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    Zensah Athlete - Sabrina Lopez

    Name: Sabrina Lopez

    Hometown: Los Angeles, California

    Sport: Cross Country and Track and Field

    Years in current sport: 8 years

    Zensah Athlete - Sabrina Lopez
    Zensah Athlete - Sabrina Lopez

    What got you started: I had a choice during high school, to play any sport that I wanted: basketball, volleyball, soccer or softball. One of my friends had convinced me to join the track and field team, and so I did, which is what got me into running. I chose running because I did not want to be a bench warmer anymore, so I listened to my friend. I chose running because I was actually great at it. This is why, I LOVE RUNNING because I had the choice to not quit and it is up to you to get better! Running is not only about running, but also the strength of one’s mind. The mental process and growth is much more rewarding than just the physical results.

    Biggest accomplishment of your career: My biggest accomplishment has to be winning the CIF California State Meet my senior year of high school as well as going to NCAA D2 Nationals collegiately.

    What parts of your training are key to your success?  One thing I do in my training is working on getting my body stronger. I feel it helps me mentally when I am racing, such as having strong abs, arms, and legs. Gym training is important in a successful running regimen. Another key is listening to your body and coach. When your coach tells you to take a day off or take an easy run, LISTEN! You will learn the hard way, by having a bad race or workout. So believing in your training is VITAL in running.

    What is the biggest challenge you face in your sport, and what do you do to overcome it? My biggest challenge I face is being impatient. As a stubborn runner at times, I want to see results. But I’ve learned over the years to take each day a step at a time. The way I overcome it is to make goal sets for myself, and know my time will come soon. Patience is key!

    What is your favorite Zensah product and why? My favorite has to be the Compression Leg Sleeves because they are bright and help me stay recovered.

     How long have you been using Zensah? 2 years

    If you could be great at any other sport besides your current one, what would it be? I would have chosen soccer.

    What’s your favorite thing to eat after a tough workout? My favorite thing to eat is a turkey bacon, hash brown, and egg sandwich with a side of fruits. YUM! J

    Who/what inspires you? Close friends inspire me. I have many friends who have high goals to make it to the Olympics. As I see them all becoming better athletes, it helps me to stay motivated because we share our success when we connect.

    How does Zensah help you perform without limits? Zensah helps me perform without limits because the compression helps my legs recover. I use Zensah sleeves when I am at work, sleeping, running, etc. I love the feeling of knowing I am doing something good for my legs.

    Zensah Athlete - Garrett Huyler

    Name: Garrett Huyler

    Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

    Sport: Track and Field (High Jump)

    Years in current sport: 15 years

    What got you started: As funny as it sounds, Baseball is the reason I got started in Track and Field.  During baseball tryouts, I had injured my shoulder pitching and could hardly throw a baseball.  Rather than tell anyone, I was stubborn and tried to play through it.  Needless to say since I couldn’t throw, I got cut and then joined the track team.  The rest is history.

    Garrett Huyler
    Garrett Huyler

    Biggest accomplishment of your career: I have 2 that are hard pick between, the 1st and most obvious is being sponsored by Zensah. They have been extremely supportive of my career over the past 4 years and I am proud to call myself a Zensah Athlete. The 2nd would be competing internationally and having “USA” next to my name, being able to represent my country, see new places, and meet people from all walks of life (something that wouldn’t have been possible without the sport).

    What parts of your training are key to your success?  One thing I learned a bit too late in my career is that ‘Overtraining’ is far worse than ‘Undertraining;’ your body will fall apart if you constantly run it into the ground, once you recover from likely injuries, you’ll be miles behind where you left off.

    What is the biggest challenge you face in your sport, and what do you do to overcome it? The biggest challenge by far is the lack of support for the sport of Track and Field in the US. Rarely are there competitions that have any prize money outside of the Drake Relays, USA Championships, and Prefontaine Classic.  There isn’t much opportunity, and the sport would likely be in trouble for anyone looking to compete after college in the US without the NCAA allowing post collegiate participants.

    What is your favorite Zensah product and why? I love the Recovery Tights; I can wear them all season either to keep my legs warm in the cold months, or for recovery.  Being tall, it’s hard to find the right fit for running pants and these are perfect!

     How long have you been using Zensah? I’ve been using Zensah’s products since a doctor recommended their Compression Socks after my Achilles surgery in 2011.

    If you could be great at any other sport besides your current one, what would it be? I loved playing Wide Receiver in High School Football, but clearly having the body of a high jumper, it just wasn’t meant to be

    What’s your favorite thing to eat after a tough workout? A fruit smoothie with some whey protein and yogurt.

    Who/what inspires you? So many people seem to get complacent and satisfied with where they are in life.  I have found that I enjoy pushing myself to be better than I was the day before, and it helps that the benefits of that are living a healthy lifestyle, travelling to new places, and meeting new people.

    How does Zensah help you perform without limits? Zensah helps me prevent injuries and recover from workouts faster, allowing me to work harder than I could before. I can confidently say that I was able to set a new personal best of 7’4.5” (2.25m) and finish in the Top 5 at the USA Championships with their support!

    Kara Goucher’s Favorite Things about Track and Field

    You may be getting ready for your first track and field meet or training for a marathon doing speed work on the track. Now matter what takes you to the track, it’s plays a huge role in our running lives.

