May 28, 2012

Aspaeris Pivot Shorts Giveaway

Seeing as how lately my hip has been hurting like Helena, I was really looking forward to trying out these Aspaeris compression shorts made especially for women and their lady hips. If you've read any running blogs lately, then you've definitely heard of these.

Here's what the company has to say about their product:
Dual Sensory Compression BandsAspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are actually two pairs of shorts bonded together. The Outer Short is a high performance compression short designed to support your muscles. The Inner Short features our breakthrough, Dual Sensory Compression Bands™. These cross-knit bands guide your muscles into the proper position, thereby improving your pivot performance which helps prevent ACL and hip injuries. 

Hi-Performance Compression Aspaeris Pivot Shorts™ are made of very fine, completely seamless, two-way stretch nylon and Spandex. Wicking properties keep moisture away regardless of how hot it gets while Microban® technology virtually eliminates odor-causing bacteria

You'll see the outer short plenty in this post, but here's a look at what's happening inside that double layer of compression.

Aspaeris inner shorts

The first step with these shorts is getting your measurements right. I usually wear size small in running shorts, but I measured for a medium in Aspaeris shorts. I was a little skeptical at first, but when I got them, I knew that I didn't need to worry. They were going to be plenty snug!

Here are my regular size small Nike tights on the left and Aspaeris size medium on the right. Big difference! So the moral of that story is follow the measuring chart even when regular-clothing-size logic tries to tell you otherwise.


When I first slipped these on, I thought they would fit my calves very nicely. Oh wait, I have to keep pulling them up? That's gonna be a problem.


Because I was so excited to try them the instant they arrived, I tried putting them on after a sweaty 5-miler. Mistake. Like day old grits on a plate, those things were not wanting to budge. I found that it worked best to start with clean dry legs, like right out of the shower. Also, if you put them on like pantyhose, it works well. Has anyone reading this ever even worn pantyhose? It's been a long time for me, but I still remember the steps. For these shorts, scrunch everything together, lift above your knee and then guide them evenly up to your hips. Completing one leg at a time also made it easier.


The rise of the shorts is medium. For me (I'm 5'2"), the shorts came up to about an inch under my belly button, and I didn't like it there. That's where I store all of my extra Halloween candy, so it was cutting into my supply a little bit. No problem because I just rolled them down to my hip bones, and it was perfect. I do that with most shorts, so that's not unique to Aspaeris.


You can see the medium rise in this pic, and if you look closely, you can also see where the Dual Sensory Compression Bands hit the back of my legs. Even though it is slightly visible, it wasn't a big deal to me. I want these shorts to compress, which may require a little visible squeezing.


I tested these out in running, yoga, strength training, house cleaning, and vegging. These were amazing in yoga. I could feel the bands aligning my hips, and it felt great to have that little extra push in the postures. When I was running, I felt the same thing. The compression bands were like guides encouraging my legs to have correct alignment. I'm already a big fan of compression with it's increase of blood flow and with that an increase of exercise byproduct removal. These shorts (along with stretching and rolling) definitely helped alleviate soreness in my hips. If you want to read an objective exploration of compression and running, check out this article. It focuses on socks but can apply to hip and leg compression as well.


Even though I haven't tried them playing soccer yet, I'm really looking forward to trying that out. Watch out, Pele.


Leprechauns should also watch out.


Also, I decided that I felt most comfortable wearing them under something, so most days I wore them under a running skirt. They also fit great under any of my regular person pants or shorts too for all-day compressing. They subtract bulk under your clothes, so don't worry when your Spanx get dirty. 


This is where I wanted to make a super funny joke about your hips not lying because they are dual sensory banded into place. Or is it the reverse. Either way, Shakira probably needs some. 

Thanks, Aspaeris, for also offering a pair of compression shorts to one of Yo Momma's readers so their hips don't have to lie either. You pick your size and color. 

