A few years ago I heard of the company Tommie Copper. I had seen Montel Williams promoting the company on a commercial and since he lives with MS it caught my attention. It sounded like the products may have helped with some of his MS symptoms. Fast forward to about a month ago and I was on the elliptical at the gym instead of outside running because my calf was hurting. I had done some speedwork the day before and it seemed to have irritated my calf, and after having full blown calf issues last year while training for the Boston Marathon, I did not want to go through that again. So I decided to do some cross training until my calf felt better and not keep running on it and ultimate make it worse, like I did last year.
While I was on the elliptical scanning through TV channels, I saw Dara Torres and stopped to watch because I admire her and all that she has accomplished. Turns out it was an infomercial for Tommie Copper. I normally don’t watch infomercials, but seeing as it was Dara Torres, I was slightly interested in what she had to say. Well, as all good infomercials do, it left me wanting to try the Tommie Copper products for my occasional calf issues and running related soreness, and if it could help with some of my MS tingling and numbness, even better. I contacted the company and they offered to send me some products to try out.
This is what their website states about how their product works:
TOMMIE COPPER PRO+IONIC COPPER-INFUSED FABRIC TECHNOLOGY
High density activated copper is permanently infused into all performance yarns. The proprietary PRO+IONIC copper fabric releases ions, which may help reduce the oxidants in the body and is a natural, permanent anti-bacterial agent with skin benefits.
Some benefits of copper are:
- Increases oxygen transport in compression products
- Neutralizes “free radicals”
- Improves muscle tone
- Emits ions
- Has been used in medicine for thousands of years
- Is one of the necessary micro-nutrients found naturally in the body
I received the Women’s Capri Pants and a pair of the calf sleeves to try out. What I noticed the most about the calf sleeves was how different they feel from compression type calf sleeves that I have worn. The Tommie Copper sleeves are very light weight and the fabric has a silky feel to it. I didn’t think they were going to do anything at all because they do not fit snug like compression sleeves. However, I gave them a try and began wearing them around the clock (under pants at work during the day, while running, and even while sleeping). Though I cannot say for sure if they work, I did notice that my calf pain went away quickly and a few weeks later I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with no pain at all. I put the sleeves on after the race for recovery and wore them the next few days and I do think they helped my legs bounce back a little faster.
Resting my legs with Tommie Copper sleeves on the drive home from the Phoenix Half Marathon
The capris are also a light weight material with a snug fit. They have been great to run in and I’ve worn them to yoga. I have also thrown them on after some long runs to help aid in recovery. I’m not sure if it’s the “copper-infused” material that helps or simply the compression fit, but I do feel that these have helped in keeping my legs feeling fresh after long runs. I seem to have had less soreness lately.
I cannot say with 100% certainty that these products work as the website claims, however, I can say that I have been very happy with them. So happy in fact that I purchased a few other items because I do think they help to a certain degree.
Have you heard of Tommie Copper before? Or tried any of their products?
Anyone else love Dara Torres as much as I do?
(Disclaimer: I was given the capris and calf sleeves for free from Tommie Copper. I did not receive payment for this review or agree to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.)