Working Out with Physiclo

A few weeks ago I wrote about a company called Physiclo, makers of compression clothes with resistance bands built in. They sent me a pair of their capris to test out and I feel like I’ve used them long enough now to give you a good review!

(Physiclo isn’t paying me to write this post, although their founder is a big fan of pets and kindly made a donation to my Team PAWS fundraiser! Thanks Frank!)

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Why should you care about Physiclo? 

Physiclo garments are made with custom elastic bands and panels that are integrated into the fabric. The bands provide resistance with every movement to engage your muscles at the next level when you workout.

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“The effect is similar to strapping on a set of ankle weights while you run, except safe, more comfortable and without the bulk.”

Testing so far has shown a 23% increase in muscle activity and 14% increase in calorie burn when wearing Physiclo garments.

Here’s a look at my capris turned inside out so you can see the elastic bands attached to the fabric:

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When should you wear Physiclo garments? 

They’re made for running but also great for lunges, squats, box jumps and any cardio routines.

I personally didn’t like wearing them for running, but I did really like them for squatting!

I used their sizing guide but found that capris to be EXTREMELY TIGHT. So tight that the first time I put them on I actually had to have Adam help me pull them up! The site says getting them on the first time is the hardest and they aren’t lying!

I know that they’re supposed to be tight, but I still didn’t really like the way they felt running. Plus, due to the bands they’re kind of heavy and I don’t really want to carry extra weight around when I run. Probably great for adding an extra challenge to easy runs without having to increase your pace!

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If they’re similar to wearing ankle weights when you run … well I suppose I’ll never wear ankle weights! To be fair, lots of people who are far better runners than I am like the compression capris, so it’s definitely a personal preference thing!


On the other hand, when squatting or doing lunges, the extra resistance makes the workout that much more challenging but it feels good. Plus the weight of the garments doesn’t weigh you down.



  • Added resistance makes leg workouts feel more intense
  • Increased muscle stimulation during workouts
  • Burn more calories in less time


  • Not easy to put on
  • Add extra weight which can be felt when running

Best Uses:

  • Lifting at the gym
  • During training (but not racing)
  • Make easy run days more challenging without increasing pace

Overall I’m glad to have a pair of these compression capris in my wardrobe. I’ll definitely continue wearing them for leg day at the gym!

Thanks to Physiclo’s founder Frank for donating to my Team PAWS fundraiser! 



  1. May 12, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Great review! Def interesting and my thought would be right along with your review…great for workouts, terrible for running lol. Fantastic idea though!

    • Kristina
      May 12, 2016 / 11:08 am

      The idea is super cool! I agree, not great for distance running, in my opinion. However, if I was training for a short race, I could definitely see using them. If you’re training for a 5K and want to make your speedwork SUPER challenging this would definitely be the way to do it!

  2. May 12, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Interesting! I’ve never heard of those before. Not sure I’d want to feel the burn anymore than I currently do (which is in a bad way!!) in my glutes, but it would be cool if they provided some sort of therapeutic relief because of the compression.
    A very interesting concept!!

  3. May 12, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    This is a weird concept. I have a hard time believing that they’re actually effective…Like, I can see how they might feel effective but it’s so hard to believe that somehow having bands in your clothes allows the resistance to actually work? IDK! It’s just so weird and new!