Performance Gear for Performance People
With summer comes running, jumping, sled push and the general tendency – of either you or your coach – to get out and go even harder. The weather is warmer, so you’re looser, which is great for mobility, but all of that work mounts up, making muscles sore.
FitBites have teamed up with Virus Performance Gear, and over the coming months, we’ll be sharing articles on all things fitness, to really help you get the most out of your movement, whether you’re a CrossFitter, runner or yoga enthusiast. In this first article, we’ll introduce Virus, and suggest a few FitBites products to pair with particular sports. You fast-twitch athletes, for example, should check out our Push/Pull FitBites – available to buy directly from our shop.
Made For Movement
In the United States, the Virus Performance roster, the V-Team, consists of MMA fighters, powerlifters, motocross riders, obstacle course champions, and CrossFit Games athletes such as Wes Piatt and Kenneth Leverich. Virus is now available in the UK.
“The gear itself is about as tough as performance gear can be.” That’s Adam Turner, director of Virus in the UK, “It’s designed to look good, and made to perform under stress.”
That stress can mean barbells, mud, wood, grass, friction and repetitive motion. Virus gear is competitively priced, and you get what you pay for. It’s made to support you, and to withstand the abuse of extreme sport.
The range includes compression shorts, leggings, tops and accessories for both men and women.
The Future of Performance Clothing
What if you’ve never tried compression or real performance clothing before? Isn’t it just really tight? Not quite. Every piece of Virus clothing is built with some of the best, most advanced wearable technology in the world. The Coffee Charcoal fabric in its compression gear is infused with recycled coffee grounds, which add a layer of natural, breathable warmth. CoolJade works to cool the skin relative to your body temperature, and Bioceramic fabrics act to increase endurance and boost recovery, as soon as your workout is over.
Hold on, coffee grounds?
That’s right, recycled coffee grounds. Once they’ve been ground into a fine carbon powder – Coffee Charcoal – the coffee grounds can be made to act just like synthetic fibers, only without the embarrassingly large carbon footprint.
As a base layer for warmth, Virus have found that fabrics made with Coffee Charcoal can raise the skin’s surface temperature by 10 degrees fahrenheit, while still wicking away excess moisture. That’s why you’ll find it in their Stay Warm series.
Bioceramic fabrics are infused with compounds which can help to improve circulation. That’s key, because improved circulation means more oxygen and nutrients, which means stronger endurance and faster recovery.
Exploring The Virus Range
The Stay Warm Series
The Stay Warm series is designed to, guess what, help you stay warm, whether that’s because you have some mobility issues, or because you’re training in cold conditions.
How does the technology in the Stay Warm Series work?
There are more than a few things to consider when making performance clothing intended for warmth, but it boils down to: trapping body heat, wicking away sweat, and supporting functional movement. On every Virus tag, you’ll find little symbols like the ones below, indicating which technologies are used in that particular piece.
The Coffee Charcoal technology we’ve already mentioned is especially useful in the Stay Warm Series, as it helps to retain heat, and wick away moisture.
The Stay Cool Series
You got it, the Stay Cool Series does the opposite of the Stay Warm Series. The Stay Cool Series garments are designed to uniformly bring your skin temperature down, while wicking away moisture.
How does the technology in the Stay Cool Series Work?
The star in the Stay Cool Series is CoolJade, which is made using recycled jade, a precious stone hailed for its cooling effects. It’s kind to skin, and durable enough to withstand whatever you’re likely to put it through.
The Energy Series
Here, you’ll find various bits of compression gear, infused with the technology we’ve mentioned, and designed to strategically work key areas of your body, to improve circulation. By strategic, we mean that the compression is tapered and focused in particular areas, to encourage flow where you need it the most – it’s not just uniformly tight.
For an added burst, FitBites Baobab Bounce balls come loaded with the natural energy of African baobab. They’re available in boxes of 10 from our online shop.
All three collections, Stay Warm, Stay Cool and Energy, also make use of Virus X-Form Posture Control Technology. This technology, which is built into the design, keeps your body stable and supported, so that you’re as efficient and as powerful as possible.
As CrossFitters, you need clothing that’s durable. Virus’s Airflex shorts are designed with the functional fitness athlete in mind. The inseam is shorter to allow for a greater range of motion, and the 4-way stretch technology means that you’re not restricted at all, or at risk of exposing your butt in the bottom of a PB squat. And for you CrossFitters, we recommend our Pre/Post pouch, to power up before those intense WODs, and recover naturally afterwards.
You can browse and buy the entire Virus range online now.