To tape, or not to tape? It’s a question the athletic, medical, and scientific communities are still debating, even to this day. While it’s true that there hasn’t been a widespread consensus as to the specific benefits of taping, there is no argument that athletes, both professional and amateur, do experience a level of enhanced performance when they apply tape to their muscles.
Athletic tape is a popular, and oftentimes necessary, part of people's exercise routines. However, it is not without its pitfalls. There are a number of reasons why taping can be inconvenient and ineffective, and why many athletes who may need taping are hesitant to make the investment. Fortunately, there is a new technology revolutionizing the fitness world.
Enerskin represents the evolution of athletic taping from a sometimes obscure form of exercise gear to a practical, comfortable, and powerful component of your workout. Enerskin is the perfect fusion of athletic tape and compression clothing. We use medical-grade silicone taping, and patented printing technology that allows for multiple layers of silicone taping to be printed directly onto our proprietary GASTEX® compression fabric.
The result is a wearable system of taping and fabric that is perfectly contoured to your muscles, providing optimal protection and enhancing your performance at every level. So, if Enerskin uses silicone taping, what sets it apart from traditional athletic tape? Let’s explore five limitations of athletic taping.
Athletic tape is costly
Athletic tape is sold either in pre-cut strips or rolls for you to tear off your own sizes. It can vary in price from as low as $0.99 to as high as $61.99. But with athletic tape, you get what you pay for, and with some of those cheaper options, you might as well use masking tape. If you’re serious about fitness, you’re probably going to invest in some of the higher quality brands.
Most athletic tape is not reusable. You have to throw it away after each use, and if you exercise multiple days per week, you’re burning through a lot of tape every month. The cost adds up quickly. But Enerskin gear is reusable. Our silicone taping is printed directly onto our fabric so it will last. It’s durable, not to mention it provides the compression fabric with structure, to prevent your gear from stretching out and losing shape. When you compare the $120.00 price tag of our bestselling knee sleeves to the amount you spend on athletic tape, it’s easy to see which is the smarter investment.
Applying tape is a time consuming effort
Taping requires an entirely additional component to your regimen. Apart from warming up and working out, you must set aside time to apply the tape and ensure you’re doing it correctly. For many athletes, taping is a part of their ritual, helping them to get their head in the game. But for a lot of other people, a hectic schedule into which they have to squeeze their exercise time prevents them from taking the time and effort to apply tape. Enerskin eliminates this by incorporating the tape into the clothes you wear. Just suit up, and you’re ready to go!
It’s not always easy to get right
Do you know exactly where each muscle is? Do you know the precise areas to target, and how to tape in the most effective way? Sure, some enthusiasts might, but finding the right stops to tape for the highest impact can be tricky. It helps, of course, to have a trainer assist you—but what if you don’t work with one? Enerskin takes the uncertainty out of taping. Our silicone tape is perfectly contoured to the muscles of the body, so you’re guaranteed to achieve the right fit every time. You can watch our How to Wear videos for detailed instructions.
There may be inconsistencies in results
Due to the potential difficulty of applying your own tape, some of the results may be inconsistent. Many athletes use tape to restrict their movements somewhat, inhibiting hyperextension and increasing tension to train the muscles. But there are many ways tape can be used, especially when it comes to protecting against injury. However, there are no guarantees that you’ll apply the tape correctly each time, or that your application on one side of your body mirrors the other side exactly. Enerskin ensures consistency every time.
Athletic tape is not the most fashionable option
It’s no secret that when you look good, you feel good. Appearance may not have a direct impact on your performance, but it does play a role in your motivation, enthusiasm, and confidence. Taking pride in how you dress when you hit the mat or the track helps put you in the right mindset to make the most out of your workout.
Athletic tape isn’t unfashionable per-se. In fact, many athletes consider it a symbol of their perseverance. But Enerskin is designed to look as amazing as it works—the perfect intersection of form and function. Sleek, aerodynamic, and gorgeous, Enerskin is more than a symbol of perseverance—it’s a statement that you are a part of an elite group of serious athletes dedicated to elevating their game. It’s the difference between the cartoon Wolverine’s yellow spandex and the movie version’s black armor.