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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

February 18, 2014

COMPRESSPORT FORQUAD THIGH GUARD


EmoticonI first read  about this product at the November – December 2013 issue of The Bull Runner magazine. 

The Forquad was among the items listed at the “All You Want For Christmas” section. It promised to be perfect for runners susceptible to cramping.  How?  By providing optimal support for the quadriceps and hamstrings while also supporting the ITB.  The Compressport fabric is supposed to provide rigidity and support to muscles and is designed to reduce shock waves and vibrations. This helps prevent muscle tears, joint pain, contractures, micro-injuries and muscle fatigue. 

Sounds good. But this product of Swiss technology (http://www.compressport.com/)  does not come cheap. The company prides itself in crafting high-end quality product with medical background. The price listed is Php 4,990 in stores like G-Stop and Secondwind as indicated in the magazine. But I got lucky as I was able to source from Planet Sports at Php 3,300.


Immediately after procuring a pair of Forquad last February 12, I put it to the test on a 22-km run the following day. And come February 16, at a pacer duty at the TBR Dream Marathon, the product was deployed again.

At the February 13 long run, BP’s form looks good even after a half marathon  under the sun. Could  be the Forquad? 

My assessment is it works. The Forquad seems to deliver on its promise to strengthen and provide recovery to the thighs. The compression fiber helps reduce the shock waves coming from the hard ground like concrete and asphalt roads. It helps reduce the oscillatory movement of the muscles. It does all this without hampering my pace. This is good for runners with knee problems.  I am one and I know a few more who are.

Count the Bicolano Penguin as a  believer in this Swiss import.Emoticon   

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