To enter:

1. In the comments section, tell me why you need some compression shorts.

Bonus entries (leave a separate comment for each so that I can make sure to count them all):

1. Like my blog via Google Friend Connect (or let me know that you already do).

2. Like Yo Momma Runs on Facebook (or let me know that you already do).


3. Like Yo Momma Runs on Twitter (or let me know that you already do). 

4. Share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for every share. 

I'll pick a winner on Thursday morning, May 31st, using random.org.

Edit: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for reading!

Aspaeris Pivot Shorts provided these shorts for review and giveaway. I received no other compensation, and all thoughts and opinions are from my own noggin. 

141 comments:

  1. I have compression calf sleeves, but have been noticing that after runs my gluteus, hamstrings, and quads feel tight and fatigued.....I think I could really benefit from compression shorts and these look awesome!

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  2. I follow you on GFC!

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  3. I also like your facebook page :)

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  4. I like Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on Facebook!

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  5. I also follow you on twitter!
    @pace_of_laurel

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  6. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/207240630726959104

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  7. I shared the giveaway on Pinterest too!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/278378820687245551/

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  8. I would love to try these and think they would be a big help with my long runs!! Awesome give away! Ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  9. I love compression socks, so why not try some shorts.

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  10. Im a fan of the shorts facebook page!

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  11. Im a twitter follower!!! Have a great week!

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  12. I likes aspaeris pivot shorts on fb

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  13. I've been super curious about compression shorts. I've also been having hip pain and have wondered if compression shorts would help!

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  14. I like Yo Momma Runs on FB!

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  15. I liked Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on FB!

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  16. I already like YMR on Twitter! That's where I first saw this post!!

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  17. I shared your giveaway on my FB!

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  18. I need these shorts because Im falling apart, man. I need to compress what I can so as not to lose the rest of my body to the pavement.

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  19. I like Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on FB. And in real life.

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  20. Love your blog! Love the Aspaeris shorts! I need these babies to keep my wonky hips and pelvis-alignment issues at bay!

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  21. Love your blog!! These shorts look amazing, i def. need them to keep my hips in alignment for physical therapy!!!

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  23. i like yo momma on facebook!!

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  24. I follow yo momma on twitter!

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  25. I like aspaeris pivot shorts on facebook!!

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  26. I need those shorts in a big big way. Mostly because my left hip hurts during and after running, but also because I'm convinced that they will transform my bod to it's circa 19 year old fabulousness.

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  27. Those look awesome! I need some compressing!

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  28. I'm a bloggy friend via google connect.

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  29. I follow you on twitter, too! But I'm not a stalker. Honest.

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  30. I have now liked Aspaeris pivot shorts on FB too.

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  31. I need some compression shorts, because my legs need all of the help they can get! Lately, my knees and calves have been screaming!!!

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  32. I tweeted about this giveaway @seepaigerun.

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  33. I need these shorts because I gave birth to four children which whacks your booty and hips more than any length of run! :)

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  34. I've already got two pairs of Aspaeris shorts so I'm not entering but I love that you described getting them on like putting on pantyhose because that's exactly how I felt the first time I put mine on. I really love mine!

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  35. OMG!!!!! I'm so excited. I love this giveaway. I totally NEED a pair of these. I was just thinking of buying a pair last week. I'm dying to try them!!!

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  36. I follow your blog on Google friend connnect:)

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  37. I follow you on twitter too!!!!

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  38. I just shared this giveaway on my blog's facebook page. thanks so much for the chance. I love this giveaway

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  39. I need compression shorts, b/c I am starting to run and workout after birthing three babies in 4 years. It is time to get my body back in to shape, and I think these shorts will be like my super woman "cape" :)

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  40. I need compression shorts because I love them for recovery! I haven't tried Aspaeris shorts and I've been dying to for months.

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  41. I already like Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on Facebook

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  42. I need compression shorts because I have too much jiggle and wiggle when I run, and I want that all to be compacted nicely so I look like I have more muscle than fat. Okay, seriously? Because I am a huge fan of compression products, but I hate to pay for them. :)

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  43. I already like Yo Momma on Facebook!

