Investing in workout apparel that can help with performance and keep injuries at bay is becoming more common among consumers. People are realizing the importance of maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle and the need to include technology infused pieces like RXACTIVE into their activewear wardrobe. RXACTIVE is a science-backed fitness apparel company that launched the first ever line of activewear with built-in resistance technology. The garments feel like resistance bands are sewn into each pair of pants. These pieces are completely different from compression wear, with a pair of RXACTIVE customers can challenge and tone muscles throughout the day or during their workouts.
Co-founders, Frank Yao (NYU medical student) and Keeth Smart (Silver medal Olympic fencer) share their expertise by expanding upon the health benefits of their built-in resistance technology.
NYFE: How does the technology of RXACTIVE differ from compression pants? Are there any similarities?
RXA: Compression pants are, in essence, just really tight-fitting leggings. The claims vary from brand to brand, but in general they’re designed to hug the body and help give extra support to the muscles and joints, giving the wearer a feeling that the fabric is “holding everything in”. There are also claims of improving blood flow and enhancing performance, but many of those are being shown to be placebo.
RXACTIVE, while also being tight-fitting leggings, has a different purpose: our gear actually generates resistance against movement, increasing the effort required with each step, thereby increasing muscle activation and enhancing caloric burn. Accordingly, our technology has an additional layer of complexity over compression wear, both literally and figuratively (our pants actually have two built-in layers that stretch independently of each other).
NYFE: Directed to Keeth Smart: Did your background as an Olympian help you tweak RXACTIVE pieces to make them just right?
RXA: Yes, I understood from using resistance bands extensively in training for the Games that the average consumer does not need as much resistance as a high level athlete. We went through several prototypes – tweaking the level of resistance that made it ideal for everyone regardless of their fitness level. In addition, we were able to test our prototypes and measure the scientific results at my Olympic training facilities and on fellow Olympians to gather quantitative and qualitative feedback.
NYFE: I noticed one of the benefits of your product is the ability to increase the difficulty of cardio and bodyweight exercises without extra equipment. Can you explain this in further detail?
RXA: Absolutely! Our core technology is integrating resistance elements into workout gear. This increases the load on (or effort required from) your muscles, which means you’re increasing the difficulty of any type of movement, really. What we do is very similar to the concept of strapping on a weighted vest or ankle weights, except replacing weights with resistance bands. The result is much sleeker, safer, and more effective.
NYFE: Directed to Frank Yao: As a medical student what scientific findings can you offer to support a few of the benefits of RXACTIVE? For example: Decrease amount of workout time necessary to see results.
RXA: One of the first things we tested was heart rate, starting with pulse oximetry and then using electrocardiography. We had test subjects run on a treadmill with and without RXACTIVE, and found an 8% increase in heart rate as well as a 14% increase in caloric burn. We also found that subjects’ heart rates reached their target cardio zones much faster, which is where you get the best exercise results.
We also used electromyography (EMG) to look at muscle activity of the hamstrings and quadriceps. Again, we had subjects walk/run on a treadmill with and without RXACTIVE, and found a 23% average increase in muscle activation.
Finally, we’re currently doing VO2 max testing to look at metabolic data to get an even more accurate picture of how much harder the body is working with RXACTIVE. We’re still in the middle of this study so we don’t have enough data yet, but so far we’re definitely seeing a significant improvement.
NYFE: Where can consumers find RXACTIVE?
RXA: On August 11th we launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Consumers can pre-purchase RXACTIVE at up to 45% off!! Production begins this fall and our first units will be shipped to backers this November.
For more information visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rxactive-the-world-s-first-resistance-activewear#/story
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