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The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done.

Although this quote comes from a fictional movie, it couldn’t speaker truer to this topic. Unfortunately, as part of your training you’re naturally going to face failure. You train, you grind, you sink your teeth into your dreams – but sometimes you’re just going to fall short.

Recently I have made my first strides in chasing my goals. Competing against nearly 1000 other athletes in 5 qualifiers I fell just short of making the cut to the final event. Am I disappointed? Sure. Am I devastated? Absolutely not. Am I going to quit? #%^* no.

To me disappointment drives dedication. It would have been an exciting accomplishment to make it into the final event, but not making it isn’t a setback. It means I keep my nose to the grind, to get faster, stronger, and more explosive for the next time.

The key is to take failure as an opportunity, not a loss. If you quit – that will stay with you forever.

Just less than a year ago I set out on a journey with no goals. I had no previously tested benchmarks, nor any future ones set – I just an idea to get better. Whatever that even was. Today I pulled my first 405lbs deadlift and I checked the 400 club off the list. We’re not done yet, but I wouldn’t be here (or going after the lofty goals I’m chasing) without the support of my trainers, coaches, nutrition team, and everyone along the way who’s reminded me of why I’m doing this. You all know who you are. 👊🏻

Every day I wake up with a hunger to go after something special – and I’m very thankful for that.

Onto the next chapter, next lifts, and next goals.

Compression gear is a crucial part of many athlete’s toolkit. But how do budget friendly, mainstream brands compare to built-to-perform compression based brands? Truth is – they don’t. You get what you pay for and anybody looking to enhance training, performance, shouldn’t be looking to take shortcuts when it comes to their gear. You don’t cheat a squat and call it a full rep, so don’t cheat yourself on your gear either.

Compression gear offers many benefits to athletes. Less muscle damage, greater endurance, and improved recovery are just a few of the simple but effective reasons to add it to your daily training routine.

Human performance multiplied is the motto for Australian based company 2XU. They offer a complete lineup of high-quality, purpose built compression lines designed to aid your training and even recovery. Fuelled by technology, science, research, and athlete input each piece is designed with athletic performance in mind.

Want to see what we’re talking about? Watch this quick video showcasing their MCS (Muscle Containment Stamping) technology, and how it’s incorporated into the compression gears fabric.

I know you’re thinking, “Great – cool designs and neat gold logo, but how does this affect how much I can clean or squat?” so let me tell you. While compression gear won’t automatically add an extra plate to your set, it will improve your muscles endurance, and recovery. This means you’ll be able to find those extra reps, feel more rested after those quick 30 second rests, and more importantly be ready to do it all over again the next day.

Here’s a little more from 2XU themselves:

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MCS (Muscle Containment Stamping) is a patterned elastic-style material that lines the inside of the compression fabric to provide an extra targeted area of compression.

The stamping is its own layer, additional to the fabric not within it, and can be applied precisely where needed to support muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia groups.

Added compression accurately shaped to your anatomy provides extra support to key muscle areas, which lessens muscle oscillation and reduces fatigue, energy wastage and soreness.


A product post wouldn’t be complete without a testimonial – so here is our opinion of their products.

After testing the 2XU products for the first time, I quickly found myself immediately returning online to order more and tossing my Under Armour and Nike gear to the trash. I have found the 2XU apparel to be tighter, longer lasting, and a far superior fabric to anything else on the market.


Intrigued but not inspired? Give this a watch and then head over to 2XU to start ordering your own top high-performance compression gear.

 

Source: 2XU Canada