl For tennis players, the original compression peeps, Under Armour, has just released Women's Tennis Compression Shorts ($29.99) with ball pockets and their Signature HeatGear Technology to modulate core temperature. Women's Tennis Compression Shorts $29.99 from underarmour.com Buy Now Sneak Peek! C9 by Champion for Target is inexpensive, but high-tech, with upcoming pieces for fall 2011 like this Women's Compression Capri Tight in Flashbulb Fuchsia ($19.99), launching in late August. Related Links: Free P90X Workout! What's Your Ideal Weight? Sign up to Lose 8 Pounds and You Could Win $1,000 Spree at Zappos.com! For daily fitness tips follow SELF on Facebook and Twitter. Women's Compression Capri Tight in Flashbulb Fuchsia $19.99 from target.com Buy Now Post SwapCompression WearFitness GearSelfCommunitySoffe2XU Get Results With Our Fitness Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Working Out Weight Loss Yoga Running Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.