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  44. I already follow on Twitter!

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  45. I liked Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on Facebook.

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  46. Shared it on my Facebook page!

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  47. Retweeted this on Twitter....

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  48. Shared it on my blog!

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  49. Already like your blog via Google Friend Connect!

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  50. I would love to try these on my long runs, and especially like your idea of wearing them under a cute skirt.

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  51. I am a new follower via Google Friend Connect.

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  52. I liked the shorts on Facebook too.

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  53. I follow your blog as well! Sure hope I win! Great review and great pictures!

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  54. I need them because I want to see if they can help some of my leg & hip pain when I work out.

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  55. I like Yo Momma Runs on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

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  56. I like Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

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  57. Shared on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/calidreamin87/posts/421798547853804

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  58. Shared on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/207718801817612288

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  59. Pinned:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/168814686002659702/

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  60. I need them because I finished my first marathon 3 days ago, and I bet they would feel so great right now.

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  61. I need these bad boys because as a working mom of two boys I do NOT have time to be sore :) Also - I love anything that prevents chub rub :)

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  62. Liked Yo Mamma Runs on Facebook

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  63. Liked Aspaeris Shorts on Facebook

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  64. Following Yo Mama Runs on twitter

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  65. I would love to use these. I have very tight IT bands and would like to see if the compression would help.

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  66. Followed you on facebook and Twitter! Already like (and love) Aspaeris!

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  67. I have been eying these for months! I have chronic ITB issues and I hope they will help!

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  68. I'm a (new) follower on GFC.

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  69. I need compression shorts because of my hip/hamstring issues!!

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  70. I need compression shorts because my hips have been tight and sore like crazy after my runs!

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  71. I liked Aspaeris on facebook!

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  72. My left hip region has been all wonky for a year. I'm ust getting back to normal and it would be nice have something to keep things in place!

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  73. I like aspaeris on fb! (Which is where I found you :)

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  74. I have had a hip problem for a few years and I would love some compression shorts. Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  75. I need compression shorts because I LUUURV them and I need a new pair!

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  76. Already liked Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on facebook

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  77. Now following you on Twitter!

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  78. I like Aspaeris on facebook...that is how I found you ;)

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  79. I'm now following your blog. I'm so glad to have found your blog!

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  80. Due to a pesky piriformis, I am always on the look out for compression shorts. I think some weeks I need to live in them!

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  81. I follow you on twitter now! @RunningMom6

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  82. I need some compression shorts so I can have some great workout clothes!

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  83. i follow through gfc - Stefanie Gladden

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  84. Liked Yo Momma Runs on Facebook - Stefanie Gladden

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  85. Like Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on Facebook. - Stefanie Gladden

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  86. following yomommaruns on twitter - @steffers516

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  87. shared on twitter - https://twitter.com/steffers516/status/207915620044513281

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  88. I need these for training for my first marathon!

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  89. I follow you on Twitter via @mainemomrunning!

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  90. love my compression socks and have heard SUCH good things about these shorts... NEED them!

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  91. i already "like" aspaeris on Facebook

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  92. With my hip issue I'd love to see if these helped.

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  93. I already liked yo momma on FB :)

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  94. shared the link on FB as well

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  95. Why me? The better question is why not me? I have run for over 6 years in compression shorts. I won't run unless I have them under my other shorts. I am what they would call a compression shorts connoisseur. I have Nike, Champion, New Balance and REI compression shorts. I would love to try these out and see how they stack up against the competition.
    BTW...love the shots of you in them. By far the best advertisement they could get!

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  96. You are fantastic and I love reading your blog. I need some of these shorts because yesterday Sophie told me I have the jiggiliest buns ever. Oh man. I'm sure they would help me run faster too.

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  97. These shorts are the BOMB! Not going to enter because I already own two pairs, but I'm excited for the person who wins!

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  98. If you enjoy working out, running or just playing sports in general, you have probably been introduced to or have heard of pivot shorts and these are really good updates about pivot shorts.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/athleticwear-athletic-shorts.htm

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