Why I Swear By SKINS – Kerry Almond

SKINS are an Australian invention and come loaded with technology to help you, either during training or after, for recovery, depending on the type of Skins you have.

Training SKINS, such as the DNAmic and new K-Proprium ranges, are gradient compression garments which help to regulate and accelerate the blood flow through your body, bringing more oxygen to your muscles, boosting your performance.

Kerry Almond stars for Manchester Thunder in the Vitality Netball Superleague

One of the key technologies in the training garments is the muscle support. This wraps and supports key muscle groups reducing the vibration of the muscle fibres as you exercise. This increases the strength, control and balance in your muscles which lowers the chance of injury and soft tissue damage. It also helps to reduce the amount of fatigue in the muscles meaning you can exercise harder and for longer (always something your coach wants).

But does this technology work?

Quite simply, yes.

I’ve been wearing SKINS for many years now for both training and recovery and the difference between wearing them for training and not wearing them is incredibly noticeable. Whilst wearing them I always feel like I can train for longer, even if my lungs are telling me a different story! They really help to fight off the inevitable muscle cramps from a tough session.

The DNAmic SKINS are a good everyday training garment, useful for everything from on court training to spinning sessions and classes in the gym. Plus, they come in some great new designs so that you can really stand out from the crowd if you want to.

Perfect for pre-season endurance training are the NEW K-Proprium tights, which are serving me well while our coach Karen Greig puts us through our paces in the lead up to the Superleague season. These tights really fight against against muscular fatigue and help you to get the best out of your endurance training.

Kerry Almond in action against Wasps Netball

The recovery SKINS (RY400) are made for use afterwards to accelerate the recovery of your muscles -reducing tenderness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) by delivering more oxygen to your resting muscles.

I would say that the recovery SKINS are one of my favourite products. Why? Because they eliminate the need for the most dreaded of recovery tools – the ice bath!

All in all, while SKINS can be an expensive outlay, they are definitely worth it and the RY400 tights are always one of the first items into my kit bag on a match day.

Kerry Almond

Manchester Thunder & Netball UK Office Manager

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