We just wanted to take a second to let you know that our current purchasing system for our beloved Canadian customers is unfortunately inactive at the moment. We had to re-build our website from the ground up, and currently our shopping options are not available. We hope to have everything back up and running smoothly very soon.
In the meantime…
To place an order for CEP products please contact us or call 1-888-966-6565.
CEP Canada Ambassador: Sam Effah
My journey to recovery
Recovery is a vital part of any serious training regime. Consistent training blocks enable me to maximize my potential as an athlete. Weight room sessions, track workouts, proper nutrition and mental training are key factors that I integrate into my program. Maintaining balance can be the difference between winning medals and spectating on the sidelines.
I’ve seen it first hand.
At the end of 2014 I moved to Toronto, where before entering a new training environment I underwent surgery for a nagging injury. Things changed completely. 3 days of the week consisted of rehab, and stationary bike riding, while the remaining 2 weekdays comprised of light track work, and treadmill running. As an athlete always at the front lines of competition, this tested my patience to a whole new level. I sought to maximize my potential.
I used the CEP quad sleeve as my go-to product in the past, as it provided relief in my left hip flexor and quad. This year I utilized a different set of products. Continuing to focus on improving blood circulation and overall leg health I chose to use the compression sock for post training sessions, and it was additionally recommended by my physiotherapists for improved recovery.
Fortunately, as CEP Canada ambassador I’ve been given the opportunity to represent a product that assists me in training harder and smarter.
Sam’s 3 quick tips on staying healthy:
1. Create a plan, and stick to it!
2. Be proactive and take initiative rather than waiting for things to happen
3. Believe in yourself – believe in your vision
We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.
– Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
Follow me on Twitter @Sam_Effah and my Facebook page
I train at the East Hub at the Athletics Canada High Performance Centre at York University
I’m a patient at Proactive Health Group, Calgary – Physiotherapy and Chiropractic support
Guess what Canada?
We are designing a new Canada sock for 2015 and YOU get to help! We’ve designed 4 potential socks, but only ONE can be produced, so we need your help in choosing the sock that shows the most Canadian Pride!
Check out the 4 different designs below and vote on which you’re dying to get on your legs!
All comments will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a FREE PAIR OF OUR CANADA 2015 SOCKS!!!
Vote on your favourite sock design before Sunday May 3rd at 11:59pm PST.
We will be following up with a post letting you know who will be carrying these fancy new socks within the next few weeks. Stay tuned and good luck!
*Multiple comments will not count as multiple entries into the draw. Only comments made on this CEP Canada blog post and our CEP Canada Facebook will count. Contest open to residents of Canada only.*
Recently, we asked CEP ambassador Jessica Keupfer to sit down and answer all of the most often asked questions we receive, and prepare a “CEP For Dummies” guide.
I will never forget the first time I wore compression socks. It was my first marathon and I was a little afraid of how I would feel afterwards. I was wandering around the race expo the day before the race and picked up a pair of CEP Compression socks in the limest of greens to make myself feel better after the race. Originally, I was going to wear them only to recover after the race, but I discovered the morning of the race that I had forgotten my socks. Now, I normally don’t suggest trying something new on race day, but I had no choice so I donned my green socks and set out to tackle my first 42.2!
Little did I know that 3 years later, I would still be wearing those green socks as well as many others in the CEP product line. In fact, I wear them so often that when I don’t wear them to race and recover, people joke that they don’t recognize me.
I swear by the socks but it has been a lot of careful research and testing over the years to come up with the reasons why I wear them.
Here is what I have found out about compression socks over the years:
Coles notes version: Treat them like any of your run gear. Don’t put them in a hot dryer or hot water. They won’t last as long if you do.
Bonus Winter Question: Winter socks vs run socks? The winter socks are great for cross training with snow sports. I wear my CEP running socks for winter running, but use the ski socks for cross country skiing and snowboarding as they provide additional padding.
A proud CEP athlete, Jessica runs and recovers in Waterloo, ON. She is addicted to trail running, lattes and adventure racing, not necessarily in that order. You can follow her training on her website at lacesandlattes.com.
Welcome to the New Year 2015! If you are not following us on Facebook and/or Twitter, then you may have missed the announcement that we have started taking applications for our 2015 Team! Applications will be open until midnight on January 15th. Don’t miss out and apply with the link below!
I have been training regularly for the past 10 years including training for IronMan races marathons and recently ran 100 Km raising money to fight kids cancer. At first I tried just the sleeves but later discovered the full socks are great as well. Besides all the technical reasons to wear them before and after runs, they just make me feel fresher even on the long runs.
I believe the CEP compressions socks not only help during my runs and long bike rides but they also help improve recovery so I can get out there again the next day. I also use my socks on long flights (great for veins and prevention of DVT) and when working the floor at a trade show standing up all day. Traveling through airports I get lots of attention and compliments as well as questions from strangers and airport staff.
I am off to bike for 3 weeks in Spain this weekend and also training to run the 100 km fundraiser again so I’ll be enjoying my CEPs.
Thanks for making such a comfortable and helpful product.
I was ready for a change. I had retired from football last year and my body needed a rest from all the sprinting I have done for the last 25 years. I had stayed in shape but hadn’t dug my teeth into another sport… yet.
