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How to Use Compex for Recovery

To perform your best, you need to recover the best.

Many think recovery is to rest your muscles. Rest takes time, valuable time that many athletes—newbie or experienced—don’t have.

However, there is a solution to speed up recovery time: Compex Muscle Stimulation. A Compex Muscle Stimulation device offers recovery programs that can flush out lactic acid in 6.5 minutes, which prevents DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). It also delivers fresh oxygen to the muscles, preventing aches and pains.

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What Is Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS)?

Simply put, electric muscle stimulation trains your muscles in a way that traditional workouts alone can’t. Many elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts use EMS to enhance their workouts, which is a small device that sends electronic pulses to your nerve fibers in order to create involuntary muscle contractions. Essentially the electrical pulse triggers the muscle to work, whether it’s warm-up or cool down.

Recovery With EMS

One of the best forms of fast recovery is a sports massage because it flushes out lactic acid and delivers fresh oxygen to the muscles so they can recovery quickly. This is essentially what a Compex Muscle Stimulator device can do for your recovery. It keeps your muscles fresh and ready to use.

Compex for Recovery Programs

Depending on the device you have will dictate which programs you have:

Active Recovery

A 24-minute program that starts at a high frequency and ends low (like the Massage program). Ideal to use immediately after working to to flush out lactic acid, preventing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

Recovery Plus Program

A 25-minute program that’s a blend between Active Recovery and Massage. Starting with a low frequency, gradually increasing, then back down to low, allows for better blood circulation and endorphin release.

Massage Program

A 20-minute, constant low-frequency program that’s dedicated to relax the muscles. Better blood flow is delivered to the muscles, relieving soreness.

The Compex Elite Muscle Stimulator and Compex Wireless USA Muscle Stimulator offer all three recovery programs.

The Compex Performance Muscle Stimulator and Compex Edge Muscle Stimulator offers Active Recovery.

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How to Use Compex for Recovery

It’s simple to recovery with a Compex Muscle Stimulator device. After a workout place the electrodes on the muscle group area you’d like to recover. Example, if you worked legs, you would want to place electrodes on quads, hamstrings or calves to recover.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Select muscle group

Step 2: Place electrodes on targeted muscle area (use your manual for exact placement)

Step 3: Select program (Active Recovery is ideal for immediate use after a strenuous workout. Massage is a subtle, low-frequency program that is more for relaxation. Recovery Plus is a blend of the two).

Step 4: Sit back and relax

Compex recovery programs are designed to be used right after training or intense competition. The Active Recovery or Training recovery program is designed to flush lactic acid, release endorphins, and relax the muscles to help create a healing environment for the muscle to recover.  Recovery Plus or Competition recovery is designed to be used several hours after a competition to help shut the muscle down and allow it to relax after an intense competition.

Endurance Program

A 55-minute program (the longest of all strength programs) targets the slow twitch muscle fibers. Training your muscles for long-duration work, the frequency starts low and gradually increases at each level during the program.

Resistance Program

A 28-minute program that trains the mid-range muscle fibers. This is a good all-around program to target overall muscle strength and starting point to other strength programs. Targeting a specific muscle group is not needed during this program. Contraction times remain the same throughout the program, but the rest time gradually decreases depending on what resistance level you’re on.

Strength Program

A 32- to 43-minute program that increases your overall muscle strength. This trains the muscles to work at a high load, completely recover, and then go back to a high load—increasing the frequency and rest during each level of the program.

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Explosive Strength

A 31- to 34-minute program that trains muscles for quick, powerful movement (like sprints or box jumps) in a short duration. As the load/work increases, so does the rest, giving your muscles opportunity to fully recovery.

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  1. what lower limb muscles are best for a 400 metre track runner after work out: after 90% gym maybe quads, Anaerobic track, maybe calves, 605 gym, and bounds/plyo’s maybe hamstrings, track sprint maybe calves….. have been using on and off for about a year and quite interested in glycogen reserve. sorry if too much in depth but starting to believe compex 8 is not a tool for sprinter but will stay with it but would value your experience. I generally follow heiko van villet but most info is about strength and endurance. cheers

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