    Spring marks the start of outdoor track and field season, so to celebrate we asked Kara Goucher to help us answer a few questions:

    Kara Goucher
    Kara Goucher

    1. What is your favorite thing about Track and Field?

    My favorite thing about track and field is seeing athletes with totally different talents coming together and appreciating each other in their own disciplines.  I love how the sprinters cheer the distance events, the distance events can cheer the throwers, and on and on.

    2. One tip you want to share with track and field runners?

    Take the time to watch and appreciate other disciplines.  It will make you and even bigger fan of the sport.

    3. Is there another track and field sport you have always wanted to try? Which?

    I have always loved watching the 400 meters and the pole vault.  The 400 is a dramatic race, which unfolds over the course of one lap, it is so exciting!

    The pole vault is a crazy event.  You have to trust your pole and yourself as you vault yourself up in the air.  It's an event for the fearless - which is why I don't do it!

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    We’ll be celebrating Track and Field for the coming months. Make sure to stop by your local running store for Spike Nights and keep sharing your favorite things about Track and Field with us! Tag us @zensah on Twitter and Instagram so we can cheer you on. May this season be #withoutlimitz

    And check out some of Kara’s favorite gear here!

    Compression Leg Sleeves, Invisi Running Socks, and Recovery Tight

    Zensah® Partners With Austin Track Club

    Zensah® & Austin Track Club working together to ensure athletes are recovering smarter

    As spring weather finally starts to kick in, outdoor Track and Field gets its start! Runners have been putting in the hard work all winter long and are ready to start racing. Zensah®, a premium compression apparel brand, is partnering with the Austin Track Club to help ensure the athletes are benefiting from compression in their training, competition, recovery, and travel.

    Austin Track Club
    Austin Track Club

    Zensah® is a Miami-based company, committed to using the best fabrics and technology in all of their compression apparel. Zensah® is most recognized for their bestselling compression leg sleeves in the USA and also offers compression socks, knee sleeve, ankle sleeve, and recovery tights. Each product incorporates graduated compression for faster recovery, 3D ribbing for targeted muscle support, and a fabric that features silver ions and moisture wicking control.

    The Austin Track Club is one of America’s premier professional track & field teams, with past team members including Olympians Leo Manzano and Shannon Rowbury. Under coaches Dr. Noah Moos and George Perry the team has become a much-needed center of innovation for the sport. As they start their outdoor track season, hundreds of miles of training turn into hundreds of miles on the road.

    George Perry, the teams Coach and Team Manager, explains, “Racing, training and travel all take a toll on the athletes’ legs. The schedule is so compact that missing a recovery window can have an outsized impact on the athlete’s season. Zensah is there with us for every one of those miles, helping us compete at our best wherever the schedule takes us.”

    “Zensah brings innovation, performance and style to our sport, which makes them the perfect partner for what we are doing,” says Perry.

    Suzanne Kerpel, Marketing Director at Zensah, says “The Austin Track Club show us an incredible example of hard work and determination in running. They are great partners, not only utilizing current gear for their training and recovery but also testing new products coming to market. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to succeed!”

    The Austin Track Club is one of America’s premier professional track & field teams, with past team members including Olympians Leo Manzano and Shannon Rowbury. Under coaches Dr. Noah Moos and George Perry the team has become a much-needed center of innovation for the sport. As they start their outdoor track season, hundreds of miles of training turn into hundreds of miles on the road.

    George Perry, the teams Coach and Team Manager, explains, “Racing, training and travel all take a toll on the athletes’ legs. The schedule is so compact that missing a recovery window can have an outsized impact on the athlete’s season. Zensah is there with us for every one of those miles, helping us compete at our best wherever the schedule takes us.”

    “Zensah brings innovation, performance and style to our sport, which makes them the perfect partner for what we are doing,” says Perry.

    Suzanne Kerpel, Marketing Director at Zensah, says “The Austin Track Club show us an incredible example of hard work and determination in running. They are great partners, not only utilizing current gear for their training and recovery but also testing new products coming to market. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to succeed!”

    High Jumper Garrett Huyler Takes On First European Track Circuit

    High Jumper Garrett Huyler Takes On First European Track Circuit

    We are so honored and excited for High Jumper and Zensah Athlete Garrett Huyler, who is taking a Euro Trip this week for his first ever European Track Circuit.

    High jump screen shot

    You probably remember hearing from Garrett here on the blog. He has taken the time to share his experiences with us about compression apparel and how it has benefited his training and recovery. As he prepares for the journey, we want to wish Garrett the best of luck on his Euro tour!

    On June 12th, 2014, Garrett will start his journey across 3 track and field competitions in Europe. Below we list each one. Make sure to follow along and help us cheer on this amazing athlete and person.

    6/12/2014- Meeting Hérouville - Hérouville, FRANCE
    http://www.meeting-herouville.com/

    6.14.2014 - Meeting International Sotteville lès Rouen - Sotteville lès Rouen, FRANCE
    http://www.meeting-sotteville.com/

    6/15/2015 – Opolski Festiwal Skokow – Poland
    http://www.ofs.opole.pl/

    For behind the scenes of Garrett’s training and journey, you can follow him on http://instagram.com/garrett_high.ler