In December, a friend of mine suggested we do a sprint triathlon to raise money for cancer research. (sprint tri = 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) That was intriguing to me as I have talked with so many triathletes over the past years at the CEP expos and it always sounded like a fun sport. Plus, like everyone, I knew some key people in my life that were taken by the big C. I knew I had some good support people to teach me the ropes. I wasn’t concerned about the bike or run. I have ridden on the road since I was a kid (Jasper to Calgary at 8 years old) and commuted to work regularly, so the bike didn’t scare me. I was a runner, so would need to learn how to run distance again (yes, 5km for me is distance!). Football, track is all about short, powerful bursts, not consistent, long efforts. 50 seconds was a LONG run for me. I was confident I could figure it out though. But, I was NOT a swimmer. Sure, I could play in the water and actually really liked it, but any time I tried to swim more than about 75m, well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty! Could I swim 750m??? That seemed really far to me!
Over Christmas, I got up early a few times with my dad and went swimming with him. It took me almost an hour to do the 750m with a break every 25m to suck some serious air into my over-taxed lungs. I kept at it for a few weeks, swimming 3-4 more times. A winter vacation was a great opportunity to swim almost every day. The learning curve was huge. After 6 swims, I made it 1.5km with only 3 breaks, this was very good progress! My 750m swim was down to 27mins. Not fast, but I could definitely do the swim portion.
So, let’s sign up and raise some money for cancer! I knew I would be racing in memory of a mentor and amazing family friend, Tom Inkster who, like many was taken before his time by cancer. Tom was an amazing individual that taught many young athletes and students to stretch their boundaries in order to accomplish amazing things. His passion for the outdoors and development of youth through experience was unmatched in Calgary.
To participate was an interesting idea, but I thought it even more intriguing to see how much and how fast I could change myself. I didn’t just want to cross the finish line, could I get to a respectable time in 10 weeks if I really went after this?
Since then, I have completely changed my body, nutrition, sleep and training habits. I have dropped almost 15 lbs, regularly get up at 5:30 am. I learned a completely new sport and learned a number of new things about myself. Changing from sprinting to endurance has been both fun and challenging. Adapting the body and mind is such an interesting journey. Those that we know that dealt with cancer had to learn how to adapt in a very rapid and urgent manner, so this was ultimately nothing in the grand scheme! My lofty goal was 1:30 for a sprint triathlon. This goal along with the cause has driven my training to the top level. I have made some huge gains that have made that time a possibility and I look forward to putting it all to the test this Saturday!
My page is www.albertacancer.ca/cjones if you want to join the journey and help the cause.
I would appreciate anything you can do to help me meet my goal of $1000 for this great cause.
Yours in performance,
CEP Canada Distributor
We would like to thank everyone who voted and helped in the decision making process for the Canada Sock 2014!! As you can probably see below by now, the winner is #2 and let me tell you, the results were back and forth and ended up being very close. Production has begun. Be sure to stay tuned for a listing of retailers across the country that will be carrying this fantastic “pride product.”
Option 1: 19%
Option 2: 35%
Option 3: 30%
Option 4: 16%
I guess the other reason you are reading this is to find out who won the Canada Sock giveaway. Well, without any further delay, the winner is… Cassie Hawrysh! Cassie, we will have a pair of your choice of socks or sleeves sent to you and will be the first in the country to own a pair. Exciting!
Yes, that’s right! We have been keeping notes of all the requests for our previous Canada sock and unfortunately we are completely out and have been for a long time. But… we are designing a new Canada sock and YOU get to help! Check out the 4 different designs below and vote on which is your favourite and can’t wait to see in stores. And as we like to do, all comments will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a FREE PAIR OF CANADA SOCKS!!!
Your chance to vote on your favourite sock and be entered to win, will expire Thursday, May 8th at 11:59pm MST. We will be following up with a post letting you know who will be carrying these fancy new socks within the next few weeks. Stay tuned and good luck!
* – Multiple comments will not count as multiple entries into the draw. Only comments made on the CEP Canada website will count. Contest open to residents of Canada only. *
We are here again with our line-up for Team CEP Canada 2014!
Follow our athlete ambassadors as they #rocktheirCEPs from the Olympics to personal bests!
Craig Thomas // Team Canada // Decathlon >> follow Craig on twitter! >> @Craig_AThomas
Jim Finlayson // Elite Runner // 10k/ Half Marathon >> follow Jim!
Phillipe Viau Dupuis // Coureur élite // 5k/10k/Demi-Marathon >> suive-Philippe!
Rose Marie Jarry // Coureur élite // 5k/10k/Spartan Race>> suive-Rose Marie!
Kip Kangogo // Elite Runner // 10k/Half Marathon/Marathon >> follow Kip!
Benard Onsare // Elite Runner // Marathon >> follow Benard!
Lisa Balerna // AG Champion // Triathlon >> follow Lisa!
Alexander Hinton // Elite Triathlete // Triathlon >> follow Alexander on twitter! >> @djashracing
Gareth Hadfield // Athletics // 3000m steeplechase >> follow Gareth!
Dany Guimond-Valcourt // Road Runner // Half Marathon/Marathon >> follow Dany!