Opeidx Kinectic Health Gear Core-Tec Shorts 2.0 Reiew
By Ryan Light, Running/Anxiety Coach
Opedix is a company that has been in the body fitness arena for more than a decade. The company is dedicated to the design of scientifically engineered apparel meant for enhancing the body’s movement system, otherwise known as the kinetic chain. Working under this production goal, Opedix has proudly invented the Torque Reform Technology; technology aimed at activating the kinetic chain of the body and deal with lower back, hip and joint pain associated with athletic exercise. This technology is the back bone of one of their best sellers in the market, the Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0.
Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 is designed under a concept known as kinetic health. Kinetic health is generally defined as how well and efficiently the body moves under varying fitness such as injury, age and fatigue. Basically, the body has its own complex movement system, otherwise known as the kinetic chain. This kinetic chain is comprised of articular components (joints), myofascial components (muscles and connective tissues) and neural components (nerves, sensory receptors and the brain). All these components operate in sync to ensure quality sequential movement at the joints thus quality body movement. If by any chance one of the joints does not operate sequentially, the whole kinetic chain is affected. This means that a dysfunction in any of the components forming the kinetic chain may affect the functioning of neighboring joints; below and above the affected joint.
Poor kinetic health is detrimental to athletic performance. When the kinetic health is poor, muscle fatigue is accelerated. Consequently, fitness issues such as muscle strains, and fatigue are inevitable. Furthermore, the joints are progressively destroyed due to the ailing kinetic health. With this knowledge, Opedix, in collaboration with renowned orthopedic and biomechanics laboratories has come up with the Torque Reform Technology. This technology is designed to improve the functioning of the joints thus ensuring the kinetic health is preserved thus athletic performance is not compromised. With this technology, more than just athletic performance is improved. Lower back pain, hip pain and joints are also improved.
The Opedix CORE-Tec shorts 2.0 Shorts
How the Opedix CORE-Tec shorts 2.0 works
Now, let’s move away from the whole kinetic health concept and look at its application in the real product itself. Just as the name suggests, Opedix CORE-Tec shorts are actually shorts that are worn over the body for dynamic balance and core stability. A few critics have likened these shorts to the normal compression shorts commonly used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts. However, unlike the normal shorts, the Torque Reform Technology that you have just read above is incorporated into the Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 thus the design as well as feel is different from what you get from a normal compression short.
The Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 is basically designed for core stability and hip and pelvic alignment. By virtue of this design goal, these shorts are usually worn a little bit higher over the hips unlike normal shorts. Why over the hips? The upper and lower bodies connect at the hips thus making the hips a critical link in the kinetic chain. The hips in this case form the core of the kinetic chain. Thus, to activate the kinetic chain and reduce the chances of lower back pain and hip pain during exercise or normal daily activities, the Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 are worn a little bit over the hips to offer this vital support. The support offered at the hips is very vital in the alignment of the kinetic chain. Proper core stability, in this case hip and pelvic alignment, leads to reduced hip and lower back pain.
However, what actually makes the whole difference is the stitching of the shorts. The shorts are stitched in such a way that the fabric tensions created align the joints in the kinetic chain; in this case the pelvis. The tilting and twisting of the pelvis is balanced by this special stitching method, thus giving the core more stability. The stitching method used in the Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 is referred to as 28-panel construction. The 28-panel construction of both stretch and non-stretch fabrics gives the CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 a better fit that holds it firmly over the hips; mimicking the gluteus-medius muscle.
For improved anchorage, the Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 comes with three bands; a waist band and two thigh bands. These bands hug nicely tight (not too loose and not too tight) onto the waist and thighs such that the shorts does not sag down or slide up during running, exercise or normal use. Furthermore, by maintaining the position over the hips, core stability is maintained throughout thus lower back pain and hip pain during exercise is reduced.
In terms of material, Opedix carefully chose nylon and spandex to form the garment base of the shorts. Previously, the content percentage of each material was 90% for nylon and 10% for spandex. The CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 has an increased percentage of spandex for lighter weight and improved versatility.
A hugging short might seem to be a possible barrier to easy blood flow. However, Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 doesn’t conform with this hypothesis. These shorts are made using 4 way stretch fabric; whereby its fabric can stretch in 4 different ways thus promoting muscular blood flow which enhances performance. Furthermore, the fabric is breathable thus the short does not get too hot, ensuring you are comfortable in them. The breathable fabric also reduces energy demand thus less energy is burnt.
Being shorts meant for athletic people, Opedix CORE-Tec 2.0 is equipped with moisture wicking technology. During physical exercise, sweating is inevitable and it is no pretty experience to have your shorts soaked up in sweat. Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 uses quick dry nanotechnology that rids your skin surface of sweat very quickly thus keeping you dry while in the shorts. Furthermore, its advanced fiber technology preserves freshness and reduces odor thus keeping you fresh all through.
If you are a runner, golfer, fitness enthusiast, skier or anyone who is from an injury and is seeking a solution to core stability and reduction in lower back pain and hip pain during exercise or normal activities, Opedix CORE-Tec Shorts 2.0 is ideal for you. This is a completely natural solution to improved core stability and dynamic balance.