Paragon Speed Training Apparel
To develop world class power & speed, an athlete needs to be able to regularly sprint as quickly as possible on a proper straightaway while maintaining muscles at optimum temperature. Further, as all top power athletes know, a proper amount of compression provided by the appropriate fabric can be of further comfort/support to an athlete in training.
Unfortunately in northern countries there are (1) no apparel systems which allow an athlete to train properly for speed in colder northern temperatures, and (2) no warm indoor 400m running facilities with 100m straightaways necessary to develop top speed. This is why most of the world’s best sprinters are from warm weather climates.
To solve these problems for Canadian power and speed athletes, Paragon’s Bock took advantage of new fabrics to design and custom manufacture simple combination apparel systems with ergonomic and aerodynamic cuts to provide unprecedented mobility, aerodynamics, wind protection, muscle-protecting thermal control, and optimum compression – all in the right places. The simple systems take up no space in a training bag, are light weight, and can be worn in any training or competition situation.
1991 Paragon introduces its revolutionary system of training apparel to allow proper speed training in winter temperatures for its Canadian bobsled, track & field, and football athletes.
1993 Future 100m Olympic Champion and WR holder, Donovan Bailey, begins daily training in Paragon sprint clothing.
1994 Paragon’s bobsled push athletes David MacEachern and Jack Pyc are ranked #1 & 2 in the world and combine forces to create the most dominant pushing team in the 100-year history of the sport. The team sets 18 straight world push records, one in each race of the 5 month long season, including both events at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. At those games Dave MacEachern becomes the first 2-man brakeman in Olympic history to help his driver push faster than every other nation’s 4-man team.
In addition to Canadian, Swiss, Italian, and USA Olympic teams wearing Paragon’s clothing at the Lillehammer Olympics, Jamaica uses the clothing and Paragon coaching, nutrition & technology to upset the bobsled world and finish 14th in the elite first seed of the sport.
1995 Donovan Bailey continues daily training in Paragon clothing and wins 100m gold at the World Track and Field Championships.
1996 Bailey wins 100M Olympic Gold in a 9.84 second world record, and asks Paragon to approach adidas about production of the clothing.
1997 adidas is licensed to make Donovan custom made Paragon thermal gear until he retires. Bailey defeats Johnson in “World’s Fastest Man” race held June 1 in Toronto Skydome.